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In the Red!

April 20th, 2019

Tiger Woods wins the Masters – we examine his stellar career, his downfall, and his road to redemption…Read More!

It’s Tax Day!

April 15th, 2019

Our favorite time of the year is here…yeah maybe not! Human Resource professionals need to understand the ever changing accounting industry…Read More!

It’s Opening Day!

March 19th, 2019

It’s opening day in Pittsburgh! This season has many storylines that feature HR topics…Read More!

March Madness is Here!

March 15th, 2019

We love to explore the business behind the tournament…Read More!

Business of Football: Super Bowl Edition…

January 30th, 2019

The biggest game of the year is finally upon us! We will discuss our two favorite subjects – football and business!…Read More!

The Drama Continues…

January 4th, 2019

What is going on with the most victorious franchise in NFL history? Is it lack of leadership? Poor management? Poor recruiting and talent management?…Read More!


 November 30th, 2018
It’s officially the holiday season! This a time for family, cozy nights by the fire, cookies, carols and a lot of Hallmark movies…Read More!

2018: Why your Company Needs a Code of Conduct Now More Than Ever

August 8th, 2018

With the tumultuous workplace climate expanding in 2018, a Code of Conduct….Read More!

Opiod Crises

July 20th, 2018

Drugs are an essential part of my life. I use some form of them every day. Vitamins every morning, statins at night, and I typically look for nutrient rich foods, snacks and drinks. Rarely….Read More!

Memorial Day 2018

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!

Las Vegas Golden Knights

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!

Shipwrecked? Or Smooth Sailing?

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!

The Business Behind The Olympics

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!

2018’s HR Crisis: The Talent Shortage

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!

Dear Santa, All we want for Christmas is…Amazon?

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!

2017 Stanley Cup Champions: What Your Business can learn from the Penguins

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

What Employers can learn from the NFL Draft

April 28th, 2017

Recruiting in the 21st Century – Who’s your best draft pick? Human Capital Recruitment 101. Succession Planning Level 2. Revenue development, – the key…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

The Glass Ceiling Shattered?

March 21st, 2017

Pitt’s New Athletic Director Once again Pittsburgh is setting the trend of trailblazer compared to the rest of the country. WHY??? Is that glass I hear breaking? Could it be? For the first time in school history and for one of the rare…Read More

The Madness of…Predictability Tests

March 17th, 2017

March Madness, Nor’ Easter’s and Trump Assessments March Madness I just love this time of year. Although today we’ve got more to think about than all of our normal crazy lives. The purest of sports tournaments is underway…Read More