3 Strategies for Achieving Greatness

  This week, I received a text from a very smart, ambitious college sophomore, whom I also mentor. In his words, he was trying to "figure some things out" but didn't know exactly what to ask from me. He has another mentor, who happens to be a dear friend of mine and a brilliant leadership [...]

The Power of Relationships in a Job Search

Follow-Ups Shouldn’t Come Years Later Every week, it seems that I get 3 or 4 phone calls requesting help in finding a job. More often than not, the individual wanting my help either doesn’t know me personally, or does know me but has not connected with me in a number of years. This week in [...]

Millennials and Boomers: Making Music at Work Together

Facing the Millennial Music I know for certain that baby boomers and millennials, in literal terms, almost always listen to different music. These differences in musical preferences are stark in many cases and are even analogous for the differences between the two generations in the workplace. But it is quite possible that, working together, these [...]

Millennials and Boomers: Just How Different Are They?

Millennials vs. Baby Boomers in the Workplace: Myths and Truths In the past 2 weeks, I have been asked to do 17 radio interviews around the country about the differences between baby boomers and millennials in terms of how they approach work. The data seems to be clear that millennials are now and will continue [...]

What is the Relationship Edge and How Does it Give us an “Edge”?

My very first book was called The Relationship Edge. I learned years ago that I could get an edge in business IF customers and prospects valued a relationship with me. That edge would ultimately turn out to be a catalyst for my success in sales and in management. People do buy from, follow and listen to people who [...]

Putting the Link in LinkedIn

One of the things I enjoy most is meeting young, talented individuals who are entering the workforce with an eye on sales and sales leadership.  In fact, I enjoy it so much, I have volunteered to teach a class twice a year for the past 12 years at a University in the Midwest. The Dean [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|Business Relationships, Networking, Relationships, Sales|1 Comment

Just a Little Understanding

It's hard to watch television this days without getting the sense that "true understanding" is in reasonably short supply in many circles in our country; however, several things I have read over the years have led me to the conclusion that one of the most critical traits of really successful people is an open mind. The statement, "The mind doesn't work unless it's open" has been drilled into many of us over our life time yet I would venture to say that many of us have found ourselves in recent months with anything but a truly open mind.

By | January 26th, 2017|Business Relationships, Mindset, Pharma Sales, Selling|0 Comments

The “One-Minute” Call: Messaging Challenge or Relationship Issue?

We hear it constantly. Sales representatives say, “I need something new to say because I can’t get more than a few seconds with my customer.” It’s easy to put the blame on the message. But in reality, the problem may not be your messaging—but rather your relationship.

By | June 15th, 2016|Business Relationships, Pharma Sales, Relationships, Selling|0 Comments