Not Knowing is Not Permanent

This morning I was reading a discussion on an on-line forum when I encountered a reference to Marshall McLuhan. Well, the name used was McLuhan, and as I was unable to recall his first name I turned to my favorite search engine. Marshall McLuhan. Wikipedia has a good...

Invisible Rip Tides Sink Mergers and Marriages

Constance R. Dierickx, Ph.D. The business news is filled with stories of failed mergers or acquisitions. Buffets Restaurant Corporation buys Ryan’s for 1 billion dollars and is in bankruptcy in less than 18 months. Estimates of failures for mergers are that up to 90%...

Intelligence or Memorex?

Recently a client asked me why he so often over-estimates the intelligence of people he is interviewing for a senior role. Here’s my answer – Senior people have: Experience, from which they derive: Content knowledge and Vocabulary If they didn’t,...

Land Your Plane!

A key difference between people who have tremendous impact and those who don’t is command of language. As I write this, numerous examples of poor communicators leap to mind blotting out the image of those few who are exceptionally skilled. Lately I’ve seen a number of...