May 28th, 2018
Back in my venture capital days I was fortunate to travel to a number of cities where our technology company investments were located. During one of these trips, within a few years after 9/11, I was flying out of an airport somewhere on the west coast, I don’t remember…Read More!
April 10th, 2018
Lessons learned from the world of start-ups. About one in ten survives the first five years of existence. There are two highly understood reasons. My guess is it’s not what you think.
As many of you know almost 8 years of my career was spent as a partner with one of the largest venture capital firms in the country. I was hired there with an ominous first year assignment…..Read More!
April 2nd, 2018
Happy Easter everyone! Although for those of us in the ‘burg it still feels more like hockey weather than baseball weather. In any case spring is just around the corner – although that prognosticator from Punxsutawney should be sent back to training…Read More!
March 13, 2018
There’s never been a stronger case – nor a period of time – where the need for exceptional Human Resource leadership was front and center. If your organization has cases similar to those highlighted in this month’s newsletter – look no further than the leadership of your people. That leadership isn’t just the HR Lead – it’s every executive…Read More!
February 09, 2018
The Olympics – the purest form of all things Human Capital! I can’t wait for the Olympics to come around every two years between the summer and winter games. I’m a little partial to the summer events, maybe because by February in Pittsburgh I’m just about over the bitter cold and snow fall. And true to form,…Read More!
January 31st, 2018
When John Hoerr wrote the seminal work ‘And The Wolf Finally Came: The Decline of the American Steel Industry’ in 1988 he outlined exactly how and why the US Steel Industry crashed. In its wake are dozens of desolate little towns scattered all around western Pennsylvania. Aliquippa, Homestead, Monongahela, they’re everywhere. It doesn’t take much …Read More!
December 20th, 2017
So our fair city is now one of the finalists for the next AMAZON headquarters. Is this a good thing or a bad thing??? Almost everyone says it’s Santa Clause while a select few think this might be the GRINCH. First, why this is a GREAT thing! To bring somewhere between 10,000 and 50,000…Read More!
November 29th, 2017
The Biggest HR Disaster of 2017 They say that 85% of an iceberg is underwater. If that is so we are only seeing a mere fraction of what is to come. It’s amazing how this is only now front page news and finally causing change – significant change. Politicians (presidents past and present) and sports figures (think Jerry Sandusky) and now finally Hollywood. Perhaps it took a lightning rod like President Trump to bring this full circle, but the sad thing…Read More!
June 14th, 2017
Back-to-Back! Have you ever wondered why the truly great get there, stay there, and have a level of continuity that is seemingly unmatched? Our beloved Penguins…Read More
Opening Day 2017 – How the Situation of McCutchen is an Issue we see in the Office on a Regular Basis
March 21st, 2017
So you showed up for work today, and all of a sudden when you walk into your office you realize that your friend’s name is on the door. It’s been your office…Read More