What does freedom mean to business people?

When you ask business owners why they started their company, you frequently hear these words: Freedom and opportunity. Opportunity tends to have a narrow definition. Someone sees potential in a market and goes after it. Opportunity may also mean the ability to make more than they could make at a job. Freedom’s meaning seems to […]

Your town can fuel the rise of two pizza teams

Last time, I noted that Amazon received no HQ2 (second Amazon global headquarters location) proposals from communities in a number of rural states. At the time, I noted that the decision to pass on that opportunity was a well-considered choice. More importantly, I asked the following question: What would the impact be if your community had […]

Learned on 9/11

I stepped out of the shower at my parents’ house just moments after the first plane hit. TV news was claiming it was accident, suggesting that a small plane had wandered off course. It seemed unlikely that a pilot would wander that much off course during daylight hours, particularly that close to two very busy […]

Nothing happens till you sell something

For two weeks now, I’ve been encouraging about to become newly unemployed CFalls folks to rise up, figure out the value they can deliver and start their own business. Now it’s time to sell something. This might be the part you’ve been dreading. Sorry, but you need to get over it. Selling the right product […]

New project idea? Do this first

A new project idea is always exciting. You think you have a great idea that’s going to take off in your market like gangbusters and you can’t wait to get started. In fact, the gravitational pull of this new bright, shiny object might be so compelling, you might discard all encounters with reality and start […]

Micromanagement… is there a cure?

What is micromanagement? I suspect everyone who experiences it has their own definition. Wikipedia describes it as “micromanagement is a management style whereby a manager closely observes or controls the work of subordinates or employees. Micromanagement generally has a negative connotation.” “Closely observes or controls” could be good or bad, depending on the context. It’s […]

Complete the important work

What are you not getting done? Why aren’t you getting those things done? Does important work often go undone? If so, is that work truly important? Delegation Why aren’t you getting those things done? Is it because of other things that keep you “busy”? Are you busy because you aren’t delegating enough? Are you unable […]

Key person: Scalia and you

The loss of a key person, such as the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is a critical moment in any organization. His passing sharply increased the temperature of an already highly-charged Presidential election season. It was already forecast that the next President will likely have to opportunity to make at least two and probably […]

Why do startups fight city hall?

This past weekend, I had a brief discussion about Uber, France, tech startups and the need to “fight city hall”. It all started after I posted a story about an upcoming Paris taxi strike, which is designed to send a warning message to the French government and French people from a highly entrenched monopoly. The message […]

Lessons from working at home

Geoffrey James put together a good list of 10 lessons learned from his 10 years of working from home. I’ve worked at home (and in my kayak, as shown above) since 1999 so I thought I’d chime in on the topics in his list. 1) Solitude: Solitude can be addicting, but like all good things, […]