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Liz Trocchio Smith

Liz Trocchio Smith
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Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2013 Good morning, Next week we will wrap up our 42 Rules to Lead, by Jonathan Rosenberg with Google, but let’s stop this week to celebrate the season of Christmas.  Enjoy time with your family and friends and count the many blessing you have. Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 16, 2013 Good morning , We are close to wrapping up our 42 Rules to Lead by Google’s SVP of Product Strategy, Jonathan Rosenberg.  Our next Rule is Innovation.   Creativity can’t be managed – Too many companies micro-manage the creative process.  That doesn’t work.  “Creativity can’t be allocated, it can be budgeted, it can be measured, it can be tracked and encouraged, but it can’t be dictated.”  “In…

Decision Making

Monday, December 9, 2013 Good morning , In a continuation of our 42 Rules to Lead by Jonathan Rosenberg, SVP of Google’s Product Strategy, this week is focused on Decision Making, and is short and sweet. Start with the right goals – Choose your goals wisely.  Goals drive behavior and conflict.  Make sure you have the goals right, and if they’re creating conflict, change them. Consensus does not mean unanimous –…

What’s Important

Monday, December 2, 2013 Good morning , Yes, it is already December!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, of course those that don’t work retail and that didn’t have to go in and stand on their feet all day and night and wait on people wanting to save a few pennies. I know we are in the middle of a series about the 42 Rules to…

Team Building

Monday, November 25, 2013 Good morning , As we continue with our 42 Rules to Lead  by Google’s Senior Vice President Jonathon Rosenberg, this week our focus is on Team Building. Interview well – You have to learn how to interview well – just like you would learn any other skill.  People love to work with great people.  They not only make a great company, they also attract more great people….


Monday, November 18, 2013 Good morning , The week before Veteran’s Day, we were working on the 42 Rules to Lead by the Man who defined Google’s Product Strategy, Senior Vice President Jonathan Rosenberg.  This week we will pick it back up and talk about his leadership view on Culture. Ditch the pecking order – You shouldn’t be able to figure out a company’s org chart by looking at their product….

Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 11, 2013, Veteran’s Day. Good morning  I know those of you that read last weeks Monday Morning Coffee were expecting a continuation of Google’s Leadership Tips, but I felt compelled to put if off until next week considering it is Veteran’s Day, and do a special issue for all our Veteran’s.   World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when…

42 Rules to Lead By

Monday, November 4, 2013 Good morning A friend recently sent me a great article from Google’s SVP of Product Strategy, Jonathan Rosenberg. He breaks down his 42 Rules to Lead By.  Don’t worry, I’m not listing all 42 this morning, but they are so great, that I am dedicating the next 5 Monday Mornings to share with you. Mr. Rosenberg breaks them down into Communication, Culture, Team Building, Decision Making,…

Impacting Lives

Monday, October 28, 2013 Good morning, This past weekend, after spending months with several of my classmates planning, I attended my High School Reunion.   No, I didn’t forget to tell you the number of years the reunion was, as it really doesn’t matter here, but it has been a lot of years since I was in high school.  I attended high school in the D/FW area, so travel for…

Columbus Day

Monday, October 14, 2013 Good morning , Today we celebrate Columbus Day.   The first recorded ceremony commemorating Columbus in America occurred in 1792, 300 years after his famous first voyage in 1492.   To honor Columbus, a ceremony was held in New York, and a monument was dedicated to him in Baltimore, Maryland.  In 1892, a statue of Columbus was raised at Columbus Avenue in New York City.  Further, at…

Leadership Challenges

Monday, October 7, 2013 Good morning , As leaders, good leaders, the best of leaders, we are natural fixers.  Something comes our way that goes wrong, is broken or a challenge and we automatically go into fixer mode.  Nothing to big, overwhelming or damaged that the best of leaders can’t handle, right? We stay calm, we are proactive and not reactive, we get it done, and we move forward. We reach…

The Likeable Leader

Monday, September 30, 2013 Good morning , In today’s new millennium of workers, how important is it to be a Likeable Leader?   Some experts say very important.  Below are the Top 11 Traits of a Likeable Leader for Today’s Millennium, by top owners of today’s millennium companies.  Read on, then weigh in. 1.  A Balance of Firmness and Understanding The Millennials entering the work force are not accustomed to the…