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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 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...
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...
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....
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Work Worth Doing

Work Worth Doing

Passion and good intent are funny things. When we get an idea for something, we pursue it with great fervor. We think of the grandness of our vision and how it will change the lives of those around us and those who use it. We think about our future with this new idea...
Your Natural Abilities

Your Natural Abilities

We are not all natural creatives. Nor are we all naturally leaders. Likewise, we are not all skilled with our hands. We are not all plumbers, or teachers, or communicators, or visionaries. But we all have natural abilities. In business, your greatest chance of success...
The Two Ps to Consider in 2018

The Two Ps to Consider in 2018

The start of a new year serves as a blank slate, a chance to change, and the excitement of new opportunities. Right now, consider how 2018 will represent positive change in your organization. What will be different from last year? Answer these two Ps: 1. What needs to...
Books I Read in 2017

Books I Read in 2017

As a child, I devoured reading material. My mom toted me to the library at least twice a week for the quota of age-appropriate books. I excelled at reading speed and comprehension. Between books, I would read the daily newspaper while I ate breakfast. I read. A lot....
How to Talk to People

How to Talk to People

Step 1: Don’t talk to people. Don’t talk at people, either. When we talk to or at people, it presumes we will be doing the talking. Instead, talk with them. Listen to them. This is especially important in difficult conversations. Instead of trying to win the argument,...
What Will Your 2018 Story Be?

What Will Your 2018 Story Be?

This time of year, many services recap your year with them. My Bible app shows how many days I read the daily devotional (only missed 9), MapMyRun shows how many miles I’ve run, and Pocket tells me that I consumed more than 10 books worth of content in their app in...

Trust Deposits

Trust is the currency upon all relationships are built. It is made up of tiny deposits that span a lifetime, but can bankrupt in an instant of poor judgement. As leaders, it is important that we start with trust. We must know the ramifications of our actions –...
What Are Your Breakpoints?

What Are Your Breakpoints?

This morning, Seth Godin shared about breakpoints in sidewalks. He wrote: A neighbor recently put in some new sidewalk. As usual, the workman interrupted the unbroken swath of perfect concrete with lines every three feet. What are the lines for? Well, the ground...

Trading Urgent for Important: Husbands

Timely share by my friends at Fierce Marriage following my post this morning. Husbands, it is critically important that we prioritize our most valuable resource: our time. As men, it's so tempting to chase career goals before family goals. Society applauds...
Must Be Present To Win

Must Be Present To Win

To be relevant in today’s economy, you have to be where your customers expect you to be. No longer is it enough to “be” on social media, to have an ecommerce store, or have a blog … You must have the means in place for your customer to meet you...
What if Giving Thanks Included More Giving

What if Giving Thanks Included More Giving

In this season of giving thanks for our many blessings, what if we consider increasing our emphasis on “giving”? Consider what you have to give to each of the following: Your customers Your employees Your visitors Your favorite charity Your family Your...
Your Superpower

Your Superpower

How many people on this planet can say they have done all the things you have done? How many others have faced the same trials and sorrows? How many can boast of having the same emotions, reactions, viewpoints, bias, suspicions, opinions, hypothesis, and feelings? You...

So, What Is It You Do?

I’m not sure if my grandma could articulate what I do, exactly. And I know my folks have a good idea, but, in general, it’s a bit of a mystery to those around me. They know I do “internet stuff” and help companies, but that’s about it....

9 Ways to Be More Productive Today

Are consumers getting a good deal or a bad deal? That was the question posed in an article I read earlier today. I found the article interesting until the very last point, where the author said that a “lack of time and mental bandwidth” basically excused...
What Is Your Story

What Is Your Story

Every business has a story; a unique tale of how you achieved what you achieved. A compelling story of why you focus on the particular subsection of the market. The reason you get up each morning and what motivates you. The key is to perfect the telling of the story;...
If Everything Is Expedited, Nothing Is

