Posts Tagged ‘success’

Advance your career, stand out as a leader, and LIKE your life. This week on Your Financial Editor.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

It is difficult to achieve radical professional success, while achieving personal happiness, yet is IS possible.  Join me this week and I’ll be talking with my guest, Patty Azzarello who will give us 3 practical steps to achieve both.


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About this week’s guest:

Patty Azzarello is an executive with more than 25+ years of experience working in high tech and business. She has held leadership roles in General Management, Marketing, Software Product Development and Sales. She has been successful in running and transforming large and small businesses, and has significant international management experience.

Patty Azzarello became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33. She ran a $1B software business at the age of 35 and became a CEO for the first time at the age of 38 (without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk).
Patty was recently featured in Forbes magazine in a column called Women We Love.

Patty’s prior roles have included: Vice President and General Manager of HP OpenView, Chief Marketing Officer for Siebel Systems, and President and CEO of Euclid Software.

Patty Azzarello is the founder of Azzarello Group, which works with CEOs and leadership teams to help their businesses (and people) get better at what they do. She is the author of the best selling book RISE: 3 Practical Steps to Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader (and Liking Your Life).

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Become the “go to” person in your organization. This week on Your Financial Editor.

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

You can make yourself an important “go to” person within your company through these 6 steps.  Join my guest, Mark Samuel, author of Making Yourself Indispensable, and me this Saturday and find out how to become an essential coworker or employee.

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About this week’s guest:

MARK SAMUEL is the President and Founder of IMPAQ, an award winning international consulting firm providing coaching and consulting with an emphasis on Corporate and Personal Accountability. He is also the author of the acclaimed “Creating the Accountable Organization” and his latest book, “Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability,” was recently named Best New Business Book by the International Book Awards.

An Independent Consultant, Educator and Speaker since 1978, Mark has gained a reputation for masterfully demonstrating how Accountability can improve a company’s bottom line. He teaches organizations of every stripe to thrive in the competitive 21st century global marketplace through results-oriented management based upon the practice of Accountability.

Mark is considered a “practical visionary” by top executives in many Fortune 500 companies. CNBC, Bloomberg and Fortune Magazine have recognized him as a top authority on how companies can end blame in the ranks and create a place where people want to work because they can produce results.

He is frequently called in by companies to address leaders on his unique approach to solving the challenges of culture change, performance improvement, leadership development and effectively managed teamwork. His personal objective is to ensure that his clients achieve meaningful and measurable breakthrough performance results that are sustained over time.

An award-winning speaker, Mark has addressed national conferences of ASTD, AQP, ODN, ASHHRA and ISPI. He has moved audiences in Europe and North and South America to effective action with his engaging, inspirational, humorous, interactive and thought-provoking presentations.

Mark’s work has effected long-term positive, profitable improvement in companies worldwide, including Chevron Corporation, American Express, Genentech, Baptist Healthcare, Honda Corporation, Texas Instruments, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, AMGEN, The Royal Bank of Canada, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, The University of California at Berkeley, General Dynamics, Michelin Tires, Paris, France, and Siemens.

Mark holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine; a Masters Degree in Management, with a special emphasis in Organizational Development, from the University of California, Irvine; and a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, in Santa Monica, California.

Build Your Firm’s Culture for Innovation and Market Dominance. This Week on Your Financial Editor.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

There is a convincing case for the theory that a company’s internal culture is the crucial driver to innovation and success!  Join my guest and me this week to find out what three traits are necessary for your organization to overcome complacency and achieve Unrelenting Innovation!

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About this week’s guest:

Gerard Tellis is an expert in innovation, global market entry, new product growth, quality, and advertising. He has published four books and over 100 articles that have won over 20 awards. He is a Distinguished Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and a Senior Research Associate at the Judge Business School and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, UK. Professor Tellis serves as associate editor of Marketing Science and Journal of Marketing Research, and directs Marshall?s Center for Global Innovation.

