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Should You Fire Yourself?

Oh, I loved the movie, The Intern.  Predictable, yes.  Still...funny and heartwarming.  Best of all, Anne Hathaway's character discovers... Wait!  I don't want to spoil it for you.  However, the story did inspire me to ask you this question: "Should you fire yourself?" In his iconic book, Good to Great, Jim Collins asserts that the [...]

Duck Dynasty v. Kardashians – TV’s Family Businesses Square Off

Family businesses are the back-bone of small businesses in the United States.   They comprise 80 to 90 percent of all businesses, and they face many heartbreaking issues, like divorce, succession planning, turf battles, and “why can’t you be more like your brother?” arguments. Chances are you are involved in a family business…or work for one. [...]

3 Business Lessons Served on CNBC’s Crowd Rules

I love watching TV! I steer clear of bad TV. However, there is solid programming out there. And there is great free advice if you are building a business.  I love Restaurant Impossible and Tabatha's Salon Takeover.  (BTW, I am at the ready to host an Extreme Makeover - Service Business Edition show!) I love it [...]

7 Sports Philosophies Every Business Should Implement

I love sports.  I especially love the big games – the playoffs and the championship events.  How ‘bout them Redbirds!  The Yankees pulled it off after a season of dead heat with the Orioles.  More good games to come!  And, I love the “more to the story” details the sportscasters share.  I love hearing that [...]

Pin It to Win It

Have you been to Pinterest? If so, odds are you spent a lot of time there, compulsively looking at just-one-more page of beautiful images. If not, ask a few people in your life about Pinterest. You’ll get some animated responses, particularly from women, as they talk about their boards and pins and exactly how they [...]

What Do Romney and Obama Have in Common?

“Dare to risk public criticism.” ~ Mary Kay Ash If you want to change the government, become a community organizer.  Run for office.  Solicit money and votes.  I have to hand it to anyone who will file the form, attend the meeting and throw his or her hat in the political ring.  Whatever you think [...]

Let The Games Begin…

The Hunger Game’s ravenous fans are flocking to theaters this week.  The story has been told before (1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Running Man, The Giver among many others) and the appeal is timeless.  The question – is mindless entertainment a substitute for human connection? – is worth asking. The Games are distracting.  That’s the point.  [...]

Empty Thy Purse Into Thy Head

You know I’m a big reader.  I love books of all shapes, lengths and genres.  However, I am too old to tolerate a bad book.  I’ve no time for it.  So, let me save you some time.  Here are a few sure-fire business book recommendations guaranteed to make you wiser, richer and better looking.   Well, [...]

I’m Looking For a Struggling Family Business…

This may be an opportunity for you.  This is a casting call for family-owned business owners who are in need of a turnaround.  Here’s the scoop… Family members in the business must be 18 years old or older. Your business needs a storefront…not an in-home office. No bars or restaurants.  Interested in service businesses, home [...]