January 15, 2018

In my position, I have an opportunity to rub shoulders with executives from all walks of business.  The vast majority of them are capable, competent and driven.  They know exactly what they want and most of them are well on their way to realizing their goals.  Almost a...

September 17, 2016

I'll say it again.  There really is a shortcut to success in business.  Yes, anyone can do it who is willing to engage.  No, you don't have to be particularly wise, strong or talented.  You just have to be willing to follow a simple formula to get what you want.  Read...

August 31, 2016

Several years ago, as CEO of a rapidly growing company, I faced the dilemma we've all faced (or will face) -- the employee that's straddling the fence.  They're really not good enough to keep, but on the other hand, they haven't done anything so bad that you would fire...

August 5, 2016

I recall the story of a professor of entrepreneurship at a prestigious university who would come into his class on the first day of the semester and say, “Many of you have signed up to take this class to find out if you might be an entrepreneur.  Let me save us all a l...

June 24, 2016

Can I just start by saying right up front that I hate the term "coach."  Coach implies that I'm going to teach you how to play the game.  I'm Not.  It implies that I'm going to call the plays.  I'm not.  It implies that I'm going to get the credit when things go well....

March 17, 2016

Betting on you may well be the best thing you can do in these economic times.  Betting on someone else to make your money grow (vis a vis the stock market) may be a thing of the past (at least for the foreseeable future.)  This is the age of the small business.  Entrep...

January 1, 2016

As we face the prospects of another new year, we lament with Dickens, “It is the best of times and it is the worst of times.”  In many ways, things have never been better in the entire history of the world.

When you look at the explosion in technology and the tremendous...

August 20, 2015

I got a call from a young friend the other day.  He indicated he’d finished his education, been certified as a CPA and had worked in public accounting for 2 – 3 years.  He felt like he was ready to start his own business.  Did I have any advice for him?  I indicated I’...

July 8, 2015

When I was in high school, burnout was something you did in your dad’s big old Oldsmobile with the 455 rocket engine that left two big black marks for hundreds of feet down the road.  Today it’s used to describe the state of many employees and many managers in most bus...

April 22, 2015

Over the last several years I have found I derive much more satisfaction out of mentoring others than I do from building a business myself.  As part of that self-discovery I did a stint at Brigham Young University in Rexburg Idaho as a professor of entrepreneurship.  T...

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