Bob Vecchiotti

    Bob Vecchiotti is a business psychologist who is a trusted adviser and coach to executives in companies large and small. He practices in Peterborough. Born in New York City, he settled in the Monadnock Region via St. Louis. He relaxes by cooking his favorite recipes and reading biographies. 

    Y ou’re a member of the class of 2008. The commencement speaker no doubt congratulated you for completing studies that prepared you for “the real world.” You were ready to begin your chosen career.

    I recently found an interesting article in the February 2011 “Monitor on Psychology,” a publication of the American Psychological Association. In it there was a bold statement: “Narcissism is on the rise.”

    Whether you’re pleased with the business results from this past year or not, the motivation for the new year is always to do better. But there are four attitudes that you want to be careful of in 2018 and below are some courses of action to help you adjust.

    In business and for the coming holiday season, agility is the ability to have. Living and leading in such challenging times requires what business psychologists have been calling a hot topic for quite some time. It’s learning agility. It can easily be referred to as continuous learning and a…

    As a business owner, are you sensing some uncertainty emerging as you manage your business? It’s understandable, given the international tensions, domestic volatility, new competition, general economic uncertainty, difficulties with talent retention, and customer demands for low cost and hig…

    It’s Labor Day weekend. It’s a time to celebrate the unofficial end of summer with a barbecue or some other outdoor gathering with family and friends. From now on, there’s no national holiday celebrated by a majority of workers until Thanksgiving. So there’s a lot of celebration and rest wit…

    Do you find there’s more uncertainty in more aspects of your life today? It’s startling when you list all the possible changes that can affect your life or give you a feeling of being overwhelmed. The world is smaller and the amount of available information is astronomical, so international …

    This is the season when graduates hear and reflect on the wisdom of their commencement speakers who come from many walks of life: entertainment, sports, politics, religion, the media, fellow students and business. Here are two samples from 2016: “… the only answer to more hate is more humani…

    I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised at how long the list of changes you’ve seen in the last three years — whether at home, work, or in furthering your education — can be. Changes happen every day. You know that; you’ve seen that. There are changes that appear slowly and are even hard to detec…

    Everyone is familiar with the U.S. national economy, which is the balance of the revenue the nation takes in, primarily through taxes, and what it spends through its annual budget. Two major components make up the macro national economy. They are the gross domestic product, which measures th…

    It’s no surprise that chief executive officers (CEOs) face major business challenges — market volatility, work load and pace, ever-changing circumstances, rigorous applications for credit lines, and disruptive technology being a few. Some senior executives also cope with the personal challen…

    Did you know that companies large and small are spending, in total, billions of dollars each year on leadership development? The range is estimated to be from 40 billion in the US to 350 billion worldwide. That sounds high but not when you consider the popularity of leadership today. I’ve wr…

    The early part of every New Year is a time when there’s a lot of discussion of trends for the coming year. 2016 is no exception. Every important sector projects what they will contain and be like. Here are some highlights.

    S o, Black Friday is behind you and if you’ve shopped that day, you’ve survived round one of the holiday season. Just after Thanksgiving, the traditional holiday shopping season begins. It’s a time of peace and joy and remembrance and celebration. So how come you can sense the stress of the …

    This situation is typical in businesses where the owner, founder and entrepreneur is still in place. He or she likes what’s been done to create the company and its early success. But what got them there won’t necessarily keep them successful. There’s too much variability and change out there…

    According to the United Nations, “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a management concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and interactions with their stakeholders.” The obvious result is to benefit the business and society at l…

    The words lead, leader, and leadership all contribute to our understanding of how some people can influence and guide others to act in particular ways to achieve a common purpose. In describing such activities you need at least two of the words with which I began this column. Most often we u…

    Several centuries ago, business owners were concerned with local uncertainties. What is my competitor in the same town doing? How can I keep more people at work and not be raided by a new company in the area? How can I survive a fire? These concerns were easily resolved since there was plent…

    Most business owners say their major objective is to increase earnings for their companies. No other comment need be made except for how and what practices get you there. Sometimes the objective can be achieved by raising prices and with significant product quality customers may be willing t…

    The ABC hit program “Shark Tank” is a very interesting program from several perspectives. If you watch it you can learn a lot about how venture capitalists invest —what they look for and why they’ll put seed money into a project.

    Here’s what I know about leadership. What began as the exclusive study of leader traits moved to an understanding of the influence of circumstances on leader qualities, and then to the contemporary view of leadership as a process. As a process, leadership includes both the leader and follow…

    All aboard! It’s a familiar call when boarding a train. That call today is very appropriate for people joining a company for the first time. You begin your career journey, whether starting at an entry level or transitioning to a senior position with a company’s on-boarding process.

    Every year new words are used to describe leadership. Most include characteristics of the leader. Some recent words include “resilient,” “visionary,” “mindful,” “humble,” “humorous,” “collaborative” and so on. Ever since the word “leadership” entered our vocabulary just after the Civil War, …

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