• Why You Need to Invest More in Soft Skills

    Why were you hired for your last job, or what made you hire someone? Impressive training, accomplishments, and certifications? They may not have factored in as much as you think. Flip a coin. Heads you get hired based on your ‘hard’ skills (accounting, marketing, programming); tails it’s your ‘soft’ skills (boundary enforcement, communication, emotional intelligence, etc.). Think the odds are wrong? You're right—50% for soft skills is too low. You Need More Soft Skills In a 2018 LinkedIn s…

  • The Importance of Absolute Responsibility

    Power is the ability to achieve intended results. No matter what you want in life (better health, improved relationships, more free time, a better job, or upgraded finances) they all require increasing your power. And the single best way to do that is to take absolute responsibility. Period. So many of us are filled with excuses. If you’re late to work, you blame traffic rather than admit you didn’t leave early enough. If you’re not making enough money, you blame the economy or lack of opport…

  • Eddie Murphy is a Transformative Leader

    In 1982, I was a 14-year-old white boy growing up in Southern California. Eddie Murphy was the biggest thing in the world to my friends and I. Eddie Murphy produced comedy albums and was featured on “Saturday Night Live”; so in our eyes, he was already an adult. We couldn’t fathom that he was scantly 7 years older than us. Cocooned in Caucasian Southern California we had no way of knowing the magnitude of the tectonic transformation Eddie was unleashing on professional comedy and American cultu…