Hello, and welcome to Success Common Sense. I’m Bud Bilanich, and I will be writing this blog. I am an executive coach, keynote speaker and management consultant. I’ve been helping individuals, teams and entire organizations develop, grow and flourish for over 30 years.
I’m excited about this blog because it gives me a forum for my ideas on what it takes to become a success in your career and life. I’m hoping that my ideas will provide a starting point for discussion. Comments are one of the things I love about blogs. They provide an opportunity for sharing and discussion.
You might be wondering why I am qualified to write this blog. Here is a little information about me. I’ve spent my entire career in the human development field. After studying Human Development at Penn State , I became a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Volunteer – kind of like a domestic Peace Corps, in the fall of 1972.
After my year of service was completed, I spent the next 15 years working in corporate training and organization development. Along the way, I received an MA in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Colorado , and an EdD (Doctor of Education) in Adult Education and Organization Behavior and Intervention from Harvard University. I also spent three years on the faculty of the Northeastern University School of Business.
I started a speaking, coaching and consulting business in 1988. I love what I do, and I enjoy sharing my thoughts. I’ve written six books – you can find the titles on my website. I’m in the process of writing a seventh – Star Power: Common Sense Ideas for Career and Life Success. I am planning on using this blog to help me sharpen my ideas for this book. That’s why I am so interested in hearing from you and reading and responding to your comments.
I write another blog, www.CommonSenseGuy.com in which I focus on leadership and running a business. I’d appreciate it if you would check it out. This blog is an outgrowth of Common Sense Guy, which used to focus on career and life success as well as leadership and running a business. I have found that career and life success is a topic that is too big to share space with two other topics, so I have decided to create a blog specifically dedicated to it.
On a personal note – I live in Denver, CO with Cathy, my wife. I am a cancer survivor. My favorite charity is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. Common Sense Guy readers and I raised over $2,500 for Alex’s foundation earlier this year. I’ll write about Alex and her inspiring story in a post in the not too distant future.
I am a retired rugby player and an avid cyclist. I enjoy movies and live theatre, and watching pro and college football, basketball and hockey. I love to read – especially crime fiction. I have an extensive library of business books and novels.
I’m looking forward to writing this blog and to interacting with you. Please send me your comments. It’s the only way to build a sense of community on a blog.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading. Please log on to www.CommonSenseGuy.com and my websites www.BudBilanich.com, www.CommonSenseCoach.com and www.CommonSenseKeynotes.com.
I’ll see you around the web, and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
PS: Speaking of Alex’s Lemonade Stand – my fundraising page is still open. Please go to www.FirstGiving.com/TheCommonSenseGuy to read Alex’s inspiring story and to donate if you can.