My Blogs & Vlogs

Hypnotism and Sleight of Hand.

Jan 06, 2019 by Barc Category: Leadership, Uncategorized 0 comments Tags: Magic

There's leverage in hypnotism and sleight of hand.

The Real Secret

Jan 04, 2019 by Barc Category: Creativity 0 comments Tags: Practice, Work

The real secret is to keep practicing, writing, and helping friends be successful.

My Clients, My Friends, My Dates.

Jan 03, 2019 by Barc Category: Consulting 0 comments Tags: Dating, Friends

tarting out with a new client is a lot like modern dating.   There are the Instagram posts (usually the first few boardroom meetings with PowerPoint decks) that make you look hip, smart, and on the cutting edge. Then there’s the boozy dinner, and if that works, someone will do a Google research to see […]

Failure, Luck, and Hard Work

Jan 01, 2019 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments Tags: luck, success

When I see successful people, I see failure, hard work, and lots of luck. Especially the sensitivity to know when to exploit the luck.

Record, Create, Help

Dec 30, 2018 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments Tags: Creating

All of us are creative, responding to new situations, spitting out new ideas every day.

Old Rules, New Behaviors

Dec 27, 2018 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Business, Management 0 comments Tags: CapEx, Finance, GAAP, OpEx

Sometimes old rules help promote new behaviors.

Punch Drunk

Dec 26, 2018 by Barc Category: World 0 comments Tags: Deception, Magic

used to really be into magic when I was a kid. At one of my birthday parties, I put on a rented tux, assembled a bunch of tricks on a card table, pulled a stuffed rabbit out of my felt top hat, pretended to cut off my finger, and other fun things. I wasn’t very […]

Catch Someone

Dec 25, 2018 by Barc Category: Management, People Management 0 comments Tags: cleaning, habit

Catching someone doing something well that they enjoy doing—often without even getting paid to do it—is the kismet of a good manager.

All Games Get Boring

Dec 22, 2018 by Barc Category: Leadership, People Management 0 comments Tags: games, motivation

’ve become more and more intrigued with gaming theory lately, particularly how it applies to motivating people. I don’t know all of the complex math and psychology behind gaming theory (yet), but as a very basic metaphor for motivation, I get it. It’s never a great idea to be your employee’s psychotherapist (even if you […]

Who Knows?

Dec 13, 2018 by Barc Category: Management, People Management 0 comments Tags: health, hiring, inclusion

The manager of one of our stores slacked off this summer. We’re not sure why. It could have been personal issues, disinterest in the job, dislike of the people who work for him, or their dislike of him. Who knows? Whatever, he lost focus. Schedules and time sheets went unfinished and merchandise never got unpacked. […]

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