If your training program had only done it’s job. You may not be a Marine, but as an entrepreneur you must spend time training your team. I am not taking about just the mandatory stuff, (safety, harassment, etc). You must train them how to do their job well and how to win. When I began my company, I ‘assumed’ people knew what they were doing. It usually went something like this; I give them a… READ MORE
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, By Adam Grant is the latest addition to my book collection. I just started reading but already know that I would recommend it. Grant writes: “…Ultimately, the people who choose to champion originality are the ones who propel us forward. After spending years studying them and interacting with them, I am struck that their inner experiences are not any different from our own. they feel the same fear, the same… READ MORE
“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.” — Les Brown Learn… READ MORE
Business books are one of my favorite learning tools. I am not the first to say it but… learning must never end. I try to read 2-3 business books per month. From an ROI standpoint (yes, I am big on ROI), books are one of the best investments you can make with your money and your time. For $20 bucks or so, you can read about and learn from some very smart successful people. Information and… READ MORE
It’s risky business working for someone else. It fascinates and confuses me when people say that I am a risk taker or it’s ‘risky to be an entrepreneur. I never understood that way of thinking. One of my greatest life influences happened when I was a teenager. My father was an engineer and worked at a the same company, a major defense contractor, for 25+ years. By all accounts, he had a very successful career…. READ MORE
College ROI … for parents and high school students. I am proud to be a ‘state school kid’. Two years at a community college then two more at UMASS, Amherst. I got my bachelor of science and saved my parents a lot of money. From a pure college ROI standpoint, I would say it was a home run. I wish more people would stop getting themselves into what I call, ‘crazy debt’ for an undergraduate… READ MORE
In business (and in life), it is dangerous to ignore any small problems. Every aspect of your business will suffer if you allow internal issues and problems to continue to grow unchecked. They will not fix themselves. A good leader will confront problems as soon as they recognize them. Work hard to find positive solutions by listening to people then act. Don’t run away from small fires or they may turn into raging infernos.