Business & Career

Elite Self-Discipline (Part I)

Greetings Everyday Spy, You don’t know this, but I write to you everyday. Some days I write before the sun comes up. Other days I write in the heat of a desert afternoon. And of course, many days I write to you after my wife and children have gone to bed. I write to you […]

The Spies We Buy

Greetings Everyday Spy, Every spy has one simple mission: collect valuable information. CIA taught me how to find, collect, and use information that others did not want me to have.      Information is power.       Information is leverage.       Information separates those who win from those who lose.  Some information gets protected by countries and corporations. There are […]

Nukes and Ice Cream

Greetings Everyday Spy, We are all trying to build something.  The average person will spend 90,000 hours of their life at work. I’m not just talking about career professionals. I’m talking about every person you see around you every day. People wearing aprons; people dressed in business suits; nurses in scrubs; roadside workers in coveralls.  […]

SOCIAL MASTERY (Part IV): A Warlord Story

Greetings Everyday Spy, Welcome to the final installment of our Social Mastery series! Feel free to revisit Part I, Part II, or Part III anytime. Today we bring together everything you’ve learned so far and master building rapport. Like you, I’ve had my share of horrible bosses during my career. Bad leadership comes in all […]

SOCIAL MASTERY (Part III): Following Traffic Lights

Greetings Everyday Spy, Welcome to the next level of Social Mastery training! If you want to review our previous lessons, here are links to Part I and Part II of training. My first job after leaving CIA was in Fortune 500 IT project management. I was hired into an Ohio-based team that analyzed operational business […]