Lessons From the Tank

The Real Deal

Oct 14th, 2021

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy—both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott, The Office Fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company leader, Michael Scott, spent a lot of time accidentally swerving into profound truths. He was so wrong that he was almost right, in some cases. […]

A Conversation and a Mini-Skirt

Sep 7th, 2021

You may be familiar with the analogy about good conversations and mini-skirts: both should be short enough to grab attention but long enough to cover the subject. That’s an easy way to remember one of the golden rules of good conversations: Be brief but thorough. The rest of the guidelines might be a little more difficult […]

To Meet or Not to Meet

Jul 29th, 2021

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen different variations of the meme floating around the internet saying, “Another meeting that could have been an e-mail.” They’re usually followed by a hashtag acronym that stands for choice words of frustration. My recent partnership with Lori Greiner has made me more aware of the need for […]

Make Your Bed. Or Don’t.

Jun 28th, 2021

Mark Cuban doesn’t make his bed. (Someone probably does it for him, but that’s not the point here.) Recently, I saw a product on Shark Tank designed to help people make their beds faster and easier: The Better Bedder. The pitch was barely underway, when Mark weighed in and said that long ago he calculated […]

Got Passion?

Mar 22nd, 2021

I wonder how Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Doorbot, felt in 2013 when he appeared on Shark Tank, was rejected by four out of five Sharks, and offered a less than attractive deal from Kevin O’Leary, which he turned down. That kind of showing would seem to be a pretty reliable indicator that you may want […]

Risk and (Sometimes) Reward

Mar 2nd, 2021

I’m not known for my patience. And my wife would attest that is an extreme understatement. Sometimes my impatience can lead me down some dangerous paths. Here’s an example of one of my riskiest (and potentially most foolish) business moves that happened because I was tired of waiting. Many people don’t realize that entrepreneurs who […]

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 […]

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