Live From the Million Dollar Consulting® College – Still Continues

I previously attended Alan’s Million Dollar Consulting College and am always delighted to be invited as the returning Internet guest speaker for the college. As much as I enjoy delivering my presentation, I also find it mentally stimulating to visit with Alan and his very smart college attendees. While hanging out with the gang the evenings before and after my presentation, I used my flip video gadget to record some very special moments, which I know you will all enjoy. …


Trusting the Sharp Right

Yesterday we were driving along a tree-enshrouded lane we often use to avoid the larger roads. Suddenly, out of the canopy of branches, a huge bird dropped down and flew at eye-level in front of us. I was doing 30 MPH and was not catching up. I realized at last that it was a huge hawk, and the hawk was steadily descending. Finally, about 50 yards away, it reached down for a squirrel which had just run onto the road …


You Love Me, You Love Me Not

I don’t mind arrogance when it’s a case of someone just tip-toeing over the line from supreme confidence (not that I would ever do that). But I do mind ego, when it’s so easily bruised that it becomes a sort of vainglorious driving force. Consultants have bemoaned to me that a client hasn’t followed all of their recommendations. They have whined because the client took credit for the inspiration (or execution) without mentioning the consultant. They have engaged in hissy-fits …



Knowing the Currents

I’m sitting in the turret suite of the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI in the early morning. My room, at the very top of the inn, overlooks the bay and the Atlantic with a 270° view where the Americas Cup Races were once contested. It’s seven o’clock and I’m here running the Million Dollar Consulting® College. Immediately outside my window at 7 am are a dozen seagulls. I’m watching them, and they are watching me, as I type this. …