How I Start a Project: Team Building Part 2

May 23, 2016

Here are the next two steps I take to build a team:

Take 5 minutes

Showing up early to a meeting or to work and spending those few minutes getting to know someone pays off. People say what they need, share what’s important to them and are constantly speaking through their body language. People like to talk about themselves, so get them talking.


How I Start a Project: Team Building Part 1

May 16, 2016

I recently sat down with a friend who asked my advice on building a team when you have a team composed of fresh-out-of-college team members to mid-career team members and the experienced-this-is-how-we-do-things team members. I don’t think he appreciated the answer, because there is no quick and easy way to build a team.


Stop the Drift and Start Living!

February 5, 2016

We have a tendency to focus on our careers and push the rest to the margins of our life. This leads to a life of regret. It leads to a reactionary life – reacting to every circumstances. But having a life plan allows you to withstand storms that come, because it gives you depth and focus.



April 6, 2015

The start of becoming a leader was recognizing I was not one. And like the first time I picked up the saxophone and awkwardly fingered the first few half-notes of Mary Had a Little Lamb – I was years and thousands of hours of practice away from sounding like Paul Desmond performance of Take Five.