Humans of New York

When Brandon Stanton got laid off from his financial job in 2010, he took a risk that many aspiring artists would like to take: he moved to New York to pursue his passion for photography. Stanton took to the streets with his camera, shooting portraits of random New Yorkers he encountered on his walkabouts of the city. Thus was his …

The Greatest Gift

The holidays can be a stressful time. There are preparations to be made, travel to be booked, and social situations with acquaintances, colleagues, professional contacts, and relatives with whom we might disagree.  Hundreds of news articles have been devoted to the idea that Americans are more divided now than we’ve been in generations. To help people prepare for such situations, …

Ask For What You Want

Recently, I heard a story about a man who worked at the UN. After 27 years of service, he was finally taking retirement. At his exit interview, he was asked by a Human Resources Manager for “feedback” on working conditions in his department. Was there anything that could be improved? The man thought for a while before answering: “Well, I …

The Social Network

According to research, about 85% of all jobs are filled through some form of personal referral. Understanding this simple fact is essential for making progress in your career and in your life in general. Back when I worked in recruitment, we used to have a saying that “People hire people.” And it’s as true now as then. The word “networking” …

The Art of Persuasion

Most of the work I do with executive leaders and teams could be summed up in a single word: communication. How to get it right, and what to do when things occasionally go wrong. Whether you are selling a product, pitching an investor or negotiating a peace agreement in the Middle East – the goal is always the same: how …

Cool Running

If you haven’t seen the movie “42” – I highly recommend that you do. It is the inspirational true story of how Jackie Robinson broke through Major League Baseball’s color barrier during the 1950’s. One of most powerful scenes in the movie has Robinson trying to concentrate at bat, while in the background, he is taunted mercilessly, relentlessly, by a …