Best Bottle First

Here’s the thing about wine: Always have the best bottle of the evening first. Unless you are a true connoisseur, or have a mighty metabolism, the second bottle is always  good and the third bottle is always great. Saving the best of different wines for the final bottle will decrease its pleasure. You may still think it’s outrageously good compared to the prior bottles, but that’s because you’re probably pretty well looped.

A True Visionary

High tech, high touch: I’ve set up my new iMac in very short order, and tomorrow morning I have a 30-minute phone call with Apple experts who will show me some of the new features and answer my questions. They did the same thing when I purchased the iPhone X. Naisbitt had it right in 1982 in Megatrends.

Why Did This Happen to Me?

You can’t blame your bad luck. You can’t blame God. Or the Fates. Because it’s usually your fault, and even if it isn’t, you’re still stuck with making it better or right. Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who brought Jackie Robinson to the majors and integrated baseball, said, “Luck is the residue of design.” If you come to me to turn around your bad luck, I can’t help you. I’m not a necromancer. But if you …

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

When I grew up there were three massively popular and highly divisive New York baseball teams: the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers. I was a Dodger fan (hence my dog Koufax, and the cartoon on this blog, named after the Dodger ace who was the greatest pitcher in history). The Dodgers have just won the National League Championship for the first time since 1988 (we called it the Pennant), and if the Yankees win their playoff series, these two …

Who Will You Be?

I would never be where I am today if I had listened to those people who were telling me what I should do with my life. I seemed to naturally (and luckily) follow my passion and my talents and learned how to make money doing what I love to do. But it was a close call, because I almost became an attorney (full scholarship to law school after crushing the entrance exams with everyone’s encouragement). Don’t ask yourself what you …

Traits of Thought Leaders

I presented this at my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Palm Beach last week. You can read about my next one here: The 17 Traits of Thought Leaders 1. Creation of contemporaneous IP (use of current events). 2. Media savvy/excellent speakers. 3. Social media attentiveness (large amounts of followers). 4. Impressive clients. 5. Multiple and frequent commercially published books. 6. Long-lived material (e.g. Million Dollar Consulting on the shelves for 25 years) 7. Catch-phrases (Marshall Goldsmith’s “what got you here won’t …

Thought Leadership and Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, Harvard professor and author of Stumbling On Happiness, with 15 million TED views, was my special guest yesterday at my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Palm Beach. He’s charming, provocative, and brilliant, and impressed all of us at our Q&A session and dinner. Bringing these world-class intellects into an informal session with people in my community is one of my proudest accomplishments.

Looking Up

I’m on the 6:15 am Acela out of New York heading home. We emerge from the Penn Station tunnel and on the left is one of the great sights anywhere, the New York skyline, East River, and then the Hellespoint Bridge. The first class car is pretty empty, and the three men sitting on that side are all immersed in their iPhones and newspapers. No one looks up. I know they’ve probably seen it before, but I used to live …

Dining Out

We dine out every evening with rare exception, so I feel qualified to offer some advice to the restaurant industry (oh, yeah, I’m also not a bad consultant): Your hostess is the first and last person with whom I interact. If she can’t smile and be pleasant, fire her. Her job is to seat me quickly and cordially, not to do her paperwork or romance the computer. “The chef will be preparing” and “the veal will be coming with….” are …

Credit Where Due

The Social Security Administration is a wonderful surprise among government bureaucracies. The “hold” times are brief on the phone, the agents are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and the web site is intelligent and informative. Is there any way they can take over the DMV?