The Idea Wars

The recent patent war between Apple vs Samsung has stirred up the continuing discussion of the idea economy.  There have been many lawsuits around intellectual property, but a nice bookend…

Debunking The First-To-Market Myth

Many people are afraid to startup a new business because they believe they need an original idea in order to get started.  They are discouraged by trite startup mantras like,…

Some Customers Are Worth Losing

In “A Bronx Tale” (dir. Robert De Niro), the main character, Calogero, befriends a gangster, Sonny. Calogero and Sonny are driving around one day, and Calogero spots a guy who…

Useless Tools

  I was assembling a bookshelf today (yes, I still read physical books), and I was dumbfounded and frustrated with the tiny wrench thingy that came with it to put…

9 Tips on Conducting Productive Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming by yourself is one thing. Brainstorming with a group of people has its own challenges. I personally love facilitating brainstorming sessions. It’s like orchestrating a chaotic storm of ideas….

6 Tips on Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Because of the business I am in, you can imagine that I place a high value on maintaining a healthy brain and mind (yes, two separate things). Sometimes how we…

4 Reasons Establishing Relationships More Important Than Establishing Sales

I ran into my old pal Brian again.  And, again, he started pitching his weight loss supplements.  And, again, he did not succeed.  I diplomatically explained to Brian that I…

Start an Online Business in One Hour

So you’ve always wanted to have an online business that you can run from home in your pajamas. BUT… You don’t know any programming language You don’t have a huge…

Be an Indispensable Linchpin to the Right People

If you are reading this blog, you have probably at one point either heard of, or read Seth Godin‘s book, “Linchpin“. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the highlight:…

Think Different

In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs created the Apple I.  The rest, as they say, is history. What many people might not know, however, was that Steve Wozniak was…

Multiple Identity Crisis

I have an associate who introduces himself in the following manner: “I’m Jack. I’m a photographer, a massage therapist, and I’m also a programmer.” His business card actually says all…

Plan Your Vacations First

I was helping my client, Twyla, put together her training schedule for 2012. One of the things she complained about for the past few months is not being able to…


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