Lessons From the Tank

Wait Not, Want Not

Feb 7th, 2021

They say the devil is in the details, and I can’t disagree with that statement. A new to-do list filled with worthy projects always invigorates me—for a little while, at least. But then, the responsibility required to make it all happen kind of kills the vibe, doesn’t it? Think about it: Did you love winter […]

Why So Serious?

Jan 24th, 2021

Did you ever see the viral videos of that guy who sets up a table on a busy street and invites lively debate by putting up a sign with a provocative statement that ends with “prove me wrong?” Well, here’s mine: LinkedIn needs a “laugh” emoji. Currently, LinkedIn has approximately 722 million users and you, […]

What Are You Looking At?

Jan 8th, 2021

Ever heard the quote, “We are born with our eyes shut and our mouth open—a flaw of nature that most of us never overcome?” I don’t know about you, but I find it all too relatable in my own life. Why is it so hard to see something from someone else’s perspective? Probably because we’re […]

“Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge” – Patches O’Houlihan

Nov 2nd, 2020

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball,” Patches O’Houlihan told an unwitting group of misfits, as he hurled wrenches at them as part of their unconventional training. He may be just a silly, fictional character in the even more ridiculous 2004 film, “Dodgeball,” but I believe Patches was onto something. If […]

Decisions, Decisions

Jul 22nd, 2020

Do you tend to overthink and detail things to death? Do you have to research every feasible outcome, feel completely ready before making a final decision, and then second-guess yourself anyway? (I’ll raise my hand a little bit on this one.) On the flipside, are you more of a “ready, fire, aim” person, who’s prone […]

You Got This

Jun 10th, 2020

“The businesses that succeeded after each crisis kept their teams tight, reinvented themselves, stayed positive and were all pulled through by great leaders.”—Barbara Corcoran, American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author and “Shark.” I came across this quote from one of my favorite Sharks recently. The wisdom in each of these points packed some […]

Solutions Win

May 26th, 2020

Make it a habit to ask yourself these questions: What problem am I solving? What am I making better? How am I helping? In light of those questions, regularly evaluate these things: Your product – because everyone wants a better mousetrap; Your job performance – because the person who solves the boss’s problem (especially before […]

Being There

Apr 3rd, 2020

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our health, our economy, and our entire way of life. But if there is anything good to be found in this worldwide pandemic, it might be this: For the first time in our lifetimes, we are genuinely all—the entire world—in this together. And, strangely enough, the best way to be […]

Well, That’s Different

Mar 23rd, 2020

I believe that differentiation is the future of my business, and yours. We describe companies that are not moving forward as stagnant, but I’m not so sure that’s a thing. You’re always moving toward something. Either you’re hammering your way toward innovation, or you’re pounding nails into the coffin of your business. Everyone has a […]

Ensure You’re Cheating Fair

Mar 9th, 2020

Two things I believe: Work-life balance is a myth. We are all “cheating” something to make something else work; and Our businesses and professional lives will only rise—and sustainably thrive—to the level of our relationships. So, with those two things in mind, here’s a question: Does your family view your job/business as a mistress or […]

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