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True Productivity Innovation will Ignite Your Team

This is neither the time nor the place for simple hacks; we need thinking that is more potent. While I do value the various listicles out there that remind you to eat a good breakfast in the morning, exercise and shut down your emails for extended stretches during the day, it’s time to take it … Continue reading

This Checklist will help you Free up Work Time

Raise your hand if you feel you have too much time on your hands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :::::::crickets chirping ::::::::::: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Didn’t think so. … Continue reading

The Best Marketing Funnel is Also a Vacuum

Wait, what?? Are you speaking in code? Well sort of…to the extent the funnel itself is code. Let me first come clean. I love a great debate and can challenge half the stuff I read out there. But every once in awhile something succinct and powerful disables my defenses like a form of verbal kryptonite. … Continue reading

Failing Startups: Will Angel Investors Retreat?

The evolution of the startup ecosystem is a joy to watch. Barely a decade ago each new company and fledgling founder was learning almost independently, perhaps with some input from experienced business minds drawn from an existing network. Fast forward and we can today survey an impressive global startup universe, comprised of a number of … Continue reading

The First 3 Things I Want to Know About a Founder

Entrepreneurs are just the best. Most are some combination of industrious, visionary, compelling, well-intended and heck just fun to talk to. It has been a rare occurrence for me to connect with one even through random networking where it has been a regrettable experience. I tend to like almost everyone I encounter while I routinely … Continue reading

I Want to Shake Up the Advice / Content Market

(….while I simultaneously avoid claiming I want to Uber it. Because….just no.) And for now, I’m talking about advice on how to develop our careers and be happier and more productive on the job….which, in turn, makes for a happier life. What’s broken – or at least a little bent – about the content-as-advice market … Continue reading

This Looming Societal Shift Will Change how we Work, Live

Must give a shout out to a poster on Medium for unlocking a post I have been sitting on for maybe a few months now. Didn’t like the flow so I put it aside for another day. Then today, this guy publishes a thoughtful post about sleep deprivation, and why is this such a badge … Continue reading

These Perceptions of Marketing can Sink an Entrepreneur

Without a doubt, those outside of the profession have a wide range of ideas about what marketers do. Heck, the inspiration for my blog came from my corporate work leading MBA recruitment; the #1 question I got from the all the career switchers on campus visits was some form of so…what exactly *do* y’all (I … Continue reading

5 Truths About Business Relationships for Networking Platforms

As I have been recently cruising through the startup space of social and business networking, I, like anyone, will pause to examine LinkedIn – the business model, the challenges, the opportunities. It’s a great case study. LinkedIn was one of the first of its kind and definitely the first in its category to achieve the … Continue reading

Build Brand Partnerships Efficiently

Throughout my marketing career I have either led, supported or observed attempts to create worthwhile brand partnerships and sponsorships. Not surprisingly, much of the dealmaking focus ends up being on gives and gets….and particularly the gets! After all, you pursue these agreements to help illuminate your brand and give legs to your marketing campaigns. If … Continue reading