Archives for 2015
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about someone saying or implying I can’t reach a goal that I’ve set that really activates my “will to win”. [Read more…]
Last week, I received a message from someone that gave me chills. It started with a simple declaration, “tomorrow is my last day at the firm.” While you generally feel people voluntarily leaving the firm is less than ideal, it’s part of the business world’s circle of life. When I probed more, that’s when the weight fell on my shoulders. [Read more…]
It sounds kind of ridiculous, right?
What kind of idiot would show up for a job interview with no pants?
It just so happens I know a guy. It also just so happens that this guy is me.
Much like another unfortunate incident where I accidentally ordered a veggie pizza, this story begins with me landing late in a Chicago airport.
I made a big mistake last week, one I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
It started when I jumped into a cab from the airport in Chicago. It was about 9 pm, and I had a call at 1 am with an overseas client. I was also hungry so had to make a quick decision – get food at the hotel or try to take in some of my favorite local fare before the call. [Read more…]
Smart people give terrible advice too.
Most people won’t want to admit it until they’re on the receiving end of the bad advice. Maybe because they don’t want to tarnish the image of the mentors in their lives. Or maybe because they don’t want to face the fact they’ve missed the mark on some advice they’ve given. [Read more…]
I was in Houston airport the other day on a layover on a family trip and needed to get a quick lunch before our next flight. My daughter spotted a Subway restaurant so we went there and got sandwiches. When we sat down, I saw something I don’t think I ever saw before. [Read more…]
Someone recently sent me a question asking about tips for managing finances for small business owners looking to expand. Small business owners looking to expand face the same fundamental finance problem any other business faces – how to invest in your business while making sure you have enough cash to pay your bills.
You might think that sounds obvious, but if it was so straightforward we wouldn’t have 50% of businesses failing by year 4. Businesses fail for one reason – they run out of money. Unfortunately, running out of money is a symptom of many possible problems and doesn’t necessarily indicate mismanagement of finances.
There’s a war going on out there. I’m not talking about ISIS, the axis of evil, or the Taliban. I’m talking about the war for talent – the everyday struggle businesses face trying get the best of the best to come work for them.
It makes sense that Netflix – a disruptor in their industry – makes unprecedented moves to win talent. Last week, Netflix announced a new maternity and paternity leave policy that’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. [Read more…]
Go right or go left. Just make a decision. There will be consequences either way. The important thing is that you make a call and we’ll adjust from there.
That was the advice one of the partners at the firm shared with me that I wanted to pass on to you today and remind you that people who take action are those who get rewarded.