How not to blow a favor

How NOT to Blow a Favor

If you thought my last blog post was potentially inappropriate, then this post is NOT for you. I’m serious. It’s guaranteed 100% inappropriate, but illustrates principles that I teach in class, specifically: how one needs to build a relationship before making a big ask (remember the book Dig Your Well Before You are Thirsty by Harvey McKay?) One of my …

The key to successful relationships

The Key to Successful Relationships

I learn so much from my international students. In a paper, one of my students referenced “Nunchi,” the Korean word for the subtle art of listening and sensing another person’s mood. This is key to success in every personal and professional relationship, and I wish we had an English language equivalent. Learning how and when to ask for an informational …

Pennies from Heaven: My Lucky Sign

Pennies from Heaven: My Lucky Sign

In 2004, my Mor Far (Danish for “Mother’s Father”) passed away after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for nearly eight years. Before that, Mor Far was a successful San Francisco businessman who really understood how to make money—and more importantly, how to save it. One of my favorite early childhood memories is of the time Mor Far took us to get …

Is your boss giving you the eye?

Is Your Boss Giving You the Eye? Better Read On

I loved the scene in We’re the Millers, where Emma Robert’s character is introduced to her teenage thug love interest and the glorious tattoo around his neck saying “No Ragrets.” It was such a funny moment, as clearly, anyone would regret a misspelled tattoo. Truth be told, I don’t believe anyone who says “No regrets.“ Anyone who doesn’t regret anything …