Have you ever noticed that some jobs are easier to learn than others? When I was a teenager I worked one summer at a hardware store. For whatever reason, I was great at merchandising and customer service. But I was lousy at the register. To this day in my own retail store I fumble, […]
My buddy sat across the table from me listening patiently, his head cocked to one side while making a few scribbles on his yellow pad as I talked. A project I was working on had stalled, and I was in no small state of consternation about why it refused to find it’s higher gear. Our coffee time […]
This Monday morning you’ll have an opportunity to make an important decision regarding how you will spend your time and attention this week. The outcome of that decision could be the greatest single influence on your overall productivity, satisfaction and results when the week draws to a close roughly 100 hours from now.
One of the many bloggers that I follow is John Jantsch, whose Duct Tape Marketing often provides helpful insights on marketing for the small business community. He holds this spot-on perspective about strategic planning and small business – saying “…small business owners would love to have a three-year and five-year plan, but the reality is we often […]
I come across a lot of creative people. People with good ideas. Many with great one’s. A few with really bad ones. What I don’t see nearly as often is the unction to put ideas into activity to make them a reality. Whether it’s an idea for a business or a goal such as running […]
There is an old proverb that says ‘The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.’ The significance of this pithy jewel is well known to those in the agriculture industry. Plowing in the autumn enriches the soil making way for a good yield in the next crop. […]
Is Busy Good or Bad? The question draws a lot of debate, and no small amount of emotion. It has gathered diverse opinions in fields ranging from neuroscience to management theory. One camp says busy is good and one says it is not. But in practice I find the answer is not so simple. Perhaps […]