How To Survive Meetings

I’m swamped with work. My to-do list is out of control and I’m so far from inbox zero that I have given up. I look at my calendar and realize the weekly staff meeting is in 10 minutes so I grab a pad of paper and head to the conference room. Surely this won’t take an hour even though that is how long it is scheduled to last. OK, here comes the boss (late as usual). Let’s get going so we can get out of here. Wait, where is the agenda? I hope this doesn’t mean…”Let’s go around and everyone give an update on that they are working on”. Oh Shit here it comes.

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To be clear, I hate meetings. Unfortunately in my job I have to go to a lot of meetings. One-on-one meetings, group meetings, phone meetings, online meetings, whatever the meeting type I’ve been there. You might be thinking that meetings aren’t all that bad, sorry you are wrong. My perception of hell is a never ending meeting with the attendees updating everyone on their projects or what they did over the weekend, both suck. Read More

It’s My Birthday, I’ll Take It Shaken Not Stirred

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“Three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.”

~ James Bond, Casino Royale

Yes, today is my birthday. As much as I don’t like getting older it is better than the alternative. I haven’t been this excited for a birthday in awhile. There is nothing special going on, it’s a Thursday after all. What excites me is that last year is over. Yeah, last year pretty much sucked but I survived.

This year will be better. There are a number of opportunities ahead and this has me re-energized. I’ve reset the blog. I’ve replaced my hip and can move without pain. My wife and kids are healthy and there is a new Bond movie coming out in November. Optimism abounds.

James Bond: “In your defense, a moving target is harder to hit.”

Moneypenny: “Then you better keep moving.”

~ Skyfall

Good advice, let’s keep moving!

Three Areas To Watch Out For As Your Company Begins To Grow

Start upYou launched your business. You have built out the product, you are getting favorable reaction from your early market entry, you even got some early financing. Things are going great. This entrepreneurship thing is a piece of cake, right?

WARNING ~ Celebrate early success but don’t take your foot off the gas. 

There is a life cycle to business growth and even if things are working at the beginning there are a lot of different issues you will have to deal with in the future that can derail your business. I have been working with businesses for over 20 year and I know those entrepreneurs that are committed, passionate and driving forward succeed long term.

Here are a few things to watch out for early on… Read More