10 Business Clichés That Prove You’re Lazy

Recognize any of the platitudes on this list? Here’s why you should stop using them–now. Whipping out a platitude isn’t just annoying. Using some platitudes also shows you’re lazy–and not just in words but in actions: “Work smarter, not harder.” What happens when you say that to me? One: You imply I’m stupid. Two: You imply whatever I’m doing should… Continue reading

To Find Happiness, Forget About Passion

Several years ago, a friend decided she wanted to follow her passion. She loved the liberal arts and academe. She was a talented graphic designer, a great writer, and was the president of a student club. But the prospect of working a nine-to-five job was never interesting. I can’t blame her. After all, ours is a millennial generation proselytized to… Continue reading

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of bureaucratic power. In order to engage in a conversation about leadership, you have to assume you have no power… Continue reading

You Have to Treat People in Different Ways : Carlos Brito

Anheuser-Busch CEO says a people-friendly company is a successful company. Carlos Brito is the man who engineered the surprise 2008 buyout of Anheuser-Busch and its iconic American brands and brought them under the umbrella of Brazil’s InBev. A Stanford MBA, the Brazilian-born Brito worked for Shell Oil and Daimler-Benz before joining Brahma, a beer and soft drinks company. Over the… Continue reading

Looking for a little self-help?

You want to improve yourself, but who has time to read all of those self-help books? Never fear, the staff at New York Magazine did the work for you and summarized the key advice contained in some of the best. • How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, by Nicholas Boothman. When you’re talking to someone,… Continue reading