The True Entrepreneur is a Doer

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” ~ Nolan Bushnell, founder of AtariContinue reading “The True Entrepreneur is a Doer”

Steve Martin Taught Me to Think 9 Lives

I grew up watching Steve Martin as The Jerk, a Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, Roxanne, Father of the Bride and a traveler in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. He has that brilliant wit and timing that has made us roll over in laughter for decades and I couldn’t believe he was still performing at 71. That’s aContinue reading “Steve Martin Taught Me to Think 9 Lives”

Creativity Not Productivity

We had this age of efficiency and continuous improvement for a long time. When the Japanese were destroying us in the auto industry with better quality cars we buckled down and hyper focused on quality. It worked. ISO standards, Deming Cycles and Six Sigma drove quality to new standards, and we produced a generation ofContinue reading “Creativity Not Productivity”

Reinvent Yourself Before You’re Forced To

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ~ Robert Greene Things work … until they don’t. We bought stories previously that made sense. Advertising works because people pay attention. A horse and buggy is the way to travel. Everyone should meet for lunch to do business. ConglomeratesContinue reading “Reinvent Yourself Before You’re Forced To”

Building the Boring Business

I enjoy drama, action and suspense when I watch a movie to relax and let my mind and emotions wander. However, I don’t find heroics and craziness entertaining or useful in business. In fact, my goal with entrepreneurs and business owners is to build a boring business based on systems, processes and execution that produces consistentContinue reading “Building the Boring Business”

Create More Options and Stop Working Harder

When you are not getting the results you want, is it better to try harder or diversify your options? While there are myriad circumstances, when the law of averages governs the game you are playing, more options, attempts and scenarios can be a strategic move. Instead of working hard on one relationship build a hundred more withContinue reading “Create More Options and Stop Working Harder”

Don’t Waste Your Time and Commit to Personal Growth

It sure is easy to get distracted. No doubt you can zone out with so many entertainment venues that are accessible. But while you are snoozing, there are so many people that are committed to personal growth in their downtime that are getting ahead. Think about the reality of the high-tech world we live in. WillContinue reading “Don’t Waste Your Time and Commit to Personal Growth”

Strategies to Hack Uncertainty

Everything you know right now probably won’t be intact in a few years. There are too many changes and forces that are acting on your present version of reality. And the pace is only picking up. Simply look at people’s LinkedIn and see how fast they are switching jobs. Or do your research on wages,Continue reading “Strategies to Hack Uncertainty”

Work Less

There’s a viral article at Medium, This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week. The overall thought is that our workdays are antiquated. Where you work, how long you labor, and the fact that your energy levels approach diminishing returns are valid constraints to take into account in our brave new world. What if youContinue reading “Work Less”

The Feedback Advantage

  The worst thing that you can do in your work is to continue with business-as-usual when there are unseen forces acting on you. Whether you feel content working a job or continuing to work in a market that is obsolescing, the lack of feedback on a daily basis can build up into a cataclysmic event,Continue reading “The Feedback Advantage”