Learn Something New

  “The best thing for being sad is to learn something.  That is the only thing that never fails, the only thing the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust and never dream of regretting.”  –Merlin to Author in The Once and Future King by T.H. White Learning something Read more

Storms are Stories

by Lou Solomon, dated August 29, 2011 Watching the coverage of Irene stomping up the East Coast this past weekend, I noticed several interviews with locals and old-timers who told stories about all the storms they had survived.  They began talking about Irene—but inevitably they slipped into stories about the others:   Floyd, Bertha, Fran, Bonnie, Hanna Read more

Audit Yourself

 If you want to impact your business in a meaningful way, all you need is a willingness to hear feedback. Ask the people on your team the following questions: 1) If you could change one thing about the communication within our team, what would it be? 2) Do you feel you have enough opportunity to Read more

Forgiveness at Pearl Harbor

by Lou Solomon, dated Monday, May 30, 2011 My friend Eddie Link is a storyteller and a passionate historian.   He told me this story about a 74-year-old veteran, a 7-year-old little girl and forgiveness at Pearl Harbor. In 1994 Link decided to take his entire family—his wife and three sons—to Hawaii.  When he began the initial Read more

Do Your Own Material

by Lou Solomon, dated May 2, 2011 Billy Crystal got his start as a stand-up comic doing very good impersonations of people like Muhammad Ali and sportscaster Howard Cosell. One night in the summer of 1974, Crystal was performing at Catch a Rising Star in New York.  Jack Rollins, one of the most sought-after managers Read more

Advice from Alan Jackson

by Lou Solomon, dated April 6, 2011 There is a picture of me and Alan Jackson in my office.  He has a big smile on his face and I look rather sheepish. I met Alan in the late ’80’s, when he was just a lanky young man from Georgia working in the mail room at The Read more

Big Lie

by Lou Solomon, dated February 8, 2011 Deep within the experience of being human is the fear of not being good enough.  If we have the misfortune of being labeled as inferior in any way, we can take it as proof and run with it for years, never suspecting it’s all a big lie. I Read more

Faulty Mind-Reading

by Lou Solomon dated January 11, 2011 Mind-reading is the human practice of inferring the intentions of others.  We can actually get pretty good at this in our personal relationships. We take in all the non-verbal clues along with everything we know about a person, and mind-read.  We know when something is wrong with a Read more

How Do You Become Interesting?

You cannot be uninteresting–and be a leader.  An expert, perhaps.  A leader, no.  How do you become interesting?  Follow the morsels of life that are meaningful to you–your own interests–and reach people through your own engagement: How history was written versus what really happened Unique family stories Lines from your favorite authors Lyrics from your favorite singer Historical Read more

What Wise Men Wish For

A guest post by Tommy Tomlinson, Staff Writer, The Charlotte Observer, republished here on December 24, 2010 The best Christmas gift I ever got is one I don’t remember. My mom still tells the story. I was 3 years old or thereabouts. Weeks before Christmas, my dad picked out the perfect present – a train Read more

True Genius

by Lou Solomon dated December 19, 2010 Recently I heard Hugh McColl, Jr. speak with candor about growing up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, his career successes and his mistakes. Those of us in the audience listened and laughed as though we were in the company of a dear friend. Extraordinary people have way of appealing Read more

Smiley Face Saves Lives

Great communicators are able to be effective in a simple and personalized way.We’re all familiar with those vehicle-activated signs that clock us as we drive by. In a study conducted in England last year, the signs didn’t just tell drivers their speed. They showed them a smiley face or a sad face, depending on whether Read more

MIT on Engaged Communicators

Researchers have always known that attitude, connection and positive energy mattered in business.  But since we have cancelled out years of conversation about these things by calling them “touchy-feely,” serious scholars haven’t wanted to deal with them. Now it’s a science.  In the Human Dynamics Lab of MIT, they are studying engaged people who create success for themselves and their organizations.  These Read more

The Mimic

by Lou Solomon dated September 1, 2010 We have a relative in the Mimic Octopus, which is found off the coast of Indonesia.  It can contort its body and arms andchange color to mimic more several different species, including sea snakes, stingrays and jellyfish.  This animal is so intelligent that when a dangerous creature is close by, it can impersonate the predator of Read more

Speaker Spotlight: Will Sparks, Ph.D.

Dr. Will Sparks is director of the master’s program in organizational development and leadership initiative at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Will’s current research focuses on leadership and team development, succession planning, and change management.  He has worked with a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Navy, Transamerica, GlaxoSmithKline, Anheuser-Busch, the Bank Read more

Speaker Spotlight: Molly Barker

 Molly Barker, MSW is a visionary and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete. Molly began running at the age of 15 – an age when she found herself stuck in the “girl box”, where only girls who were a certain size with a certain beauty were popular; where girls who wanted to fit in had to mold their Read more

Speaker Spotlight: Rahman Khan

Rahman Khan is host of “GoodWorks with Rahman Khan” on PBS station WTVI.  He is the founder of GoodWorks Media Group, and the Director of Diversity Recruitment Strategy for Time Warner Cable. When he speaks about “Frames of Reference,” Rahman provides his listeners with an understanding of how perceptions are impacted by frames of reference:  gender, Read more

Speaker Spotlight: Dick Handshaw

 Dick Handshaw is a pioneer in the e-learning field, with more than 30 years of experience as a learning and performance improvement professional. Dick began his career after graduate school at Indiana University in 1979. Dick created one of the very first applications of computer-based software simulation and interactive video to be used outside of a Read more