Archive for January, 2008

personal coach – to hire or not to hire…

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Coaches_not_equal All the great players have great coaches! Andy Stanley, in the Next Generation Leader wrote, "It is impossible to maximize your potential in any area without coaching. You may be good. You may be even better than everyone else, but without outside input you will never be as good as you could be. Self-evaluation is helpful, but evaluation from someone else is essential." 

As a coach, I do a lot of networking in the    Read More

jibberjobber for job seekers

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I recently came across a great new tool for job seekers called JibberJobber. Jibberjobber  The tool was developed by a gentleman who unceremoniously lost his job and although well-qualified to "get a job" was struggling to find employment even while engaging in his search ten hours a day.  JibberJobber is a database management/networking tool on steroids.  Not only does it support keeping the job seeker organized, it also supports connecting you with your target companies, recruiters,  and other job seekers who might actually network you    Read More

living responsibly

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

This morning, as I'm listening to a conservative talk radio program, the political correspondent commented on the latest competitive antics by McCain and Romney in my home state of Florida.  The antics don't much matter, what does is that the correspondent defended the political behavior by saying that was the way politics is.  According to him it's a dirty, ugly business (even moreso than we outsiders know).  Translation - if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen because it's not going to change anytime soon. 

I would agree (even from my novice point of view)    Read More

barack obama: potential in motion

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

In an earlier post following the Iowa caucuses, I wrote of hope.  I wrote about Barack and Huckabee rising to victory on a platform of change.  As I listened to Senator Obama's victory speech in South Carolina, I found myself once again feeling an air of hope.  Obamawin2topper As I mentioned previously, I am not a politico.  In large part because I find the business of politics distasteful.  It has historically been a domain where idealists are either crushed or converted into something they once    Read More

entrepreneur magazine’s top 500 franchises

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Franchise5002008_2 If you've always dabbled with the idea of owning a franchise, check out Entrepreneur magazines list of the current top 500 franchises!  The website allows you to not only see the rankings but view lists such as top 10 overall, fastest growing, newest etc.  Enjoy! 

Click here to be redirected to the Entrepreneur Magazine website.

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be inspired by the ny giants co-captain, greg gadson usma ’89

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Alg_elimanningI'm a West Pointer and as such I receive stories from time to time about what my brethren are up to but rarely am I touched and inspired as I am by this story.  No matter who you are, you will get this but if you have ever been on a sports team it will move you all the more.  Greg's story reminds me that we never know what tomorrow will bring or how events in our life can shift unexpectantly.  How will you choose    Read More

are you a purple cow?

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Purplecow_2 I am currently reading Purple Cow by Seth Godin.  He's a marketing guru that basically discusses why once successful marketing campaigns are no longer cutting the mustard and why once successful companies fade into the sunset never to be heard from again.  And while my summation isn't necessarily graceful, it all boils down to the purple cow.  The purple cow is that idea, product or strategy that is so remarkable, people flock to YOU for it instead of you having to sell it    Read More

lessons from a jedi master

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Yoda I was channel surfing the other night and I came across Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.  The funny thing is, I always seem to land on Star Wars at the exact same scene (yes universe, I'm listening!).  It is one of my favorite scenes and a reminder to me about commitment and belief in one's dreams.  If you have never watched it (or haven't watched in a while) take some time out to enjoy it.  It's the scene where Luke Skywalker and Yoda    Read More

bush on the economy

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

GeorgewbushI listen to quite a bit of talk radio.  It fascinates me.  This morning I happened to hear a snippet of President Bush's comments regarding the current economy and was surprised to hear him say, "The entrepreneurial spirit is high."  What surprised me is not that he said it because it's important that he continues to communicate a strong (or at least not poor) economy. What surprised me is that has always been my stand whether    Read More

so you think you want to be an entrepreneur? Tip#4

Monday, January 21st, 2008

ASSEMBLE A TEAM

Ist1_1573315_i_belong_in_piece_of_2Don't confuse going solo with going it alone!  Even as a start-up you'll need a good bookkeeper, graphic artist (business cards, literature, web design etc) and maybe even a copywriter for support on sales and marketing materials depending on your comfort level.  While you're at it, don't forget to put a mentor at the top of the list.  Find someone who has already walked a mile in    Read More