Your Website isn’t a Ronco®

Your Website isn’t a Ronco®

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Ron Popeil coined the phrase, "Just set it and forget it." It was a very memorable line in reference to his counter-top cooking appliances and helped Ronco sell millions of units over the years. While great for getting that whole chicken...

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What a Year Signifies

What a Year Signifies

There's something special about anniversaries. The way they remind us of specific times in the past and give us a chance to reflect on what's happened since then. Today marks one such anniversary for this company - one year of full-time effort. It's fitting that today...

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Healthy Organizations are Hard to Create and Sustain

Healthy Organizations are Hard to Create and Sustain

In a much anticipated (for me anyway) webinar from Harvard Business Review, author and consultant Patrick Lencioni talked about some principles from his new book - The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. During the one-hour...

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Don’t Ignore the Quiet Voice

Don’t Ignore the Quiet Voice

I was reading Liam Campbell’s post on advice to a programmer looking to get more into design and the question was whether becoming a “designer” was something that one was born with (and therefore hopeless for the developer) or something that can be learned. Mr....

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Evolution

Evolution

Being forced to take your side business full time forces one to change…to evolve. All of a sudden, the burden to simply survive is based directly on your actions. To some degree, that’s true as an employee; however, there seems to be a safety net that is directly...

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WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY
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WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Facts

FACTS THOROUGHNESS REQUIRED Be careful when trying to establish a fact from a lack of evidence. From a book I'm listening to:"Unless the inquiry has been so exhaustive to explore every possibility, the lack of...

WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Determination

DETERMINATION DON'T EVER STOP Determination is an attitude that pushes us forward and pulls us along until success is achieved. It is an exercise of will born from a lack of foreseeable alternative options and that...

WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Over-confidence

OVER-CONFIDENCE OVER-CONFIDENCE CAN LEAD TO DEATH There's a fine line between boldness and over-confidence and that line is defined by the support system we have around us. For example - my 4-year-old son...

WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Clarity

CLARITY AN ELUSIVE, YET WORTHY PURSUIT Clarity in communication is precious because it's very hard to achieve. It's a complex recipe that must include an internal clarity first. Most often, simplicity is the key. Mix...

WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Patience

PATIENCE PATIENCE REQUIRES FAITH In business, it's very easy to get anxious about how you're going to meet your financial obligations. For small businesses, this gets amplified because survival is at stake and missing...

WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Love

LOVE LOVE IS THE ABSENCE OF FEAR To say that love is just an emotion is like saying that Everest is just a hill. Love is hard to define because it is more than what we feel; more than how we act. It is the one thing...

WHAT I LEARNED YESTERDAY: Innovation

INNOVATION DESIGN THINKING: A MANUAL FOR INNOVATION I came across an interesting article that attempted to put innovative design thinking into an equation, which always appeals to my structured brain. 1: Empathize > 2:...