Book Review: Make The Noise Go Away

“Make The Noise Go Away” written by Larry Linne & Ken Koller Owning and operating a small business in the United States is a dream come true for many business founders. So why are so many of them unhappy? It’s the “noise” according to co-authors Larry Linne and Ken Koller in their book “Make The Noise Go Away”. The noise in business consists of all of the issues that get in the way of growing Read more about Book Review: Make The Noise Go Away[…]

Five Scariest Moments for a Small Business CEO

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I can remember as a kid dressing up in a costume and trying my hardest to scare people as we walked our neighborhood gathering treats. It was fun to frighten others and also to feel frightened from time-to-time as we encountered scary looking creatures along the way. As a small business owner I have had more than my share of scary moments. Our Read more about Five Scariest Moments for a Small Business CEO[…]

Eliminate Employee Schedules

It’s Time to Eliminate Employee Schedules

Here are two conversations that I have had recently. The first was with my youngest son, Carter, earlier in the summer. “Dad, I love my new job.” “That’s great Carter. What are you doing?” “The job is with a financial services company, and I have an administrative project that I am working on. My job is to work my way through a room full of loan packages, keeping some documents and throwing away others.” “Why Read more about It’s Time to Eliminate Employee Schedules[…]

Book Review: Art of Gathering

Book Review: The Art of Gathering

Have you ever attended a bad meeting? Of course, you have. We all have. Maybe too many. As a meeting facilitator; I work hard to plan, host, and then evaluate meeting events. Most of my learning on this work has been experiential. Trial by fire. There are very few books written on how to facilitate a great meeting. Now there is at least one. “The Art of Gathering” is a great book on hosting any Read more about Book Review: The Art of Gathering[…]

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20 Wishes for my 60th Birthday

I remember as a kid whenever my birthday rolled around family members would ask, “What do you want for your birthday?” I always had a long list. This past week I turned 60. No one asked what I wanted for my birthday. I believe they were all too busy commiserating me for surviving into the sixth decade. Hence I have put together my own birthday list. Twenty wishes, in fact. I would be happy to Read more about 20 Wishes for my 60th Birthday[…]

Microtrends Squared

Book Review: Microtrends Squared

“Microtrends Squared” by Mark Penn One of the toughest jobs for the small business owner is to look forward and try to determine what the future looks like. What are the trends that will impact my business, my customers, and my industry? Ten years ago, futurist Mark Penn wrote his first book, “Microtrends”, that highlighted dozens of counterintuitive trends that were just beginning to have an impact on all aspects of our lives. Many of Read more about Book Review: Microtrends Squared[…]

Should You Fire Your Cheerleader

Should You Fire Your Cheerleader?

It depends. A year ago I wrote an article about Terrorists. You may recall that according to the Welch Grid, a terrorist employee gives you above average job performance and below average employee behavior. The question then was whether they should be fired. The easy answer was “of course”. The reality is it’s typically a very tough decision and even more difficult to execute. The decision on a “cheerleader” is more interesting. The “cheerleader” employee Read more about Should You Fire Your Cheerleader?[…]

Thanks Mom!

Mother’s Day was this month and I can’t help but think of my mom, Dorothy Fulton. She lived a glorious 92 years before passing away last spring. Besides all of her amazing maternal qualities, it has occurred to me lately that she also knew a thing or two about small business. Maybe her entrepreneurial mindset came from being the daughter of a small town family doctor in Upper Michigan who delivered every baby in town. Read more about Thanks Mom![…]

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Book Review: When

“When” written by Daniel Pink I’ve been really lucky my whole life. It just seems that I have always been in the right place at the right time. Great timing? Luck? Best-selling author Daniel Pink’s latest book “When”  looks at the “science” of timing. Pink pulls together an enormous amount of research from psychology, biology, neuroscience, and economics to help the reader understand how to make the best use of timing. Here are just a Read more about Book Review: When[…]

Embrace Your Enemies

Embrace Your Enemies

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” President Abe Lincoln said this in response to an elderly lady who had chastised him for not calling Southerners, who he had referred to as fellow human beings who were in error, irreconcilable enemies who must be destroyed. I have always been highly competitive. Growing up playing a variety of sports, I loved to win. Starting with little league baseball all the way Read more about Embrace Your Enemies[…]