• Robert the Boy

Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Source: www.robertishere.com I am a sucker for entrepreneurial stories, especially ones with interesting seeds. By “seeds” I mean how they got started. Here are three stories with seeds from childhood, immigration, and an inspirational mom. Robert is Here. My colleague, Susannah, passed along a story about a terrific farm stand in Homestead, Florida called Robert is Here. This successful business, known for its key lime milkshakes, got started in the 1950’s when a young man named Robert sat beside the road selling his father’s cucumbers. Since six-year old Robert had to go to school, the cucumbers were sold [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Business, Entrepreneurship / Innovation|0 Comments
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What is Holding You Back?

Three things happen every January. First, the foot traffic in my health club increases immensely. Second, everywhere I turn I see articles about how you can better achieve your New Year’s resolutions. And, third, by the end of the month the health club foot traffic returns to normal. All of us have important changes we should make personally and at work, but we struggle. I guess this is just part of being human. One thoughtful writer I enjoy is James Clear. A few weeks ago he wrote an article called The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|Goals / Objectives, Planning|1 Comment
  • 4 Disciplines

Don’t Leave Execution Up to Chance

There are times when our chance encounters have interesting outcomes. Last October when Patti and I were in Denver we had coffee with one of her high school friends, Cindy, at Starbucks. At the table next to us was a woman working on her laptop. Sitting on the edge of her table was a book. The book was upside down to me. Being the book nerd I am I kept sneaking a peek at it, trying to see the name and title. I finally figured-out the title, but I wanted to know more. As we were leaving I asked the [...]

By |January 14th, 2016|Change Leadership, Leadership|0 Comments
  • Anger

New Year’s Resolution – Manage Your Emotions

Are you having trouble coming-up with a New Year’s Resolution? One idea is to work on improving how you manage your emotions. Why? Because as a leader your emotions matter – they impact everyone around you. I think it is healthy for each of us to look at both a situation that went well and one that did not and how our emotions contributed to the outcome. John Maxwell, in his book Developing the Leader Within You, writes about this sign he saw in an office, “If you could kick the person responsible for most of your troubles, you wouldn’t [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|Leadership, Leadership Lessons|0 Comments
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Wright Flight at Christmastime

Last week my colleague, Ryan, and I were sitting on a Southwest plane at the gate waiting to return from Baltimore. Nothing was happening. Then the pilot came over the speaker and said there would be a delay at the gate because the plane was overweight and we would have to wait for fuel to be off-loaded. I thought, “Better to know this now then during take-off.” So as I was about to go back to my book I turned to the fellow next to me, smiled, and said, “I guess I should not have eaten before we boarded!” He [...]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Business, Entrepreneurship / Innovation|0 Comments
  • Wonderful Life

Rout the Doubts from Loss Fatigue

I can see it in his eyes. I can hear it in her voice. I know when a business or non-profit team loses money it can be very stressful for the people responsible. And when these losses occur for several months in a row, senior leaders need to not only study why the losses are occurring, but also watch for what I call loss fatigue – that state of weariness within a responsible manager created by ever-increasing doubts. If you have seen It’s a Wonderful Life you know George Bailey had serious doubts about his ability to run a profitable [...]

By |December 6th, 2015|Credibility & Inspiration|0 Comments
  • Grandmother

Funny What Grandma Might Be Thinking This Thanksgiving

Make no mistake about it, many of our grandmothers are or were the leaders of our families. I thought you and your family could use a good laugh this Thanksgiving, although I admit I have a twisted sense of humor sometimes. I am sorry I cannot acknowledge the anonymous author of this piece, but perhaps sharing this with you is thanks enough. I wonder if your mother or grandmothers have or had these exact thoughts, but kept them to herself? Dear Family, I'm not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me. If being in my Last Will and Testament is [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Women Leaders|1 Comment
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The Business of Being Wimpy

Sometimes in life you end-up living a different dream than the one you expected. That was one of the cool messages I learned from studying Jeff Kinney. More about Kinney in a moment. Patti and I are lucky to have two cool grand-nephews that we are close to. For the holidays every year we buy them books and we enjoy shopping for them and reading the books. (I’m sure they are now getting to the age where they are thinking, “Oh boy, another book.”) One of the books we discovered was Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. As [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Business, Entrepreneurship / Innovation|4 Comments
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Trump is Running for His Brand, Not for President

I usually stay out of commenting on politics. But since Donald Trump is really a businessman, who happens to be running for President, I cannot resist writing my opinion. I think Trump is using the media and his followers to advance his brand name and is not running out of respect for America. Unlike this political sign here in Exeter, when he says something controversial his brand is not damaged, it is strengthened. News channels like CNN and BBC broadcast his image internationally, free of charge. Many people agree with him and some buy or lease units in his properties. And [...]

By |November 12th, 2015|Business, General|1 Comment
  • Kids playing soccer

Zappos – Could it be the Wrong Thing for the Right Reason?

Have you experienced this with youth sports? You cluster a bunch of five-year olds together into their first soccer program. You try to teach them the basics. You go to the first “game” against another team of five-year olds. The parents and coaches tell the kids, “We are not keeping score, just go out and have fun.” The game ends and some kids are sad and some are happy. And the happy kids are jumping around saying, “We beat them 10 to 5.” No matter what well-intended rules the parents put in place, the kids know the score. It is [...]

By |November 3rd, 2015|Change Leadership|1 Comment