How do winners pivot from setback to success? Find out this week on Your Financial Editor.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Join my guest and me this week, and we’ll examine resilience, misfortune and ultimate success!  My guest is Rick Newman, U.S. News & World Report journalist whose book, Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback to Success, examines the rise and fall – and rise again – of some of our most prolific and productive figures in order to demystify the anatomy of resilience.

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About this week’s guest (from his personal website):

Rick on Rick:

It’s a complicated world. I try to simplify it.

As Chief Business Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, I explain how the momentous changes sweeping through the economy affect ordinary people–and what you can do about it. My latest book, Rebounders: How Winners Pivot from Setback to Success, explains how nearly everyone can get better at bouncing back from the adversities that are inevitable in business, avocations, relationships and life. I’m also a frequent commenter on networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and NPR, where I try to extract meaning from the torrent of information that flows out of today’s media.

Business guru Tom Peters says that curiosity is one of the most powerful assets anyone can have. Journalists are lucky because they get paid to indulge their curiosity. In more than 20 years as a journalist, I’ve ridden on submarines, flown on Air Force jets and tromped through mud with soldiers while covering the Pentagon. I’ve walked the halls on Capitol Hill and interviewed many of America’s top political and business leaders.

On September 11, 2001, shortly after I moved from Washington to New York to cover business, I saw the twin towers burning from a distance–then got summoned to Washington to help cover the Pentagon, which had been my beat just a couple months earlier. That evening, I watched the Pentagon burning from a distance, a perverse twofer. It felt humbling and inspiring to have a role covering the most newsworthy event in the nation in at least a generation.

One of the biggest ongoing stories I cover today is the way globalization and the technology revolution are upending life and business for many Americans—a powerful set of forces that may still be gathering. My career path hasn’t been scripted, but that has probably made it a lot more fun.

When I covered the Pentagon, I won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. I’ve also won awards from the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and the International Association of Firefighters. And I’ve been a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the National Magazine Award.

I grew up in Pittsburgh, which makes me a stalwart citizen of Steeler Nation. I graduated from Boston College in 1988 with degrees in English and economics, and wrote my senior thesis on Henry James. I recently came across that thesis in a stained cardboard box in my basement; it reminded me that liberal education is an underappreciated privilege. The Jesuits like to say that learning how to learn is the most important thing students can gain from education. These days, learning how to speak Chinese might be a close second, but when it comes to journalism, at least, the Jesuits are right.

My first book, which I co-authored with Don Shepperd, was Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It’s about a fascinating group of pilots who flew extremely hazardous, top-secret missions over North Vietnam in the late 1960s. Researching and writing that book taught me a lot about America’s most unpopular war, and about America itself. John McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, wrote the foreword. (That was before his 2008 presidential run.) Don was a great partner whom I still count as a valued friend.

After that, I wrote Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9-11, with Patrick Creed, a volunteer firefighter and Army Reserve officer. Although I spent many days in the Pentagon after 9-11, this book was Pat’s idea. We met serendipitously and decided that with his knowledge of firefighting and my experience working in the Pentagon, we’d make a good team. While we were writing the book, Pat’s Army Reserve unit got activated and sent to Iraq for a year, ending up in a dangerous area during one of the bloodiest times of the U.S. operation there. Pat’s unit suffered some serious casualties and Pat himself was injured in a roadside bombing. It made our work on the book harder, but more meaningful. Pat has recovered and we both feel gratified to have provided the most detailed account on record of what happened inside the nation’s military headquarters after American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building on 9-11. Writing that book with Pat was a moving and important experience.

With Rebounders, I left military topics behind and shifted to socioeconomic issues that directly affect millions of Americans. For many people, it’s getting harder to get ahead. What I discovered while researching Rebounders is that the ability to bounce back from setbacks—resilience—is a key determinant of success, and one that’s more important than ever. Resilience is also misunderstood and overlooked in an age when shortcuts to success and cheery slogans have irresistible appeal. My goal with Rebounders was to deconstruct the anatomy of resilience and show how we can all get better at surmounting adversity. Quite often, the lessons we learn from those tough experiences can provide a powerful advantage down the road, distinguishing the Rebounders who break through from the Wallowers who can’t seem to stop struggling.

