Yearly Archives: 2013

What Can a Murder Mystery Teach You About Business Writing?

I grew up reading lots of murder mysteries. Agatha Christie was one of my favorites, and one of my enduring childhood memories is that of Hercule Poirot in the movie “Murder on the Orient Express”. When I started teaching business

Mavericks at Work

Red Lake, a Canadian gold mining company was struggling to find the most optimum drilling locations in its recently acquired 55,000 acre mining area. The maverick CEO decided to use the power of open source thinking to tap into the

Irreverence is Powerful…and Fun

Irreverence is a two edged sword when used on public websites and if done well, it can help you build a loyal audience. My friend Amit often orders food from a fast growing, upstart fast food chain called Faasos. One

The 3 Essentials for Getting Your Business Case Approved and Funded

Through my consulting and corporate training career I have worked with several organizations that struggle with innovation, creativity, and implementation of new ideas. Contrary to popular belief, the struggle most often is not with the ability to generate new and

Use The Power of “I” to Resolve Conflicts

One of the best professors I ever had was Joe Bentley at the University of Utah School of Business. Joe was a legend at the University. He was an expert at organizational behaviour, and would really come into his own

On Writing Well

I found the recommendation for the book “On Writing Well” on a blog, and since I do a fair bit of writing, I decided to get a copy and read it. It turned out to be one of the smartest

Things you should never ever say in a job interview

Over the years I have interviewed hundreds of candidates for jobs in my organization, and as you might expect, there are some things that some candidates say, that really tick me off. Chances are that if you say one or

Belief – the biggest motivator

22 years ago my dear friend Kiran Ramineni taught me one of the most valuable lessons of my life – there is no motivation bigger than belief. Kiran was a short, intense guy, one of a group of brilliant engineers

Six signs that you are not in control of your time & priorities

Effectiveness is about setting priorities around your goals, and then organizing yourself around these priorities – but this is easier said than done. Here are six sure signs that you are either not in control of your time, or worse

Are you using Techno-Latin in your corporate communication?

Around the year 2001 I read the book “The Cluetrain Manifesto“. One of the authors of this book was a guy called Doc Searls, a very popular early blogger. Doc Searls has been described as “one of the deep thinkers