Shrinking the Camel is BACK!


Hello Friends. Well. It’s been a while. How have you been? You may or may not have noticed, but I have been on a blog hiatus for over a year now, and for good reason. “Wait,” you’re thinking, “JB said blogging was a fun hobby! A pleasant diversion to load upon the heap of looming [Read More...]

Forced Fun


I once worked with a leadership coach who asked me to write out a vivid description of my ideal life in the future. It was one of those visionary-exercise things which is supposed to force you to come to grips with your enormous potential for achieving super-sized goals in life. I obediently wrote it all down, and upon reading it [Read More...]

Four Tips for Dealing with an Intimidating Audience

A friend of mine, Mark, was telling me of his harrowing experience in dealing with his Board of Directors. His latest business venture had brought in some high-powered private equity suits to the Board, of which he was now firmly accountable (since it was their money that was funding his new business launch). One board [Read More...]

Three Reflective Questions to Improve Your Job Performance

I recently spent a couple of hours thinking about my job instead of actually doing it. I mulled over the current state of affairs at work, my priorities, my recent accomplishments, where my time is being spent, and so on. I guess you could say I was reflecting. To some of you, this may sound like a [Read More...]

How to Sound More Confident

Lately, I have been coaching one of our managers on how to appear more confident in front of groups. I am uniquely qualified for this task because I am oh-so-familiar with self-confidence issues, as they played out many times in my early career. I would freeze up, quake in my boots, get dry mouth, gastric problems – you [Read More...]

How to Say “Good Job” in Plain English

There are many things to admire about the British, the most obvious being their attractive accents which somehow make them sound much smarter and far more commanding than their American colleagues. It doesn’t matter how disheveled their appearance might be, or how dry the subject is, those darn accents can captivate even the most insolent [Read More...]