“I was stuck,” says BrandAxion president Jeff Danzer. advertisement advertisement In September, the marketing strategy entrepreneur says he realized that something was amiss: the projects that used to be getting greenlights were forming a traffic jam at his desk. “I started looking for an executive skills coach because I realized I needed some help,” he says. So he made a post on local-services marketplace Thumbtack. He was looking for chemistry with an executive coach when he met Devin Martin. “I was blown away by the ease with which I was able to speak with him and what he was able to draw out from me in just that first meeting,” he says. “(The reason I came to him) was to help with my business, but Devin was quick to point out that things that were happening in business were rooted in things that were happening in my entire life.” Martin, a Brooklyn-based life coach, helped Danzer set goals for uncovering what was going on in … [Read more...] about A Look Inside The “Wild West” Of Life Coaching
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advertisement advertisement The year 2012 is not only the Year of the Dragon, it also marks 30 years since In Search of Excellence was published. While there have been voices over the years which have been critical of the book’s methodology, its resulting content, and even its writing style, the case can be made that it is the most influential management book not only in these last 30 years but perhaps–just perhaps–ever. Hyperbole? Consider: It created a new genre of “best seller” business books, works that were not only informative but interesting and highly readable for Everyman. With a few exceptions, such as McGregor, Chandler, Sloan, maybe Drucker, many (most?) prior books on management/leadership were arcane tomes written by academics for academics and practitioners and were rarely found on any popular “best seller” list. Now “business” is considered a book category in itself thanks in no small part to … [Read more...] about The Most Influential Business Book Of The Last 30 Years?
advertisement advertisement A couple of months ago, as I boarded my plane home to Australia, I found a large brown envelope waiting for me on my seat. Neat handwriting on the envelope said, “A personal note to Mr Lindstrom.” My curiosity was piqued. Inside was a bunch of newspapers and a handwritten letter. It explained, “We’ve noticed you’ve been away from home for some time, so we thought you might enjoy some local news before we get you safely back.” I’m a firm believer that anyone with any kind of business savvy will aim to over-deliver and under-promise. Yet, for some unknown reason, the opposite seems to hold true. Perhaps this belief dates back to when I was a young kid obsessed with Lego. I’d get the box and build the car, the helicopter, the castle or whatever, and always at the end of each project I had a couple of spare Lego bricks. I treasured these almost more than the finished toy, and regarded them as a special … [Read more...] about Pinched By A Virgin
In his book ‘Poor Charlie’s Almanack’ legendary investor and author Charlie Munger writes ‘spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day- if you live long enough- like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.’Independent investor and investing coach Vishal Khandelwal lives by these words. An analyst who quit his job at the age of 34 to focus on teaching the Aam Aadmi the art and science of investing. Safal Niveshak, Hindi for successful investor, has been his platform where he gives online training on investing. A prolific writer, Vishal spends 75 percent of his waking time in reading and learning.Vishal does not like to speak about his stock picks and the returns his investment has generated. The fact that he has been able to come out of a job by taking care of all his liabilities gives an insight that he has done well for himself.Close Vishal is known more as a teacher of … [Read more...] about The analyst who quit his job to be a teacher and a ‘Safal Niveshak’
The Air India saga has all the making of the sort of family soap opera beloved of Indian audiences. If you will forgive the stereotypes, the government represents the nagging future mother-in-law, the airline the hapless bride and employees the scheming sister-in-law.It’s no surprise the wedding did not happen. Suitors took flight when they realised the mother-in-law and sister-in-law were going to accompany the bride. To top it all, the bride was no open book (neither, probably was the suitor, but the bride is, as ever, being held to higher standards); her secrets would be revealed only after the engagement ring was slipped on.A key concern that has been reported in the media is that the potential buyer felt threatened by the level of management clout that the government would continue to exercise at a 24 percent holding: All the rights of a majority shareholder rather than a minority one.Close Another concern was the debt that would come with the company. As per information … [Read more...] about COMMENT-The problems with the Big Fat Air India wedding: Meddlesome in-laws, secrets, bad stars