If Everything Is Expedited, Nothing Is

Overheard: “Our rep just told me that we have over 2000 expedited cases right now … ” In the mad rush to close sales opportunities, and hit the aggressive year-end goals, salespeople are promising to “expedite” the sale to slip in before...
The Definition of Success

The Definition of Success

Some extremely worthy causes (saving the environment, world peace, or efficient public healthcare for example) will never succeed; simply because the definition of their success is undefined. Some extremely worthy causes will never succeed; simply because the...
Strive To Be Better Than Average

Strive To Be Better Than Average

You will not get ahead at work by simply showing up. In your career, client pitch, consultation, or calendar; you must outperform the competition and those around you. Be better than average and let your results speak for themselves. — About the Daily Marketing...
How To Be Intentional With Your Time

How To Be Intentional With Your Time

I believe time is our most valuable asset. I feel fortunate to have realized this at such a young age. It seems that each day brings on new challenges, demands, and pressures that divert our attention from the things that really matter, like family, friends, and...
The Invisible Gorilla

The Invisible Gorilla

If we are paying very close attention to one thing, we often fail to notice other — even very obvious things — in our field of vision. Research physiologists, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, explain this phenomenon as “unintentional...
Sincere and Sincerely Wrong

Sincere and Sincerely Wrong

The world is flat Bulls hate the color red Goldfish have a 3-second memory The sun revolves around the Earth Each of us views the world through a unique lens. Our perspective is made of a culmination of our experiences, likes, dislikes, habits, biases, pleasures and...
The Last Chapter

The Last Chapter

Today marks the beginning of the final chapter of 2014. What legacy did you envision? What goal or challenge did you accept 11 months ago? Today, I challenge you to look back on the home runs of 2014 — the big wins. Where did you and your team crush it?...
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

With the omnipresence of smart phones, social media, tablets, and computers, it is easy to get wrapped up into the electronic world and miss things going on around us. This Thanksgiving, spend time focused on the real life emotions, events, and relationships…...
Write First For Humans

Write First For Humans

When thinking of SEO (search engine optimization) on your website, speak to the human readers about topics and ideas. Don’t get bogged down with specific keywords. Conceptual websites will always outlast and out-perform sites dedicated to a specific keyword....
The Job Only You Can Do

The Job Only You Can Do

Seth Godin talks about doing the job only you can do. I could not have said it better myself. One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive (“I could do that job for free“) and starts thinking...
Are You Marketing to a Prospect or a Person

Are You Marketing to a Prospect or a Person

When we design any marketing campaign, it is easy to de-humanize the prospect. Consider the person to whom you are marketing. Better yet, consider the person you are marketing for. Don’t fall into the trap of marketing to prospects; intentionally personalize your...

Are You An Authority

Heard on the news report: “Authorities recommend …” Almost without question, we follow the directions given to us by “authorities”: Authorities recommend residents continue to boil water … Authorities recommend drivers call 911...

Are You Running a Sprint or a Marathon

Wedding pins are one of the most popular categories on Pinterest. With so much planning going into the big day, it is easy to forget about Day 2 – the day after the wedding. And the 18,250 days after. When it comes to your marketing strategy, are you preparing...

This Point is Super Simple

Remember, it is the little things that count. When speaking with a sales prospect, a colleague, a customer, or an advisor, this point will always be inherently important — and for this reason it cannot be overlooked. — About the Daily Marketing Minute The...

Measure, Adapt, Repeat

Pop Quiz: do you know how effective your marketing is? With access to tools that provide granular statistics, no marketing department should ever wonder the reach, impact, and influence of their efforts. A few key points to measure: How many visitors are coming to...

Unsatisfied is Lazy

Services like Netflix and Amazon offer so much streaming content, they’ve changed everything about how we pick what to watch. It’s smart to click through videos until you find something you’ll love, and it feels inexcusable to spend time and money on anything you...

Hello, My Name Is…

To introduce yourself to an individual of perceived power, work to quickly show interest in his wellbeing. The first step is to show you care. Don’t sell yourself, give of yourself. — About the Daily Marketing Minute The Daily Marketing Minute is my...
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