A Marketing Expert’s Must-Read Advice on Living Better

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

Heartfelt Advice for Young Fathers

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

This New Year’s Resolution is About Time

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

The Business Lesson on the Stairway to Heaven

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

On the Value of Good Computer Games

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

Your Business is No Excuse for Being an A**hole

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

Holidays Part 2: Having a Life in the Meantime

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

Let He Who is WITH Sin Cast the First Blog

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

Research Agrees: Time is the Scarcest Resource.

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.

10 Tips for Saving Your Life From Your Business

Your business or your life? The nagging question comes up a lot. Recently I saw this startling statement: Maximizing your chance for success means sacrificing health and family. That was in this post by Jason Cohen on VentureBeat. He’s serious. He quotes Mark Cuban and one other successful entrepreneur. He says you can’t get it … Continue reading 10 Tips for Saving Your Life From Your Business