What Falling Down the Stairs Has to Do With Your Business

What Falling Down the Stairs Has to Do With Your Business

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I tell you about the day a month or so ago when I took a tumble down the stairs (yep – literally). We’ll dive into the coffee stains I left in the carpet and the mug I didn’t let go of, but more than that – I’ll tell you what it has to do with your business. Finally, I’ll close with a twist that every 40-68 year old will absolutely love.    CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     My dad looked up from the bottom of the stairs and saw that the coffee stains started on step 3 (near the top) and ended on step 13 (the bottom).     “Wow. You are incredibly lucky.” He told me.   Truth be told, I completely agree. There I was hustling to get some menial […]

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When Huge Personal Growth Comes From Simple Changes

When Huge Personal Growth Comes From Simple Changes

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m going to tell you a story about how life teaches you lessons when you least expect it. We’ll also talk about leaving a lasting impression on those around you, then I’ll tell you why my story and this particular lesson will help advance your career or business.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     There’s a code among runners, much like Jeep people.   When you pass one another on a run, there’s a sliding scale of acknowledgment that takes place. A minor effort toward leaving a lasting impression.   The minimum required dose of acknowledgment is eye contact. That’s followed up by the head nod and typically tops out at a cordial wave. Personally, I throw up a casual ‘deuces’ every time I pass a fellow calorie crusher.     There […]

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Hey Boeing – There’s No Wrong Time to Do the Right Thing

Hey Boeing - There's No Wrong Time to Do the Right Thing

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), we’re revisiting our friends at Boeing and asking why a company so large (and successful) can’t seem to get its act together with this international safety issue they’ve got going on. Then we apply the Boeing crisis to our lives and I’ll ask how you work to stay on the moral and ethical high ground.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The Boeing crisis started well before the first crash   A couple of weeks back I wrote about a few recent events centered around two companies (Starbucks and Boeing), and more importantly the stark contrast of how those companies responded to recent crises.   Starbucks had a difficult issue around race and equality take place in one of their stores so they shut the company down for 4 hours, conducted […]

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Why Are you Loyal to the Business That Doesn’t Care About you???

Why are you loyal to the business that doesn’t care about you???

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m diving into what makes you stick around at the business that doesn’t seem to care… at all. I’ll share 2 experience, tell you what I think the answer is, then I’ll let you know some of what we do to keep folks excited to come back to our office.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     There I was – sitting, waiting, wishing…     In the lobby of my eye doctor, there was only 1 other patient and it wasn’t a particularly busy Friday late morning. Few patients had shuffled in before me and maybe one had departed. Operatories had open doors and weren’t filled.   Yet two ladies manned the seemingly desolate front counter. Upon which phones sat but didn’t ring…   And there I sat for 30 minutes.    […]

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What Are you Doing with your Time, Talents, and Treasure?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), Fr. Bob and I are asking you – what are you currently doing with your time, talents, and treasure…? Seriously, I want to know. We’ll cover why I’m curious then I’ll give my breakdown to wrap it up.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”   (Photo courtesy of Steve W.)     So, here’s an update then a newsflash for me   Our family (me and the girls) are Catholic and I’ve recently learned that our priest has discovered this here blog… After sitting up a little straighter in church and cleaning up my vocabulary (a little), this revelation has led me to blend some of what I hear on Sundays with what you read here on the blog.   Don’t worry – I’m not going to take you to church…     But […]

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How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll tell you the no-nonsense and full-proof way of how to make a hard-boiled egg… Seriously. They’re great for you and I struggled for 30 years to get it right. Learn from my mistakes.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The 100% Reliable Method of How to Make a Hard-Boiled Egg   Go ahead and give the Google machine a try… As of this writing, if you type “how to make a hard-boiled egg” into the search bar, you’ll get fancy pictures of perfectly cooked eggs.   There are fancy instructions detailing the ideal starting water temperature and then the timers… Ohh, the timers. “Exactly 8 minutes…” – “10 minutes is the ideal time. No more.”    Can I say it?   I will…   All of that advice – every […]

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Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??

The Complete Ally Bank Review - Is It Right For You??

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be doing a brief Ally Bank review to let you know the relevant information to consider if you, too, are considering switching to this highly-rated online bank.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A Brief Ally Bank review – Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??     Ally Bank is an “online” bank that is first made an impression on the financial world with its online savings accounts. As a current online savings account owner myself, the 2.2% interest rate I have with my Ally account completely blows the 0.01% interest rate my previous bank touted out of the water.   Ally (and similar online banks) can provide these high-yield (and highly competitive) accounts because of what they can save in overhead and efficiencies by not having to build, house, […]

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These Unemployment Rates Are Keeping Me Up at Night…

These Unemployment Rates Are Keeping Me Up at Night... #CEO #business #staff #retention #benefits

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll clue you in on why the current US unemployment rate keeps me up at night – both as a business owner and as a regular red-blooded American.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The current US unemployment rate is 3.8% (as of March, 2019)   Why is that 3.8% unemployment number significant?   Well, the running 70-year average had been 5.76% with the all-time high at 10.80% in November of 1982 and the all-time low of 2.50% in 1953…   Meaning that our current 3.8% is creeping into record-low territory, and I don’t know about you but I can’t “tell you what the 50’s like”…       As a CEO, this bottomed out unemployment rate is stressing me out a few different ways   1- Finding the GREAT quality […]

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What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be discussing a vitally important topic that I literally think about on a daily basis. It’s a self-reflection point I dissect regularly – what does your conflict reveal about your character?   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       What your Conflict Reveals About your Character   My dad (Pops) always told me, “It’s easy to lead when everything is going well. But your actions when you’re behind and fighting for life are what reveal your true character.”   Dude was 100% on point with that advice.   First, some current events, then a personal anecdote, and we’ll finish with a challenge question to you.   …Yeah – YOU.     October 29, 2018 – a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashed at sea   All 189 souls on board did not […]

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What Me Quitting Twitter Has to Do with Your Life

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m quitting Twitter for a while and telling you why you should care.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A break in the game?    Check the phone.   Daughter steps out of the room?   Check the phone.   Sit on the toilet?   …Didn’t want to go there but, desperate times – ya know?   Say it with me: “Check the phone!”    It’s damn exhausting – so why do we continue to do it? Well, my friends – I no longer will.   I’m quitting Twitter (for a while) and it may have some impact on your life   I was inspired by my friend, Scott (Making Momentum) when he pulled the trigger and took all social media off his phone and severely limited what he’d allow himself to […]

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