Cover Me

Nothing suggests excitement or suspense quite like someone saying, “Cover me.” When you hear this, you know something big is about to happen. In movies it might be a safety […]

Falling In Love

What is it about small business owners that causes so many of us to fall in love with the people we hire? I don’t mean this in the romantic sense; […]

20th Anniversary Issue, Part II

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, Part II One of the main reasons small businesses stop growing is because the owner himself stops growing. In the past I have referred to […]

20th Anniversary Issue, Part I

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, Part 1 At some point in our lives, I would expect all of us have been exposed to the story of Peter Pan, either through […]

Fired Up

If you follow the logic of a business colleague and friend of mine, Mark, the unfavorable connotation so many of us attribute to getting fired is overrated. Mark is the […]

The Cherry On Top

Who doesn’t like an old-fashioned ice cream sundae? They’re guaranteed to brighten the day of any child and to bring out the child in any adult—especially those, unlike this author, […]

Keeping it Real

Most of us listen to podcasts or read blogs sent to us by people whose opinions we respect. One blog I read is by a New York University professor named […]

$400 Decision

At a recent program, one of my colleagues, Chris McQueen, and I were trying to convey the concept of executive growth by measuring the dollar value of the decisions that […]

Grocery Store Test

I was once asked by a business journal in Phoenix to comment on what I felt was a core competency of a company I had been working with for some time and that the journal […]


Starting the new year by writing about strategic planning is a pretty sure way to lose your audience of readers. After all, strategic planning is usually associated with boring discussions […]