How To Fly Your Business

As a student pilot I was taught a fundamental order of flight operations: Aviate – Fly the damn thing! No matter what is going on, staying in control, in the air comes first. Navigate – Know where you’re going, adjust the controls to get to that destination. Communicate – State your position and your intentions…

Advice for College Students

Campuses will soon be swarming as the pursuit of college education resumes. Having had the opportunity to interview dozens of graduates recently, I’ve observed patterns in those who’ve exited college with more than a piece of paper. The following is a collection of advice gleaned from those observations:   1. Use your status as a…

They Saw It Coming

Have you ever delivered the punchline to a joke and received no laughter? Have you ever made a presentation to an unamused audience? Have you ever delivered an experience at your business that got zero reviews? They saw it coming. Expected punchlines, boring slideshows, and average customer services will never move the needle! Master comedians,…

The You Show

  Three wise friends. Three golden nuggets. Three weeks. These were things I definitely needed to hear, and I’m wondering if they might do you some good too.   It’s okay to be critical of yourself – If you’re not at least once in a while, you’re probably a sociopath. Abandon the cares of the…

Tom, Henry, Steve and You

Independence Day   Pissed off. Inflamed by the belief there was a better way. Unmotivated by the odds against them. Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs had this in common. I believe that you and I have it in common with them too. The business of becoming an independent country is not unlike the…

What is Your Winter?

What is Your Winter?   For me, it was watching my hero almost lose everything he had worked for. His winter was the American economy in 2009. I had a front row seat for the whole battle. The kind of front row where the slap of every blow echoed in my chest and the heat…

How To Have More Bliss

Who is the most blissful person you know? Think about them for a moment and ponder on why that is so.   What do they spend their time focusing on? What do they spend their time not focusing on?   A complete stranger taught me a lesson this week. He wasrelaxed, reading a fiction book.…