Winning an Audition. Losing the Job.

December 14th, 2011 (13 Comments)

She jokingly called her students “germ bags” and described school parents as “snobby” and “arrogant.” On Facebook. As a result, this Massachusetts math and science teacher lost her $92,636-a-year job. A waitress at a pizza restaurant in uptown Charlotte was fired after making derogatory remarks about customers who’d made her work an hour past the […]

Are you afraid of raising your rates?

December 9th, 2011 (25 Comments)

“Those who can’t build value, have nothing left but to compete on price.” Paul Strikwerda At the end of December 2011, Alex Rodriguez had earned $39,000,000. That’s 33 million in salary and winnings from the New York Yankees, and 6 million in endorsements. Not bad for a year’s work. Do you think he’s worth it? In […]

The Amateur Infestation

December 1st, 2011 (65 Comments)

They’re everywhere. Haven’t you noticed? Take one good look. Let’s start with your online shopping. Who’s responsible for most reviews on Experts? Consumer advocates? Independent test laboratories? No. Amateurs! Who just gave your favorite movie two stars on Netflix? The movie critic of the New York Times? No. Amateurs! What kind of people put the “reality” […]

Those Bloody Bottom Feeders

November 17th, 2011 (51 Comments)

“It’s not the crook we fear in modern business; rather, it’s the honest guy who doesn’t know what he is doing.” Owen Young The lines have been drawn. The time to mince words is over. Every day, our community seems to get more polarized around the issue of low rates. Listen to the buzz. Look […]

The Lowdown on Lowballing

November 10th, 2011 (70 Comments)

You’ve probably heard the story of the priest who preached the same sermon every Sunday. After a few weeks, some of the parishioners got tired of it and demanded an explanation. “Do you really want to know why I’m repeating myself at every service?” asked the priest. The crowd nodded. “I will continue to tell […]

Are You a Winner or a Whiner?

November 4th, 2011 (12 Comments)

We all do it. With the best of intentions. We tell ourselves that this is the year we will turn things around. Finally. We even tell the world. And then we move on with our lives and ‘forget’ about it. A year passes, and we wonder why nothing has changed. And we always find something […]

Why Some Will Never Make It

September 22nd, 2011 (78 Comments)

I remember exactly where I was when it happened. On my way to Las Vegas, I popped in a Tony Robbins tape from his Personal Power series. Tony Robbins is a hugely successful motivational speaker, trainer and writer. If you have a million dollars, he’ll give you his private number and you may call him […]

The Essence of Excellence

September 8th, 2011 (25 Comments)

Some have called him the greatest performer of spoken word of our time. His videos have brought YouTube viewers to tears. His powerful performances turned comic book addicts into poetry lovers. In 2000, he won the individual championship at the National Poetry Slam in Providence, Rhode Island – beating 250 North American competitors. In doing […]

Freelancing and Fresh Fish

September 1st, 2011 (11 Comments)

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass”   One sunny day, a fishmonger put up the […]

Hanging Up My Hat

August 25th, 2011 (41 Comments)

“I will give you my personal prediction on what will implode first: Blogs containing information that serves no one but the writer, and his/her inner circle without fact-checking.” Steven Lowell The dust has finally settled. Give it a few months, and last week’s discussion will rise out of the ashes and begin a new life […]