I’m not sure what big projects I’ll work on in the future, but humanity provides so much rich material that I feel confident I’ll find fascinating work for as long as I’m lucky enough to practice journalism.


Follow your passion…really bad advice career advice? This week on Your Financial Editor.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

“Follow Your Passion” is Bad Advice. Here is What You Should Do Instead…

In this eye-opening account, my guest this week, Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You,  debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliche flawed — preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work — but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.

Join me this Saturday morning on a  quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

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About this week’s guest:


Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He previously earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004.

Newport is the author of three books of unconventional advice for students, which have sold a combined total of more than 100,000 copies: How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005). His fourth book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, is a contrary look at career advice that will be published by Grand Central in September, 2012.

In his role as an author, Newport has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS and on over 50 radio networks, including ABC Radio, USA Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. His advice has been featured in major publications including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, taught in college classrooms, and cited in at least one college textbook. His Study Hacks blog, which chronicles his attempts to decode “patterns of success,” attracts over 100,000 unique visitors a month.

How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change – this week on Your Financial Editor.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

My guest this week reveals the secrets great companies use to stay relevant and maintain continuos growth and success. 

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About this week’s guest:

Jason Jennings highly anticipated new book, The Reinventors – How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change was just released on May 10, 2012.

The Reinventors reveals the secrets used by great companies like Starbucks, Arrow Electronics, Apple, Pella Windows, SAS, Capital One, DOT Foods, Humana, Nucor Steel, Multi-Chem, Koch Industries, Smithfield Foods, Southwest Airlines and RCI to remain relevant, grow continuously and always stay one step ahead of the competition.

First, Jennings and his researchers gathered and studied the 22,000 newspaper, magazine and blog articles that have been written over the past decade that identified companies that have reinvented themselves. Following months of research and study they selected the 100 best examples, gained access to and interviewed the people who’d made the reinventions happen. Generating tens of thousands of pages of transcripts they then began to search for shared traits and lessons learned from the best serial reinventors.

Eventually they identified the ten rules for reinvention. Each reinvention rule is featured in its own chapter and vividly illustrated with specific examples and the stories of the people who made it happen.

Even great companies can fail if they forget to look at the BIG picture. This week on Your Financial Editor.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

How can great companies do everything right – identify real customer needs, deliver excellent innovations, beat their competitors to market – and still fail?  My guest this week is Rod Adner, author of The Wide Lens – join us and find out!  Listen from anywhere by logging onto WFMD and clicking the listen live button – Saturday morning at 8:00.

About this week’s guest:

Ron Adner is Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Tuck, he was the Akzo-Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management and Associate Professor of Strategy and Management at INSEAD, where he served on the faculty for ten years.

Professor Adner’s research and teaching focus on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship. His work introduces a new perspective on the relationship between firms, customers, and the broader ‘innovation ecosystems’ in which they interact to create value.

His academic research has been published in Management Science, the Strategic Management Journal, the Rand Journal of Economics, the Academy of Management Review, Advances in Strategic Management, and in edited book chapters. His managerial articles have been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, the California Management Review, Forbes, and the Financial Times.

Professor Adner is a speaker, consultant, and executive education instructor to companies around the world. He is an accomplished teacher who has been recognized with INSEAD’s Outstanding Teacher award five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) and, in 2011, with the Tuck School’s inaugural Award for Teaching Excellence for his courses on innovation strategy. His pioneering HBR article “Match Your Innovation Strategy to Your Innovation Ecosystem,” is assigned reading in over 40 global MBA programs.

Professor Adner is a past member of the executive committees of the Business Policy and Strategy division and the Technology and Innovation Management division of the Academy of Management. He is associate editor of Management Science, and has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, the Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization.

