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This was the best follow-up note/email I have ever received!

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Thirty minutes after I had an initial phone interview with a potential candidate I received this email from LH:

Thanks for talking with me today about research opportunities. I am always impressed with the willingness of people to give back to others. I look forward to seeing you in person next Friday at 9:30am.

As for the goodie, attached is yesterday’s article on Mary Meeker’s trend summary of the internet. Fast Company referred to her as “The Internet Whisperer”, and she has amazing data to support her conclusions.

Did you know consumer drone shipments are up 167% year over year and are expected to make $1.7B in revenue?

Have a great weekend!


What a great email. Very creative! Without question she was very thoughtful and strategic in her interaction and I loved it! I speak to a tremendous number of people in their job search and have never suggested sending a follow-up email with an article that might be of interest…. I love it!

  • What do you think of this strategy?
  • Have you ever received anything like this after you interviewed someone?
  • What is the best follow up email/letter you have ever receive?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Word of the Day…EIHO!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

For those of you who know me well, you are aware I have Merrillisms, little sayings, statements, or beliefs I tend to mention. Well today is a Merrillism that I would like to share with each of you. It is EIHO. The I and the H are silent so it is pronounced E O. Sounds easy and certainly different but what does it stand for?

For me EIHO stands for:





What it means is we all have things in our personal or professional life that are hard. Whether those things are a bad relationship, a difficult friendship, a challenging vendor, or many many other things – I say EIHO. Easy In Hard Out!

I truly believe if you think about this and be true to it you will make progress in some areas that perhaps you have struggled with and ultimately be much happier!

So today I say EIHO!

  • Does this make sense?
  • Do you think you can apply this to some aspect of your life?
  • Do you have any little sayings that could be of help to us?I look forward to reading your comments!

There is always a better way to do things…even if you don’t think there is…Just ask Marianne

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Decades ago when I started in the market research industry I was working for Marianne Schafer and I remember preparing to send out questionnaires, supervisor instructions, and materials for a 20 city project I was handling. Marianne came over to me and asked me what I was doing and I proceeded to say that I was getting all the materials ready, printed out the labels, and was getting everything ready to box up.

She watched me for a minute while I was counting 100 questionnaires to put in the box and proceeded to stop me and say there is a better way to do that. As she was saying that she grabbed the scale, one of the stacks of 100 questionnaires, and said instead of counting and boxing up 100 questionnaires each box will get 9 ½ pounds of questionnaires.

A different way of thinking about things led to a simple and easy solution and a time savings of over an hour!

So I say to you be like Marianne Schafer and find a better way to do the easiest things and enjoy some time savings!

  • Do you have any learnings that someone has taught you along the way?
  • What do you think of Marianne’s little trick?I look forward to reading your comments!

Referrals are great but make sure you do this…

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Like most of you I am involved in a lot of referrals both on the giving and the receiving end. Everyone is usually very good about saying thank you in advance of doing anything or using the referral but sometimes follow-up afterwards is limited and probably should be viewed differently.

From time to time I am guilty of this as well. Someone may give me a referral for an open position or a restaurant and I need to do a better job saying what happened afterwards. Recently I gave a referral to a contact of mine W.D. who is a realtor and he sent me a really nice and heartfelt text after he met with my friends saying how much he appreciated the referral and how much he enjoyed meeting my friends. He even went to the next level and said here is the game plan moving forward. I thought that was really nice, smart, and thoughtful. It made me feel good that he took the time to do that and in fact I will start to do much more of that moving forward as well?

  • When someone gives you a referral other than saying thank you what else do you do?
  • Now that you have read this post do you think you may approach referrals any differently?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Mark Zuckerberg Has Good Hiring Advice…Do You Like It?

Monday, March 16th, 2015

A few weeks ago I was reading an article on Mark Zuckerberg, who when asked what he looks for in a prospective employee, the Facebook founder said: “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person.”

He said, “It’s a pretty good test and I think this rule has served me well.”

I thought about it for a few minutes and I really like that advice. To me, it seems logical and I will try and put that into practice.

  • What do you think of Mark Zuckerberg’s advice?
  • Do you have other best practice tips for hiring your direct reports?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

This Thank You Note Was Just a Little Different…

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A few months ago I had the pleasure of attending the bat mitzvah for a daughter of a good friend of mine. K.H. did an amazing job, the event was fabulous at a beautiful country club in California. A few weeks after the event, I received a thank you note. Except…this note was a little different. K.H. sent me a really nice and heartfelt thank you and, as a bonus, my good friend M.H. wrote some really kind words on the same thank you note above where his daughter had written.

I really liked this! I thought it was a great idea and it meant a lot to me that he took the time to do that and it had never happened before to me.

  • Have you ever received a thank you note that included more than one person thanking you?
  • If you haven’t received one, what do you think of what M.H. did?
  • Do you like the idea enough that you would do the same thing if someone traveled a long distance for a graduation or sweet 16 party?

Easy to Sign Up, Hard to Cancel

Friday, February 6th, 2015

One of my pet peeves is companies that make it very easy to sign up for their services and almost impossible to cancel.I had this exact problem with a gym. They couldn’t have been nicer when I signed up and paid them but when the facility wasn’t working for me, I had to jump through hoops to get out of the contract even though the salesperson guaranteed it would be easy to terminate. Finally, I was tired of dealing with them and disputed the charge on American Express…mysteriously, it went away never to be heard from again. I must admit, a few weeks ago the same thing happened with Sirius Radio. I spoke to three different people, thought I had cancelled the service (because I was getting rid of the car) and each time (much to my surprise) it wasn’t cancelled and no credit was coming as they had promised.

  • Does this happen to you?
  • How much does this bother you?
  • Who is the worst offender of this practice?
  • Any helpful hints to make the process easier?

I look forward to reading your comments.

To Me, This Concept Makes 100% Sense…Do You Agree?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Do you ever ask yourself these questions?:

  • Do my kids have the right major?
  • What will my kids will do after college?
  • Will my kids ever find a job?
  • What will be the “hot” jobs in a few years?

All of those questions have been on my mind and because of that, I have an idea that I think makes sense. Click the link below, read my idea and give me your thoughts.

Click Here to Read my Idea.

I look forward to reading your comments!

Is My Entire Life One Big Routine?

Monday, January 26th, 2015

  • When I’m not traveling, I get to the office by 6:15am
  • Our Executive Meetings are the first Monday of every month
  • I present to the company the third Tuesday of every month
  • I work out five times a week
  • I get my hair cut every two weeks
  • I have a chiropractor appointment every six weeks
  • I go to the dentist every four months
  • I get a physical every six months
  • I spend every Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings and their families.

I ask you:

  • Is life all about routines?
  • Do you have this many routines?
  • A little scared to ask this question…Is there something wrong with me that I have this much structure?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Long Term Home Healthcare Insurance….I Say Yes…But When?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

As I get older-Sorry, I mean more experienced- in life I know I am getting a little closer to needing long term healthcare. Yes, I’m surrounded by great loved ones (AB, AS, GS, KW, LB, MC RZ, SC,SS to name a few) who would take care of me but eventually, and I am hopefully decades away from this, a professional will probably need to be called for help.

I know I should be thinking about an purchasing a long term home healthcare plan but the question is: When is the right time to purchase it? And, since there are a number of different plans, which one is the best?

  • Have you looked into long term healthcare plans?
  • At what age did you purchase one?
  • Which plan did you go with?

    I look forward to reading your comments