4 Steps to Build a Superstar Team

July 4, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

I used to have a recurring nightmare. I would find myself sitting in a high school classroom. I’d be chatting it up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while when suddenly the teacher would announce it was time to take the final exam. Suddenly I would remember that I hadn’t been in (read on...)

Are You Hard To Work With?

July 3, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

I was searching through my personal email the other day when up popped an email from a local spa. Thinking it was a good time for a massage (OK, is there ever a bad time for a massage?) I took a look to see what they were offering. They laid out what seemed to be a great membership program. (read on...)

3 Business Lessons I Learned From Playing Angry Birds

July 3, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

I really hate to admit this, but I am seriously addicted. Don’t tell anyone, but I can’t get enough of the game Angry Birds. It started innocently as an app that I downloaded onto my Android phone and quickly became the game that I just couldn’t put down. If you aren’t (read on...)

Business Systems to Get In The Mood And Get Motivated

July 3, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

#1 Plan and take a brisk walkThere’s just something about a little exercise that gets the blood pumping. So if you feel like you need a nap, grab those sneakers and head for the door. #2 Pick up some upbeat musicPut together a CD of songs that motivate you. For example, at a speakers (read on...)

Are You in Deep Water? Business Lessons Learned From Kayaking

July 3, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

I’m not exactly what you would call an expert kayaker. But when my friends invited me to go kayaking with them I thought it would be fun to spend the day paddling through the water. About 10 minute into the trip I learned that kayaking is not as easy as it looks. But conquering the wind and (read on...)

5 Ways BEER Can Make Your Business Better

July 3, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Here are 5 business lessons I learned from drinking beer. 1. Be Committed Arthur Guinness founded the company in the mid 1700s. He signed a 9000 (no that’s not a typo) year lease on the brewery. 9000 years! He was so committed and devoted to his idea he backed it with a 9000 year time (read on...)

The 5 Surest Ways to Banish Marketing Confusion

May 4, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Marketing 

I want you to know I realize how overwhelming marketing often feels. It can feel overbearing, like you’re out of control, like there’s a force of nature pushing you along. But I also want you to know that it really doesn’t have to feel that way. When I was a little kid we used (read on...)

The Socks and Shoes Routine

April 21, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Wondering what footwear has to do with business leadership? Give me a few moments of your time and I’ll show you. We all know that blindly following old habits and routines doesn’t get us new results, just the same results. Good routines mean good results. Even when some changes could (read on...)

The World’s Greatest Business Tool Revealed

February 27, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Metrics that matter… the continuous improvement cycle Amazon stocks some 11,000 titles in the category “Small Business Management”, and although I can’t profess to have read them all, I am reasonably sure that very few will give you this simple bit of (read on...)

Leading Across Divisions: The Perils of Stovepipe Retailing

November 2, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

One of the reasons I like JCPenney is because their marketers and advertisers work in conjunction with the front-line retail store managers. When JCPenney runs a promotion with special and coupons, they mail them to residences, and those same coupons are available in the store. It makes good (read on...)