“Leaders know who they are and who they may need to become. They recognize that life is fluid and what has worked in the past might not work in the future. They are confident seekers of knowledge. They embrace what is new and unknown with courage and grace. This is life behind the bar. This is life leading an organization.”
Fact can be more exhilarating, frustrating, surprising and exasperating than fiction. This is the essence of Rothberg’s Rants. These are observations of everyday events and changes in society that astound me. They are not critiques as much as commentary and musing about how to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Helen Rothberg’s new book—The Perfect Mix—is just that. A perfect mix of great insight rooted in real business experiences, along with interesting and revealing perspective from her days as a bartender. As Rothberg says, “sometimes you stir, sometimes you shake, sometimes you blend.” In the end, The Perfect Mix provides great insight on how to be a fearless, thoughtful, compassionate leader in today’s challenging business world.”
– Terry D. Peigh, Author and Global Marketing Executive
“Dr. Rothberg doesn’t dilute the ingredients for leadership success in this fun and practical guide to bringing out the best in people. Even a teetotaler will find useful tips for bellying up to the leadership bar.”
– Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of See Jane Lead and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
“Delicious and brilliant! Dr. Rothberg serves up the ideal blend of wisdom, practical application, and stories to help us understand how to be more effective and impactful leaders. A worthwhile and enjoyable read.”
– Keryl Pesce, Author and Happiness Expert
“From a great bartender to a great teacher and coach, Dr. Rothberg embodies everything which is great in leaders. Executives and students alike would do well to listen to her ADVICE.”
– Benjamin Gilad, author of Business War Games, President, Academy of Competitive Intelligence
I am blessed with the privilege and responsibility of engaging young minds. I have been a college professor for over thirty years; across Baby Boomers, GenX, GenY, and Millennials. I work across all levels; graduate students, managers and executives. Among the undergraduates though, my greatest teachers, there is one characteristic that keeps me going and ignites my soul:
They have hope in their eyes and believe that the world can be a better place.
And because of this my mantra has been: “I teach for free, they pay me to go to the meetings.”
I impart the thinking and frameworks of strategic management. But that is not my job. My job is to help young people find what is magnificent in themselves, so that when they enter the world of next; work, parenting, and leading, they know that they can reach, get out of their own way, discover great lessons in failure, choose how to respond to things out of their control, that they know that they are our future and we are confident that they can do it better than we have.
Each generation can look to the next and whine about something- my parents’ generation thought that rock and roll was noise, some of my generation think the same of rap or hip hop. This is all really just a response to change. Most people don’t like change. Managing change is work, it takes understanding, commitment and energy and at different points of life it feels too tiring. It is just easier to complain about what is unfamiliar.
It can be hard to find the beauty in the unfamiliar. That is what “The Kids Are Alright” is about. The purpose is to share stories about my students that demonstrates who they are, what they value, what drives them, so you can have faith in our future too.