Quote of the Day

January 16th, 2010

Q-Tip = quit taking it personally. It’s not about “you.”A “no ‘I’ in team” ego-thumping acronym.

“How do I improve my mindset?”

January 7th, 2010

Years ago, a friend of mine was told that she didn’t have what it takes and that she wasn’t succeeding in her online business because she “didn’t have the right mindset.” She asked me later about how to improve her mindset after hearing me preach about the role of mindset in negotiations. I didn’t have an answer for her at the time, but the question has long stuck with me. Here are my rough thoughts.The first step is to wish for it. Set the goal. Journal. Become aware of your mindset as often as you can during the day. Train yourself to measure the mindset of others.Another step is to intentially surround yourself with people who think the way that you want to. Tulane’s AB Freeman school of business has done that for me. There are less expensive, but perhaps slower ways.You can also be intentional about surrounding yourself with artificial memes of mental toughness. I recommend the movies “300″ and “Pursuit of Happyness.”

Tulane Business Forum

October 16th, 2009

Today, I volunteered at the Tulane Business Forum. Some amazing people and ideas filled the small space in the Hilton at the foot of Poydras. In attendance were Trumpet’s Robbie Vitrano & Malcolm Schwarzenbach, Tulane’s President Scott Cowen, Freeman School’s Dean Angelo DeNisi, and feelgoodz’ Kyle Berner. Whole Foods’ John Mackey gave a presentation on “Conscious Capitalism” and chuckled through a defense of his recent controversial op-ed piece in the WSJ. John Elstrott and Shell’s president of the USA also made waves (weak pun on Green Wave)Jennifer McCausland deserves kudos for a smooth event. Go Cards…. uhm, next year.

Quote of the Day

April 15th, 2009

Truth without Love is Abuse. Love without Truth is Neglect.


 Another version of my mantra: the truth will set us free.La Verdad nos hará libre.  



Phrase of the day

April 9th, 2009

Preparing my brother Hans to negotiate the sale of his car, I advised him, “don’t talk yourself down.” This phrase has come in handy several times since then. It is a more specific form of the classic “No excuses.”

Negotiation quote

July 30th, 2008

“Rats and people come to love things for which they have suffered” - Leon Estinger

Quote of the Day

July 18th, 2008

Unless you become more watchful in your States and check this spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that the most important powers of Government have been given or bartered away, and the control of your dearest interests have been passed into the hands of these corporations.” -President Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837 (2)

Quote of the Day

July 15th, 2008

ProLife does not mean Prohibition.-Brian Pagano sums up the Catholic faith. 

Quote of the Day

July 12th, 2008

“Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs” - Jack Lynch

quicky Internet Negotiation

July 11th, 2008

Yesterday, I found some minor errors on a great website yesterday. I quickly emailed the “contact us” link and detailed how to improve. Then, I asked for an account upgrade, which I was granted.


Lessons: 1) Don’t give anything away without asking for something in return. 2) Trade 1s (easy email) for 10s (account access) 3) Don’t be afraid to ask. The worst you can get is a “No.” 4) Ask for more than you expect to receive  


Notice how I earned respect by being cheeky. I suspect I also earned respect for my well cited, easy to read email. 


Today, I’ll spend all day on the site…. and probably email him some more free Quality Assurance work. 


Super GMAT prep internet site : PrepForTests.com


Joel’s response pasted below:  

Thanks very much for informing me about the errors in the tutorials. I’ve fixed both of these but if you spot any more or have any other suggestions for improvements please do get in touch.I’ve given your account unlimited question access (I enjoyed your cheek in asking)Best of luck with your GMAT and I hope you find our site useful