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I Laugh Just Looking At Her

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I think Melissa McCarthy is 100% hysterical. While Melissa might not be the thinnest actress in Hollywood, the most beautiful or the most well-known – to me – she might be the funniest!

She caught my attention when I saw Bridesmaids and frankly, I couldn’t wait to see her in Identity Thief and Heat. Frankly, she knows how to deliver lines. In fact, her delivery is almost perfect every time! She knows how funny she is and is probably a ton of fun to be around. I will bet that the other actors, actresses and staff on the set love to work with her. She seems like she enjoys life every day and is extremely comfortable in her skin.

A few weeks ago I DVR’d her on Saturday Night Live and thought a number of the skits were the best I had seen in years.

I say, go Melissa go! I hope you have a long career making movies and I would love to see you doing stand-up.

  • Are you a fan of Melissa McCarthy?
  • Isn’t she just hysterical?
  • What is your favorite Melissa McCarthy movie?

I look forward to reading your comments.

This Word Should Never Be Used In Business…

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Business is very hard these days. Everyone is looking to move their business forward, increase revenues and improve the bottom line. Exceeding client expectations on every project or service is now the standard. Customer service has to be amazing, memorable and outstanding. Do all of that and you separate your company from the competition.

The word NO should never be used in business. I am not suggesting you say “yes” to every request a client or customer makes, but what I am saying is use other words to replace the word NO.

Words or phrases like:

  • Here is an alternative way to do this.
  • Is it possible to finish the project a day earlier and conduct 10% less surveys?
  • I know you are in a hurry. What about we hand deliver the order to make up for the shipping charge?

To me, so many people use the word NO – they almost lead with it. I know when that happens to me it is an instant turn off.

  • What do you think?
  • How do you conduct business without using the word NO?
  • How do you feel when someone does that to you?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Politics In A Company – How Important Is It?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

I must admit there are a few things that college doesn’t teach you and one of those things can be very critical to your career – the politics of your company. Every company has politics. Yes, some more than others but regardless, every company has it. Here are important questions that typically new staff doesn’t have answers for on day one:

    1. Who is aligned with who?
    2. Whose feathers do you really NOT want to ruffle?
    3. How do things get approved?
    4. How do you get your voice heard??
    5. Where does the decision making process start?
    6. Who has the ear of the CEO?

I truly believe employees that understand the political environment can move their career forward more than others. 

The questions are:

    1. How does that happen?
    2. How do you get started?
    3. How long does it take?
    4. Are there a few secrets to make this go smoothly?

I look forward to reading your comments and thoughts.

PS – How have you dealt with company (please – no company names) politics in your past?