Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was recently honored with the Cavett Award, the highest honor the NSA bestows on its members, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the speaking profession. In 2020, Global Gurus named Mark the #5 Leadership Authority in the world.

Does Being Ethical Pay?

That is the focus of The Journal Report in today’s WSJ. The section provides some interesting insights into the dollars and cents of ethical behavior. Such questions, however, miss the point: if ethical behavior didn’t pay, should it be abandoned? What’s the alternative? I know business professionals are interested in the implications of ethical behavior,…

Spinning the Spin

Today a well-known baseball player under scrutiny for alleged steroid use (which he denies in the face of some substantial evidence) also denied beginning an affair with a well-know country western star when she was only 15 (which she did not confirm but rather said she could not deny). Said athlete admitted that he had…

Beware of Brevity

Aristotle believed in the golden mean, the midway point between too little and too much of anything. Just as wordiness is too much, sometimes brevity can be too little. If you find yourself defending your brief communications, the clue phone is ringing for you. Recently a friend was justifiably incensed by something he read online.…

Getting to Know John McCain

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an important editorial piece about John McCain I really encourage you to read for two reasons (click here). First, there are some powerful stories about McCain’s character that will give you insights into who he is that you probably haven’t and won’t see elsewhere. Second, there is a lesson to…

Drive to Completion

Larry Bossidy’s book Execution was a bestseller. My friend Sam Giest just wrote a book called Execute…or Be Executed. Both books speak to the crucial need for leaders to create results. The road to Hades, as it is often said, is paved with good intentions. The road to success is paved with results. Nearly fifty…