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Big Rocks, Little Rocks, Sand, and Water

Big Rocks, Little Rocks, Sand, and Water

We learn about order of operations in elementary mathematics. The idea that a process must follow a pre-scripted series of steps to insure the correct answer is found. Order of operations does not apply to just math equations. In fact, it applies to everything from...
Your Brand’s Brand

Your Brand’s Brand

Throughout history, we’ve used branding to mark everything from bread to livestock. Bakers would cut unique marks in their bread dough as a way to signal trust to their consumers. Ranchers used iron to sear their brand and track commingling cattle. Today, we...
Your Circle

Your Circle

Literary giants C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson famously gathered at an Oxford pub called The Eagle and Child (which you can still visit today). The group, known affectionately as The Inklings served as both inspiration and support for one...
The Case for a Beautiful Website

The Case for a Beautiful Website

Many of the expert entrepreneurs I talk to are passionately consumed with the details. The little things that go into making a beautiful website – perhaps choosing from 1000s of font and color combinations. Or obsessing over a competitor’s website. Or...
Time Invested is not Time Wasted

Time Invested is not Time Wasted

We live in an ever-connected society. The technology that was supposed to make our lives easier, actually makes it more frantic. Our need to be connected often shortcuts our ability to connect with those around us. The same with time. Our time-saving technology has...
The Social Media Algorithm and Your Business

The Social Media Algorithm and Your Business

“Every day we’d be having meetings saying, ‘What was Facebook’s algorithm change today, and what can we do?’ It was always an issue,” said Jessica Rotkiewicz, who worked as a news and branded content producer at LittleThings until she was laid off last April. “At the...
Comparison is the thief of…

Comparison is the thief of…

Not only is comparison is the thief of joy, but also: Relationships Intimacy Friendship Satisfaction Pleasure Creativity If you must, maintain comparison in the periphery. But you are better served to define your own strategy and blaze your own trail. Copying someone...
The Social Media Echo Chamber

The Social Media Echo Chamber

What many users of social media do not realize is they are the product being sold. More specifically, access to them (the users) is what is being sold. Advertisers will spend mounds of money for access to specific people. The more specific, the more money those...
Playing Politics In Business

Playing Politics In Business

DISCLAIMER: This post contains political topics. I am not going to debate the merits of the topics themselves; this post talks of a brand’s response to an issue. You can replace guns with any topic you wish and the argument stands. Thursday, the outdoors equipment...
I Don’t Know

I Don’t Know

Three very powerful words. Takes a lot of courage to admit that you don’t know something. In a world where we reward know it all’s, experts, and the “always right”, it is refreshing to find someone who can admit they are not Encyclopedia Brown....
Confusing Complexity with Capability

Confusing Complexity with Capability

Last week, I met with two different entrepreneurs, in two very different industries. Yet they had the same problem. Internal complexity masking as capability. Any consulting session with me generally starts with a discussion about where you are, and where you want to...
The ‘No-Win’ Mentality

The ‘No-Win’ Mentality

If recent tragedies have highlighted anything, is that we do not know how to debate or conduct meaningful dialog. A difference of opinion should be welcomed and heard out. Differing points of view provide us a force multiplier. Rather than 10+10, we should be dealing...
Cultivate a Culture of Compassion

Cultivate a Culture of Compassion

Compassion is seeing a long face and genuinely asking what’s wrong. Compassion is seeing another struggle and offering to help. Compassion is knowing the news will be bad, but asking anyway. Compassion is the essence of care and concern and being willing to help...
You’re a Media Company Now

You’re a Media Company Now

It doesn’t matter whether you sell houses, cupcakes, yoga sessions, or treadmills, you are a media company. Or, at least should be thinking you are. Let’s look at today’s consumers. Today’s consumers care about the origins of the products they...
Valentines Day for Entrepreneurs

Valentines Day for Entrepreneurs

I have long thought the made up holiday of Valentine’s Day is eye-roll worthy. A capitalistic approach to drive greeting card sales, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. A single day with such focus highlights broken relationships, places undue pressure on one...
Your Business, 2 Years From Today

Your Business, 2 Years From Today

The savvy business leader is looking at tomorrow and beyond. She is aware of the challenges today, but focused on the challenges of what is coming up. She is looking at the horizon, around the corner, seeing the unseen. I see many entrepreneurs fail to invest in their...
Encouragement. For you.

Encouragement. For you.

You matter. You have a message worth sharing. You are changing the world. You are good enough. You inspire someone. Your words resonate with readers. I talk a lot about content marketing, using social media, how vanity metrics don’t matter, how being helpful and...
Advantages of an Advisory

Advantages of an Advisory

My client watched his business grow from two locations to seven in seven years. On the surface, this isn’t a bad pace. But when we dig into the details, we see how the growth happened. It started slowly, the first two stores were in operation for about five...
Are We A Good Fit?

Are We A Good Fit?

You wouldn’t commit to marrying the first person to talk to you in a crowded bar. Nor would you buy the first car you see in your favorite color. Everyday, we evaluate, vet, and aim to select the best option for us in the moment. Except in sales. Freelancers,...
Your Strategic Toolshed

Your Strategic Toolshed

In the world of ecommerce, shovels and gloves have little in common. One is categorized in Tools while one is categorized in Fashion. When it comes to digging a hole, both can help do the job, but one is far more efficient than the other. When it comes to protecting...
Where Are You Starting?

Where Are You Starting?

Directions to New York City vary greatly depending on where you’re coming from. Not only will your route vary, but so will your mode of transportation. Without knowing the starting point, is hard to give a clear explanation of how to get to your destination. The same...
Moving My Website From One Host to Another

Moving My Website From One Host to Another

There are more than 3,500,000 Google search results for moving my website from one host to another host. For website owners and operators, this is a serious question. One that is packed with technical steps, detailed processes, and a specific order of operations...
You Want to Buy It?

You Want to Buy It?

Over and over, I hear of salespeople getting frustrated. Discouraged that they cannot hit their sales goals. Frustrated that they cannot get a new client to commit. Anxious about the lack of monthly revenue. Yet over and over, I don’t hear them asking the...
Hate Has No Place In Your Organization

Hate Has No Place In Your Organization

I hope we can all agree that hate has no place within your company. However, hate manages to be present even when we don’t realize it. Hiding in unlikely places. It hides in anomosity, resentment, hostility, antagonism, revenge, antipathy, griping, and spite. If...
2018 Is The Year of Strategy

2018 Is The Year of Strategy

Last year, the goal of my agency was to speak with 100 entrepreneurs and business owners. The industries ranged from health and fitness to specialty foods; real estate to solid waste; and wedding planning to personalized calligraphy. And two food trucks! More than 500...
Readers, What Are Your 2018 Goals?

Readers, What Are Your 2018 Goals?

It is time to soundoff. I have covered goals extensively, lately. What Will Your 2018 Story Be Writing Down Your Goals Changes How You See the Situation The 2 P’s to Consider in 2018 How to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a Freelancer How to Separate Your Work and...
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