Professor Adner holds a Ph.D. in Management and an M.A. in Applied Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

6 Tires…No Plan! This week on Your Financial Editor.

Friday, March 30th, 2012

This week on Your Financial Editor, I’ll share the All-American story of a man who took a simple tire and created an empire! 

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About this week’s guest:

Michael Rosenbaum is a business consultant and former financial journalist who has both studied and advised hundreds of corporate leaders over his career. As president of the nation s largest investor relations agency, Rosenbaum managed operations of a $35 million business and advised CEOs and CFOs at more than 150 companies regarding strategic financial and marketing issues. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in business administration and is an active member of the World Presidents Organization. In addition to Six Tires, No Plan, he has written three business texts and a collection of commonsense life lessons, Your Name Here: Guide to Life.

The new science of personal success. This week on Your Financial Editor.

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year’s Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can’t people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

  My guest this week, Author Al Switzler’s, book Change Anything, reveals a stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one’s working relationship with others, one’s overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

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About this week’s guest:

Business Communication Expert & New York Times Bestselling Author

In the past twenty-five years, Al Switzler has helped hundreds of organizations achieve measurable change with his broad knowledge of leadership, teamwork, quality, communication, management, and motivation. Co Founder of VitalSmarts, Al has researched methods for driving rapid sustainable and measurable change in behaviors.

Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Instructor
Al is coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, and Influencer.

In addition to authoring bestsellers, Al has served on the faculty of several universities including the University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Auburn University, and the University of Kentucky. These institutions have recognized Al with awards for innovation and outstanding teaching.

Warren Buffett’s Financial Wisdom

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Billionaires aren’t hatched overnight.  But there will be another generation of such men and women in the next few decades — and chances are, they will tread the same path as those who have come before.  So let’s look at Warren Buffett’s path as an example, shall we?

1) Start with a meat and potatoes small business — and be your own boss.

Buffett made his fortune by doing things his way, not by following the crowd. In high school, Buffett and a pal bought a pinball machine to put inside a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines until they had eight different shops running their machines. When they sold the venture, Buffett used the proceeds to buy stock and start another small business. By age 26, he’d become his own boss and amassed $174,000 — or $1.4 million in today’s money.

LESSON: Don’t fall for the temptations of a huge, immediate windfall business. Cut your teeth on the side, with something basic, reliable and small.

2) Mind the foxes who steal from the vineyard: small expenses.

In the famous book, The Millionaire Next Door, authors Stanley and Danko report that millionaires live well below their means. They budget, plan investments, and allocate their time, energy, and money into building wealth instead of displaying high social status.

Warren Buffett’s companies are known for watching out for small expenses. Exercising vigilance over every expense can make your profits and your paycheck go much further.

LESSON: The next time you spot a sale or online deal, check in with yourself to see if that $50 is better saved or invested than spent. It might seem like you’re spending a relatively small amount of money, but it all adds up.

3) Debt kills.

Warren Buffett advises his people to limit what they borrow. Living on credit cards and loans won’t make you rich. Buffett never borrowed a significant amount of money, not even for investments or mortgages.

The Millionaire Next Door reports that millionaires’ parents did not provide “economic outpatient care”, and their own adult children are economically self-sufficient as well.

LESSON: If you do give your teenager a credit card, make sure to set firm limits and specify use ahead of time. If they abuse the privilege, they lose the card. Do the same for yourself.

4) Leap forward.

Very often those who supply the affluent become wealthy themselves. In fact, one of the best ways to make money is to sell products or services to those who already have money. Many people don’t see these opportunities because they’re far too busy seeking money and security in the short term only.

Well, when Buffett began managing money in 1956 with $100,000 cobbled together from a handful of investors, he was dubbed an oddball. But he didn’t allow others’ opinions to keep him from leaping into a profitable venture. Over and above, I might add, others with greater private means.

Lastly, I will suggest this: Get professional advice on new ventures and ideas.  It is always a good idea to get a second opinion when making important decisions regarding your health, wealth or family!