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November 2012

Evaluating New (or Needed) Skill Sets

It’s easy to become complacent when our personal or work environments lack stimulus or when change doesn’t seem to come quite fast enough; however, now that signs of an improving economy are beginning to show, we need to shift into the right mindset and begin to make the most of the upturn. Read More »

Date: November 7, 2012

August 2012

A Tribute to Pacific Continental Bank on Its 40th Anniversary

I would like to pay tribute to Pacific Continental Bank, the organization where I’ve had the privilege of working for almost 25 years. Today, rather than muse about lessons learned or thoughts on leadership, I’m going to reflect upon what I believe makes Pacific Continental unique: its commitment to the community and its desire to share entrepreneurial value with clients. Combined, these have helped us become the organization we are today. Read More »

Date: August 15, 2012

Collaboration Does Not Equate to Compromise

Quite often, to the detriment of his or her organization, a leader accepts compromise when collaboration fails. Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when one’s hands are tied and compromise provides the best course of action; I get that. Too many times, however, when leaders allow themselves or their staff to accept compromise instead of demanding collaboration, key strategic goals and objectives may be sacrificed or minimized. Read More »

Date: August 1, 2012

May 2012

Fast Is Better Than Perfect

In this “musing,” I am taking a somewhat controversial stance in hopes of provoking a healthy dialogue. Read More »

Date: May 16, 2012

January 2012

Insights on Effective Teams and Leaders

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Date: January 18, 2012

October 2011

Is It Good For Business?

Every relationship has limits, and those limits are especially tenuous when communication problems lead to a loss of respect and trust. Read More »

Date: October 26, 2011

June 2011

Is Being a Leader Worth the Effort?

The title of this post highlights a question that I have been asked many times by professionals. Attached is a link to a terrific article titled From Drift to Clarity that I think will be of benefit to all leaders, especially those whose careers may be adrift. I invite you to read the article and then ponder a couple of comments that I have listed below, which relate. Please feel free to post your own comments on the message board if you feel so obliged! Read More »

Date: June 29, 2011

May 2011

Winning is a Mental Asset

When I was in elementary school, my father encouraged my younger brother and me to join a wrestling club. I have two memories from this experience: First, I remember wrestling boys bigger than me as they paired us by age, not size or weight; and second, I remember a match against someone whose reputation was that of a bully. He was about my size but wore a permanent scowl and entered the arena strutting like he couldn’t lose. Guess what? I won the match by pinning him to the mat. Read More »

Date: May 11, 2011

February 2011

Are You A Dreamer or Believer?

Every day, I get the opportunity to work with a large group of talented individuals, many of whom wonder what they need to do to enhance their career, earn more money or simply create more value for the company.  They dream of “bigger and better” but struggle with the steps required to turn their dream into a reality. Read More »

Date: February 23, 2011

September 2010

Value of Entrepreneurial Spirit

From time to time, throughout my professional career, certain life concepts have been reinforced; concepts such as thinking for myself, seeking out the right resources in order to make the best possible decision, and prioritizing my findings so they can be articulated effectively. Read More »

Date: September 8, 2010

June 2010

Motivation by Inspiration, Part II

In my last posting, I suggested that motivation can be created by inspired leadership. I would like to continue this line of thought by further defining the leadership role in motivation by inspiration. Read More »

Date: June 23, 2010

Motivation by Inspiration, Part I

I’ve heard it said that all motivation is self-motivation. Personally, I believe that to be true. It’s also been said that one of the most important tasks of a leader is to motivate their team members to accomplish specific organizational or individual goals. To some this might appear to be a difficult, if not a downright impossible task, because leaders must find ways to motivate individuals who may lack the passion or confidence to demonstrate strong initiative. Read More »

Date: June 16, 2010

May 2010

Evolving Influence of Business Strategies

As I reflect upon traditional business theory and the most popular business books on strategy, leadership, marketing and organizational culture, one book that was profound for me early in my career was “Guerrilla Marketing” by Jay Conrad Levinson. I found the information to be pertinent because of its tangible simplicity and because of its real world relevance. While I could say the same about many of the other great business authors whom I’ve had the pleasure of learning from and being inspired by, I want to use the book “Guerrilla Marketing” to make a point about traditional business and how I believe traditional business must evolve into in order to change the way society views and is impacted by its influences. I see new business practices evolving right under our eyes and it has more to do with style than substance. Read More »

Date: May 19, 2010