The Power of Laughter

We know that laughter is infectious – there’s that old saying that laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. Coca-Cola proved the point about the power of laughter with this cute and disarming ad: It’s pretty self-explanatory — I admit that I laughed along with the rest of the people on […]

Procurement Integrity

Much is written lately about “procurement integrity”—many might say this a hot subject, because at times it seems that integrity is somewhat tough to come by in many types of business relationships, but especially when procurement divisions focus only costs. Tim Cummins addressed this issue in a recent Commitment Matters post, in which he gets […]

Talk About the Money Later

Guest blog by David Frydlinger The following post was written by my friend, colleague and Vested CDA David Frydlinger. David is Partner with Lindahl law firm in Sweden and is a co-author of our Getting to We book as well as author of a Vested book in Swedish. I have spent—if you ask my wife – […]

Innovation: You Don’t Need a Genius

Ok, it sure is nice to have geniuses on hand for your innovation projects and goals, but how often does a genius cross your path? Or work for you? But what’s cool about innovation is that it can come from anywhere and anyone— you don’t need to be a genius, just ingenious in your approaches, […]

A Compromise that Sent 150 Strangers to the Beach!

JetBlue recently engaged in a social experiment of sorts aboard one of its aircraft: the result was an interesting lesson in both social dynamics and the value of working together for the best results. As related in an UpWorthy post last month, The 150 passengers on Flight 603, bound for Phoenix from Boston, were asked […]

It’s All Personal!

It’s time to bury that old excuse for bad or questionable behavior in business – you know, the one where the executive “kindly” remarks after stepping all over someone, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” At the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) conference this week I was sitting in on a session on negotiation […]

Good Relationships are Good Business

What do you want most out of life, or in other words, what will make you happiest? Most people will say wealth, followed closely by fame – but according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, they are mistaken. As the fourth director of the 75-year-old Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies […]