Is Your Change Tasty Enough?

I don’t drink, but I’ve enjoyed two wine tasting sessions with expert sommeliers. It’s amazing how much you can appreciate with just your sense of smell. A chart of aromas is often provided to assist your nose; I’ve always been intrigued that ‘wet dog’ is a distinct wine smell. No one is looking for a
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 08, 2017

Pushing for Higher Performance? Revere the Energy Addict

Have you seen an energy addict? They walk with eyes aimed low, tablet or phone in hand, scanning walls one foot off the ground looking for an outlet. The ultimate energy opportunists, they plug in as soon as a power source is available, even with a battery at 95%. We find them hanging out by
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 08, 2017

Buy, Borrow or Bypass: Linchpin by Seth Godin

I wanted to love this book. Then I wanted to hate this book. Seth Godin has a very strong reputation and when this title appeared at the library prior to my vacation, I eagerly downloaded it to my reader. There are some very good nuggets in this book, however, you have to really dig to find
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Mar 26, 2017

When is a stretch goal unrealistic?

During a recent speech on executive communications I demonstrated how messages can have unintended consequences. A positive message can be applied in a negative way. At the time my focus was on Wells Fargo and recent findings that employees had illegally signed up customers for new products (read the story). It’s easy to envision the
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Mar 20, 2017

Fear is your Friend

Most people are aware of the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. A lecture on stress is usually accompanied by references to the ‘lizard brain’ and the negative effects on our ability to learn or think clearly. This leads to a discussion of coping mechanisms we can use ‘in the moment’. I don’t want to cope; I
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Mar 12, 2017