I’m proud to say John Jantsch, the world’s number one expert on small business marketing, is a friend of mine. I’ve worked with him for years and I’ve learned a lot from him. For example, I still use his definition of marketing (“getting people to know, like, and trust you”) almost daily. His wisdom has … Continue reading A Marketing Expert’s Must-Read Advice on Living Better
My five kids are all grown up now, doing well thanks, and as I look back on things related to parenting I think I’ve discovered something worth sharing. It’s about dad time with young kids. Our oldest was born in 1972 and our youngest in 1987, and in our case, during those 15 years a … Continue reading Heartfelt Advice for Young Fathers
On this last working day of this year, staring 2011 in the face, I’m reminded: Time is the scarcest resource. Don’t waste it. In the 1987 Wall Street movie, as they board his private jet, Gordon Gekko tells Bud Fox: Real wealth is not having to waste time. Meanwhile, somebody suggested to me that we … Continue reading This New Year’s Resolution is About Time
What’s “the stairway to heaven” to you? Is it about God and Heaven? A metaphor for business growth, maybe? I think of the Led Zeppelin song and a picture on the album cover something like the one here. It’s a long stairway heading up into the sky, with landings or stopping points, and changes of … Continue reading The Business Lesson on the Stairway to Heaven
My thanks to Chris Brogan for posting Games and Fun on his blog this morning, linking to Jane McGonical’s Gaming Can Make a Better World video on TED.com (embedded below). In his post, Chris says: Forget the rest of my blog post and just watch this. Ask yourself whether or not you could make more … Continue reading On the Value of Good Computer Games
It’s almost two years now since I had a go at listing traits of entrepreneurs. It started with somebody else’s 10 signs you’re probably an entrepreneur list and then I came up with my own list, a few days later, 10 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs. And even a couple of years later, I still like … Continue reading Can You Pick the Entrepreneurs From the Crowd?
To be honest, I thought it was a joke; irony, perhaps, or sarcasm. But no, to my surprise, I clicked on Love Your Business More Than Your Family, a column on entrepreneur.com, and he’s serious. Author George Cloutier says: Your cell phone is for keeping in touch with clients and sales managers in the field, … Continue reading Your Business is No Excuse for Being an A**hole
In case you’re wondering, my post here yesterday was also subtitled Holidays Part 1. (I did that in invisible ink, so you wouldn’t see it there. But it was.) For part 2, keeping on with my holiday theme of moving back a bit from business, reflecting on what’s really important in life (even if just for a … Continue reading Holidays Part 2: Having a Life in the Meantime
This is Monday of the first of two holiday weeks. This is a good time to pull back a bit, reflect on things from a different perspective. It’s really good that our various religions, cultures, and traditions remind us, every once in a while, to slow down and think. Especially this year, which has been … Continue reading Let He Who is WITH Sin Cast the First Blog
I was going to do another strategy piece this morning, in keeping with the time for planning theme I’d thought I was doing for this week. But no. We can do business strategy next year. Instead, for this last work day of this long and less-than-stellar year, let’s please enjoy, now, this excellent new research … Continue reading Research Agrees: Time is the Scarcest Resource.