• Fast Company Says Major Media Should Chill Out
    and much much more
    I’m a big believer that in this environment, there is no one way to get to market. Both online and traditional media work in unique ways. You need to find the right mix of both that will serve and reach your audience. But right now, major media has a problem, and it isn’t necessarily Read more...
  • Socially Speaking, How is Your Word of Mouth?
    Online and more
    I recently spoke at the Brentwood Chamber Tech Strategies group about Social Networking.   It’s interesting to talk to business owners and leaders about this phenom and their reluctance to embrace it.  One attendee contacted me and asked that I speak to their executive group about the topic, Read more...
  • Take 5 for Inspiration
    Entertainment and more
    The year was 1959. No one knew what was about to happen in the field of music. But jazz music was ready to take some giant steps. Six of the most popular and/or groundbreaking albums in jazz history were recorded and released for the general market that year. Among them was Dave Brubeck’s Read more...
  • Develop your own Stimulus Package
    Top of Mind
    Now is the time to develop and focus your promotional efforts to create your own stimulus package and grow your business. Don’t cut off your future by hunkering down and forgetting to promote for tomorrow. Whether it is your word-of-mouth promotion via non-paid methods or full blow ad Read more...
  • There’s No Whining in Music
    Entertainment and more
    A friend of mine just Facebooked, “Thinking there has to be some way to unite indies rockers.” To which I replied, “If the ants ever get together, the grasshoppers are in trouble!” There’s a dirty 4-letter word that every musician must heave to succeed: “WORK.” And the Read more...
  • Ready, Set, Start-up
    Top of Mind
    If planning is essential and story is imperative, what do you do with an idea and no beginning? Entrepreneurs are those that are willing to plow ahead. They have an idea and they are able to drive through and make things happen. They still need a plan, but plans change. And a well crafted strategic Read more...
  • Why Healthcare Doesn’t Need a Band-Aid
    Top of Mind
    Years ago I did a research project about primary care physicians as a gateway to tertiary care. We talked to focus groups, identified problems, and developed possible solutions. The fundamental problems were…well, everything! But the doctors didn’t really want help. They were trying to Read more...
  • It is about the audience
    Entertainment and more
    The music business is an interesting animal.   I have worked in some facet of the entertainment world since the beginning of my career.   The first major event I ever did featured Christopher Cross.  While running our independent record label, I felt I was in the Groundhog Day movie watching the Read more...
  • Star Trek to Leadership and Beyond
    Leadership and more
    Go see Star Trek! I have always enjoyed the show, but would not call myself a Trekky. However, this installment of the franchise will not disappoint and it is a great theater experience. Not only is Star Trek good entertainment, but there are lessons to be learned from the series as well. Whether Read more...
  • No Dissing On the Bus
    Leadership and more
    One season, we ran a tour with two bands on a tour bus, living on the road together for a month at a time over 9 months. It is typical for folks to chide one another, and it can get pretty tough when they are living on a “land submarine” 12 hours a day! I realized as we pulled into venues for shows Read more...