Why This Remarkable Brand Will Dominate This Year

In 2006 Time Magazine named “You” the Person of The Year.

Ten years later, “You” are the Brand of The Year.

Personal brand building online for executives, employees and students will dominate 2016. It may have been cute two, three, four years ago to say, “I am a technological dummy,” but it’s not cute anymore.

It’s irresponsible.

10 Daily Habit of The Most Self Confident People

I’m not here to patronize you. We know if you walk with better posture, force a fake smile, or get a new haircut you can trick your brain and boost your self-confidence. Perhaps for 20 minutes you’ll think you’re the next Richard Branson.

I’m here to tell you there are proven ways to improve your self-confidence that will drive real, long lasting change in your life.

Tom Shine

Tom is a self made man. A person I admire and respect. While some of is peers are retiring. Tom Shine is just getting started.

Jeff Pearlman

Chris Dessi: How do you define success?
Jeff Pearlman: It’s a funny question. Back when I was coming up, first at the University of Delaware, then at The Tennessean in Nashville, my answer would have been something like, “Making it to Sports Illustrated” or “having an SI cover story.”

Bill LaRosa

G. William LaRosa is not just my Uncle. He’s my Godfather. I’ve idolized him for as long as I can remember.

Recently, in the midst of a compelling conversation about business, I marveled how intelligent he is. He replied “I’m not that smart, I’ve just been around.”

I call that wisdom.

It’s my honor to share my Godfather’s wisdom on this blog.

Lisa Besserman

Everyone has different methods that to lead to their success, especially entrepreneurs. For me, the most important daily quality is being flexible. There have been times where I’ve had to fly to a different continent on a moment’s notice, extend a trip for weeks at a time, or drop everything to solve a time sensitive issue. It’s being able to address these unexpected turns that has allowed me to become the entrepreneur I am today. I guess you can say my “rhythm” is embracing the unexpected and being flexible in times of uncertainty. I work better at night, so I generally go to bed at around 1am and start the day around 9am, answering emails in bed. Working from home has its advantages.

John Hall

John Hall is one of the most powerful people in media who you’ve never met. He’s the master mind behind Influence and Co. Forbes recently listed them as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.” If you want to be a thought leader, John is the gatekeeper. When meeting John in person you’d never know the power this one man can wield. He’s filled with humility, and charming reverence. Get him on a stage, and he will rock you to the core. John and his team are at the tip of the “thought leader” wave. Surfing the edge where the wave of new and compelling is breaking. Crashing down on old, and dusty John’s team are trailblazers.

Tim Flannery

The guy is an intellectual powerhouse, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Maryland. I’m proud to call the guy a friend, and I’m enjoying watching his star rise. He arguably has the best answer to my “how do you define success” question of any interviewee.

Todd Marks

Todd is a confident guy. He’s continued to be confident throughout his career. He’s built one of the most successful companies in Maryland. Which is why I thought he’s be a perfect candidate to profile in these success interviews.

Please welcome, Todd “Doc” Marks.

Tami Canizzaro

Tami Canizzaro is a unique executive. Dynamic and inspiring on one hand. Down to earth, and practical on the other. I’ve been fortunate to get to know Tami over the past 2 years. She spoke at my event the Westchester Digital Summit and has since become a friend. She has climbed the ranks of corporate American while maintaining a family, and strong sense of who she is. I find her inspiring

The Most Powerful Secret to Being More Efficient When Blogging

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Top 10 Book Recommendations

I’m a voracious reader. I’m also an entrepreneur. These books have recently helped me with everything I do. I hope they can help you too.

4 Simple Ways to Make Your Blog Amazing

My full name is Christopher Guy Dessi. I love 80’s hair bands, the movie Goodfellas, brunettes, and black Lamborghini’s. I hate when people shush me, glitter, pleated pants, and math. When I was in fifth grade I passed a note to Danielle Bennett and asked her to meet me behind Lakeview Elementary so I could kiss her. She responded with an enthusiastic – “That’s gross.” Why am I telling you all this? Because building your personal brand is all about getting personal. Offering some insight into your personal life is essential for success in building a rock solid personal brand.

Russell Adler

There are many attorneys out there. Russ isn’t like any of them. That’s mostly why he’s my attorney. He’s the high hat of the beat. The bass player in the band. The dude that’s a little quirky, and always intriguing. I think these differences are why I’m drawn to Russ. They’re the reason why he has become more of a “consigliere” to me than hired gun. He’s the real deal. Genuine, grounded and a new kind of attorney with a new kind of approach to success that I thought worth sharing. I think you’ll agree.

Raymond A. Sanseverino

Today I have a special treat for you. Ray has been gracious with his time, his answers, and his life story. Ray inspires me. I’m sure he’ll do the same for you. Enjoy.

Dennis Simmons

This dude is fascinating. His life and the way he lives his life has inspired me. The way he shares his success and supports those that he loves is exemplary. He’s just one of those guys. I love him. You’re gonna love him too. Wait until you read about Dennis’s Grandson Reese. Read on, and enjoy.

Sheila Haile

Chris Dessi: You’ve had a storied career, winning all sorts of accolades. 2012 Most Influential Women in Optical – too many MarComm awards to list. When did you first consider yourself a success?

Sheila Haile: That thought does not even cross my mind. I don’t believe you are a success until there is nothing left to do. And there is so much more I want to do…in all phases of my life. I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished the big one yet.

John Dokes

For John Dokes, CMO of AccuWeather it’s all three. Talent, smarts and good looks come naturally to John. I hate guys like that. But I just can’s find it in me to hate John. But sometimes I can get irked. A few weeks ago my wife and I had just finished listening to the “John Dokes Quintet” at a Jazz club called Kitano, and I was angry. I approached John after his set and berated him.