Focused on the holiday, now or the future?

It’s that time of year when business owners are pulled in many directions. The end of the calendar year has a way of doing that. Some of us are focused on the year we’ve had, some on this month’s performance (which could make or break the year), and some on the future. While all of those […]

Startups, Apollo and head bobbing

photo credit: jurvetson This piece by Paul Graham talks about a survey of startup founders, but it reminds me very much of my software company days. Too much, perhaps. It may not describe the business you’re in – since it’s mostly talking about software businesses – but the attitude, expectations, “reason why” and much more […]

“What value are we going to provide customers that no one else does?”

Today’s guest post is a story about Honda that comes from MSN reporter Lawrence Ulrich. The source of that quote that I’ve used as title of the post? It’s a quote from Dan Bonawitz, Hondaâ??s vice-president of corporate planning. When short-sighted Honda store owners clamored for a 8 cylinder pickup, Honda corporate responded with that […]

Doing one thing really well

Anyone who has ever driven or owned a Honda vehicle knows one thing that is consistent about them. They make a tight, efficient vehicle that lasts a long time, and costs little to drive day to day. They started doing this when gas was under $1.00 a gallon, long before it was fashionable, much less […]

Fuel cost thoughts for small business owners

To the consternation of many, I’ve quietly noted for several years that the rise in fuel costs would also have some positive impacts on us and on our society – in addition to the obvious negative ones. It’s not a liberal or conservative issue, it’s a pragmatic one. Among other things, higher fuel costs will… […]