Garrett Nelson

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I Know a Secret About Kohls....

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net<p>Our son needed new dress clothes for his confirmation last weekend, so it was timely …

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

Land an Interview with a Cold Call

I’m a consultant — an expensive, trust-based business. I’ve never even bothered to cold call potential clients, because what sort of lunatic would spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on advice from a stranger? I’ve harshly warned other aspiring consultants off the practice: no one likes …

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination

A recent early morning hike in Malibu, California, led me to a beach, where I sat on a rock and watched surfers. I marveled at these courageous men and women who woke before dawn, endured freezing water, paddled through barreling waves, and even risked shark attacks, all for the sake of, maybe, …

Be Selfish. Be Very Selfish.

Here is a leadership lesson: Be selfish. Be very selfish.<p>For this message to be an effective leadership tip, we need to understand what selfishness is. Selfishness is typically defined as “concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself.” If someone hears that the CEO is being selfish, the …