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I don’t get up on my roof anymore. I’m in my mid-40’s and all I see by attempting this nonsense is “bad juju (this is the technical term for stuff).” Here are my three reasons for not attempting this folly…

  • I don’t want to fall off the roof. The consequences of this are pain and death; neither of which are high on my priority list.
  • I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. I’m liable to damage the roof, the gutters, or some other piece of building material I don’t even know exists.
  • I’ve got better things to do with my time. Specifically, help others and make money.

I hired a very capable contractor to come and clean my roof. His guy spent 5 ? hours on my roof making it look beautiful and charged me $495. For $495, I kept my health, I didn’t do damage to anything, and I made more than that in less than an hour. read more »

 
The Dog Star (Sirius) is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition

I regularly take my canine pals Captain Jack and Bella out for a walk during the days I’m working from home. They get very excited when I utter the word “walk.” That changes momentarily when I pull their harnesses out. They hate being manacled in this unsavory fashion (I think they’re afraid of what the other dogs are saying). Once harnessed and leashed, they fly out the door with great vigor to stretch out their legs. Captain Jack seems to just enjoy taking a stroll. Bella on the other hand is constantly on the lookout. Any smell, sight, or inkling of another dog throws her into a high level of perspicacity. read more »

 

As I wrote this column, Super Bowl XLV just concluded between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. You can learn a great deal about business and life viewing sports, especially when you’re watching champions. In fact, this game and all its pageantry are ripe with examples of what to do (and what NOT to do) in your business “game.” Let’s scrutinize three that come to my mind…

In the end, it’s all about blocking and tackling. Football may seem like a highly complex game with players scrambling, audibles being called, and coaches whispering secretly into a gigantic play cards. However, when it’s all said and done, generally the team that does the best job blocking and tackling wins the game. read more »

 
Creative Crisis Solutions
"One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation." ~ Oscar Wilde

When I first started coaching basketball at North Kitsap High School 11 years ago, a sagacious veteran coach in the building gave me some sage advice. He said, “Dan, you can expect a minimum of three crises to occur every season. How you respond will determine how successful you are as a coach and a leader.” This advice was not only highly accurate, but also completely relevant to business and life.

At the writing of this column, the past month has given us notable national crises such as the collapse of the Metrodome prior to an NFL game and the shooting of a federal judge and congresswoman outside a Safeway in Tucson. read more »

 

In November, I watched the 1990 Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War. I was fascinated with the military, political, and social strategies. From that series, I developed several “teaching points” gleaned from this historical time. You read the first three last month.

As promised, here is Part 2 with three more lessons from the war that you can use in building your business, accelerating your growth, and enhancing your leadership. This time, we focus on flanking attacks, emotion over logic, and the success trap. read more »

 

This past month, I’ve been intently watching the 1990 Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War. I am a big history buff and this is one of my favorite periods of time. I’ve been enthralled by the images, actions, and consequences of this tumultuous and compelling time in our history.

History not only repeats itself, but also if you’re observant, you will find significant lessons that can be learned and applied to everyday life. In this case, I’ve noted multiple examples that can be adapted for us in the business world. This is Part One of Two. read more »

 

Have you left a corporate or professional job working for “the man” in search of being the “master of your fate and the captain of your soul?”

With apology to William Ernest Henley for wielding the words from his famous poem, Invictus for a business article, allow me to ask you one question…

How do you like your new boss?

In my experience, many small business owners and entrepreneurs find that the new boss isn’t the same as the old boss. read more »

 
Building Wealth

I just finished reading new Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll’s book titled, Win Forever. Regardless of your affinity for football, or your feelings about Carroll as a football coach, the book reveals important concepts that apply to not only sports, but to business and life. One of them is the theory of “I’m In.” read more »

 

It never ceases to amaze me how often I see business professionals overlook protecting their intellectual property and brand. How do you do this? Let’s start by backing up and discussing the concepts of intellectual capital and intellectual property.

“Intellectual capital” is what’s between your ears. It’s your industry “smarts” that you’ve accumulated over time through experience, education, and knowledge. “Intellectual property” is the manifestation of that intellectual capital through products and resources like books, articles, white papers, teleconferences, videos, workshops, speeches, systems, etc. read more »

 
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