Leaders are Forged, Part 2

I blogged recently on leadership and becoming an expert by overcoming failure, and the concept has stuck with me for a week or so. I’d touched on the concept of how the best thought leaders tend to be those who have overcome failure rather than those who have succeeded (perhaps by accident) in most of their…

The Cost of Minimum Tact

An Oasis Cafe has been in the business spotlight recently for taking out their frustrations about a raise in minimum wage on its customers. The gist: they’ve added a line item to all receipts entitled “Minimum Wage Fee” for $0.35. Their justification is that the $0.75/hour increase in wages will cost the company an additional $10,000…

When the Experience is Enough

I pulled the memory card out of a broken camera (another story) this morning and realized the pictures on it are about 10 months old from a trip to Myrtle Beach. Chuckling at myself for a moment that I’d never moved the pictures to a computer, a thought occurred to me. It was a trip I…

The Blogger

Growing as a writer (or anything really, but in this case writing) means learning to swat away condescension and staying prolific amid negativity. It’s an ongoing struggle that few really master — I certainly haven’t — but it’s not without its small triumphs along the way. One such moment for me was the second run-in with…

Experts are Forged, Not Born

Everyone’s an expert — just listen and they’ll tell you. The thing about anyone in a position of authority is that, out of self preservation and general marketing sense, they tend to focus on their big wins to demonstrate why people should listen to them. But this presentation lacks context. Nobody wakes up one day…