Lessons From the Tank

“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 […]

Are you Confident, or Just a Jerk?

Feb 24th, 2020

Confidence is tricky, because it so often blurs the line with arrogance. Strong belief in yourself, your mission, your products—when misunderstood, these are almost always perceived as arrogance. I read a quote by columnist Rhett Power that perfectly summed up the difference: “Confidence is grounded in experience and expertise, with a sense of respect and humility, […]

It Takes A Team

Feb 11th, 2020

I did a pretty dumb thing recently. At a very critical moment of public recognition, in front of the press and hundreds of the most important people in my life, I forgot about my team. It was the night of our Shark Tank viewing party (when we gathered to watch the episode including FlexScreen), and […]

Flawless Presentation

Jan 31st, 2020

Let’s face it, we’re always selling something. Ourselves, our ideas, our products—always something. So what are the factors that determine if people are buying those things we’re selling? Without a doubt, one of them is presentation. And in this department a flawless performance always helps. Think of a bad presentation that you experienced recently—someone with […]

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