Do We Need All These Rock Star CEO’s??

Seems the trend in the business world is to either get or become some sort of Rock Star CEO. That you need a charismatic leader to charge the troops and “innovate” [1]. That’s all well in good if you are a company that needs investors, must cater to outside shareholders or is in need of …

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Episode 54 – 2012 Summer Movie Preview with Alan Cerny

Alan Cerny (NordlingAICN on twitter) returns for his annual summer movie preview. Craig and Alan talk Prometheus, The Dark Knight Returns, The Amazing Spider-Man, Rock of Ages as well as Pixar’s Brave and other greats flicks due out this summer. Alan even gets Craig to reluctantly talk about the Expendables 2 and GI Joe. If you’re going to the movies, listen to this podcast first.
As always, Alan can be read at Aint it Cool News under the name Nordling.

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Episode 53 – Special Agent Orlando Munoz – The FBI

Special Agent Orlando “Orly” Munoz sits down with Craig at the FBI (yes, THAT FBI) Houston Division’s headquarters to talk about being a G-Man or G-Woman. Since Craig’s only frame of reference is TV and movies, he talks to Orly about how someone can become an agent, what the FBI does and what exactly is their jurisdiction. They also touch upon drugs, kidnapping, serial killers, Craig’s lack of a weapon and why Houston is a hotbed for almost all the crimes the FBI concentrate on.

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Leading From All Sides

  The one thing I’ve learned over the years is there is no one thing. If you want to be a good leader, good manager, good employee there is no one way. Often, the “way” you interact needs to change with each person and each situation. Sure, honesty, fairness and maintaining integrity are constants.  Being …

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Episode 52 – Michael Redmond – Risk Management

Michael Redmond takes a chance and talks to risk management with Craig. The last in a series highlighting speakers for the PMI-Rochester Professional Development Day on May 24th, Michael explains the importance of identifying potential problems every company face yet often don’t want to think about.
You can find more about Michael Redmond at http://www.redmondworldwide.com

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Episode 51 – Anthony Mersino – Soft Skills

Anthony Mersino talks to Craig about “ soft skills ”. They talk about feelings (no…no crying), empathy, interacting with strangers and new people. You know, things Craig has no ability to talk about. They also discuss how to become more self-aware, understanding self-confidence and being more authentic.
Be sure to attend the PMI-Rochester Professional Development Day on May 24th and if you can’t attend but want to learn more about Anthony, visit his company’s website at

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Episode 50 – Maria Matarelli – Agile Management

Maria Matarelli (@mariamatarelli on twitter) calls in to discuss her Agile Management program she will be presenting on May 24th at the Project Management Institute-Rochester Chapter’s Professional Development Day. While Craig’s limited knowledge of Agile is more than obvious, he does manage to get some understanding on Scrum, Velocity and thanks to Maria, invent Smokey and the Bandit Management.
You can register for the May 24th PMI-Rochester PDD at http://www.pmirochester.org and you can learn more about Maria at http://www.bevilledge.com/maria or connect with her via LinkedIn.

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