How has the employer/employee relationship changed?

“Work increasingly is being driven by a project orientation that requires short or finite time horizons.  While many organizations do have  and have had such a basic structure, typically they have warehoused employees during periods of inactivity.

“The implied contract between employer and employee reflects a practical understanding that neither is expected to make long-term commitments to the other.  When the relationship ends, the employee does not feel betrayed or ill-used and the employer recognizes a responsibility to provide assistance of a financial and transitional nature.  Loyalty on the part of the employee is to his or her skills and the extent to which she or he is employable.  Loyalty to the organization is reinforced by the fact that the employer provides training and other resources that increase individual employability.”

Quoted from Thriving in the Changing Workplace, now available in print or eBook from  Or contact


Why is commitment so critical to your business’s success?

“In the years that I have worked with people going through the process of organizational engendered career change, I have come to believe that desire and courage are the components that constitute commitment.  The willingness and the ability to step out into new areas of work that essentially place a person on his or her own, requires commitment to the task and the determination to do whatever it takes to find the right combination for success.  Fundamental to this outcome is the desire to be independent and the courage to take measured risk and to maintain effort with consistency of purpose even when the goal seems difficult to discern in the distant haze.

“But as Theodore Roosevelt said,  ‘It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

‘Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.'”

Quoted from  The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition, now available in print or eBook from Amazon.  Or contact

How can risk become a source of motivation to the small business owner?

“Did you think that entrepreneurs are high rollers?  Not according to the research.  Yet, as stated earlier, they are not risk aversive.  They are, however, willing (that word, again) to take a measured risk to make a desired contribution and to earn a corresponding financial reward.  While there is little gain without pain, a small risk will usually produce a small reward.

“While there are certainly risks in every business, the perception of risk can be marginalized when all work together to maintain a positive perspective and who foster a belief in success.  Achieving small, measurable goals serves a great purpose in creating and maintaining the belief in a successful outcome.  The old expression, “nothing succeeds like success” is not only a truism, it is truth itself.  People who believe in themselves and in the intrinsic value of their work,  will be creative and committed to finding the right path to follow and the courage to do whatever is required, no matter how great the challenge.”

Quoted from  The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition, now available in print

A Key to Success in the Marketplace: Be Yourself

“People come to me with all sorts of notions, e.g., should I shave my moustache or beard?  Should I die my graying hair?  I only lacked one semester, can’t I say I have a degree?

“The collective answer is “no.”  What’s wrong with a neat beard or moustache?  You say, “But some people don’t like beards or moustaches.”  That’s true; however, some people are going to find something about anyone that they may choose not to like, whether it’s their age, race, or maybe just the way they part their hair.  The key concept is to be what you are, because if you become committed to getting in front of people and building relationships, you will find people who like you for who you are and what you have to offer, irrespective of the aspects of your being that you may have become programmed to think are negative. Remember that temptation is the willingness to believe that we are less than we are.”

Quoted from Thriving in the Changing Workplace, now available in print or eBook from  Or contact