Does your job suck? Is it boring? Is it creating value?

photo credit: riot jane First, I’ll ask from an employee perspective. If you’re the employee, I hope your answers are No, No and Yes, respectively. If they aren’t, exactly how long do you have before someone figures out that your job can go away? What can you do about it before someone does something about […]

Let young uns just step up and solve it

photo credit: TheTruthAbout… Today’s guest post is from Father Jay Toborowsky way over in New Jersey (yo, that’s pronounced Joisey), who tells us a story about a young lady seeing a problem, stepping up and just getting it solved, vs. pushing it up the food chain and possibly creating a micromanagement or bureaucracy driven environment […]

The Cure for “The Culture of Cant”

[audio:] It’s not unusual for small business owners to be involved in community organizations, so in that spirit I have something a little different from our every day discussion here – yet still completely applicable to your business – no matter what that business does. Rather than Friday’s normal Hotseat Radio show, today I had […]

Bad business is just dumb, even in the “worst of times”

photo credit: TheTruthAbout… There’s a REASON why Best Buy is staying open and Circuit City is not. And it has nothing to do with the economy. Today’s guest post from CNET’s Don Reisinger says it as plain as day. Just plain dumb.

Eighty percent of success is NOT just showing up

Years back, Woody Allen supposedly said “80% of success in life is just showing up”.  I wonder how many people truly understood what he meant. I suspect there are some who assume that simply by falling out of bed in the morning, they are 80% of the way to success. I don’t think that’s what Woody […]

Why Gary Vaynerchuk watches and listens. What about you?

Today’s guest post comes from WineLibraryTV’s Gary Vaynerchuk, the gregarious crown prince of online wine merchants. Today, Gary talks about what he does with feedback – of all kinds – both the kind he agrees with, and the kind he doesn’t – and why both have their place. How do you handle public criticism like […]

Passion or productivity – Which can you handle?

photo credit: Nihit Goyal Today’s guest post comes from David Armano, who provokes the manager in you by asking if you can handle the truth.  No, wait. That was a movie.. David’s question is more challenging. Can you handle a passionate employee? Do they even belong at your business – even though you probably think […]

How to provoke a sea change

Seldom do I ask you to read extensive articles about large corporations. Usually, those corporations are the ones giving me blog post seedlings through their often inane behavior.  Today is no different, but the behavior is. Our guest post today comes from Wired Magazine, which talks about the impact of Ray Ozzie and his vision […]

How to be a business burnout. Or not.

photo credit: charles chan * Just the other day, I was talking with a client about the long term future of their business, and after being quizzed a bit, reflecting with them on what provoked me to sell my software biz several years ago. This client has a small business people-wise, but its quite successful. […]