February

“THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF”

That was Bogey’s last line in “The Maltese Falcon,” and his answer to someone’s question about the mysteriously wrapped package that people were willing to give their lives for, after which the unforgettable epic 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart, was named. Yes, there are those ‘things” that have meaning far beyond their obvious value that people are willing to give up everything for. And… read more

LIVE FULLY

There’s a thoroughly charming children’s book by Arnold Lobel that I read to Kate and Abigail when they were little, called Grasshopper on the Road. It’s about a grasshopper who decided one morning to go on a journey. “I will find a road,” he said, “I will follow that road wherever it goes.” On his journey, Grasshopper… read more

“I AM BECAUSE OF YOU”

I’ve been writing a lot lately about change, American values, optimism and big hearts – in spite of – or maybe because of the current political climate and executive orders of the recent weeks –  which seem to be speaking another language; a language unfamiliar and strident to the American ear… But recently, I’ve read… read more

HOW TO WIN OVER A HOSTILE AUDIENCE…

We are all, no matter our profession, position or personal situation in life, more and more frequently faced with an uphill battle in our effort to make a “sale” - whether we’re pitching a new product, a  new service, a new program – or ourselves for the next “big thing.” Budgets are beyond tight, “management” in most companies or… read more

IT’S NOT JUST WHAT YOU SAY, IT’S HOW YOU SOUND…

Here’s what I’ve learned over the years from my own public speaking and from helping others to present themselves powerfully and even unforgettably:The words we say are critical but just as important is the sound we make when we say them. In fact, if the sound is “off” your audience might not even hear the words… This past week,… read more

“BE HAPPY…STILL”

I’m worried about Boston. I mean, how much can one city take? Of course, the answer is: A Lot. If you’re Boston. Like four blizzards and seven feet of precipitation in three weeks, which as E.J. Graff wrote in Friday’s op-ed section of the N.Y.Times, “Boston’s Winter From Hell” “…crushed roofs, burst gutters, destroyed roads and… read more

IN THE END, IT’S ALL ABOUT DINNER

No really, it is. Seriously. I mean, it is for me. It starts early in the morning, usually when Jim, Willa (our Golden Retriever) and I are running around the reservoir in Central Park and Jim says, as he does every morning without fail, “So whattaya feel like for dinner?” And I always smile because I’m already happy… read more

EVERYBODY FUMBLES

EVERYBODY FUMBLES It’s true. We all do. There’s no way around it. We drop the ball, we blow the call, we forget our lines in the middle of the play, we totally misread the signals… Or maybe we pass when we should’ve run…The bottom line is, we blow it. It happens. But luckily, for most of us, … read more

WHAT MATTERS

I wrote the “Motivator” below a little over a year ago. Although I’ve walked along the same block on Fifth Avenue countless times, I haven’t seen the young man I spoke of again…yet. But I look for him every time I’m on “his block.” Of course, there is usually another young man (or woman) sitting… read more