A Measure of Relationship Value

For everyone, everywhere

I once had a customer who was a bit of a maverick in his marketplace and in the industry. He has since passed away, but Chuck Forcey was a character. When he was in the military, he flew planes and was on an elite fighter team…and he brought his irreverent ways with him.

Fortunately, he had a commander who was tougher and more focused than Chuck was and while he respected and appreciated what Chuck brought to the team, he refused to let the team be defined by one of its members. To address a particularly aberrant behavior, the commander pulled Chuck aside and told him: “You are a valued member of this team…and you will have a place on this team as long as your contribution exceeds your aggravation…and not a moment longer.” I LOVE that measure of relationships … and don’t we all use something like that, even if it’s not as clearly stated? Think about it as you evaluate design project clients, hire new associates, work for rogue employers…and maybe closer to home, too.

A new thought for a new year.

Now, go sell something.



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In Gratitude

For everyone

As my day winds to an end on Thanksgiving eve, I find myself grateful, calm and prepared for dozen of family members at my table tomorrow.

Thank you for reading my blog, for sharing your circumstances and successes, for asking for help when you get stuck, and for trusting me to help you with furthering your development.  I am grateful for having you in my life, for having a job I LOVE and clients who are beyond fabulous, and for having Jr. as my social media assistant without whom I would not communicate with you as regularly as I do.  I am blessed with a loving family and friends, a darling home, and people in my life who are smart, funny and compassionate – with me and with the rest of the world.

I hope your holiday is spent with people you love who love you back… in gratitude for the talents and blessings you have been given and the skills you are developing….and in some signature way, giving back to those in need.

I love you and wish you peace and great joy.