• 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...
  • So What Is Your Story?
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    I have found in working with creative projects and artists that is always best to start with the story. Developing your narrative is one of the most important things you can do, but when I share this with most companies they look blankly at me with a puzzling “why?” If you do not write Read more...
  • Vision of Small Business
    and much much more
    Vision of Small Business Over the Next Decade – The Intuit Future of Small Business Series is an ongoing research study sponsored by Intuit and led by the Institute for the Future and Emergent Research. The research looks at the significant trends affecting small business and entrepreneurship 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...
  • Broken Records, but Vinyl is Growing
    Entertainment and more
    I got an email recently from Burnside Distribution. Here’s what they said: “Physical sales of CDs continue to decline; I doubt anyone will dispute this. Large chains and big box stores are reducing the amount of titles they carry and in the process have set up huge returns, both Read more...
  • Romance and Theater
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    The original design and intent of your business are important assets for your company. And it’s crucial that you don’t let the growth of your business squeeze out and overwrite your original design! Years ago, Starbucks developers created a coffee house experience for its customers. In 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...
  • Change is Inevitable Progress is Optional
    Leadership and more
    Change is often discouraged or debated in organizations until there are no other options, and sometimes at great calamity. Tom Neff, my mentor, taught me that organizations must embrace and plan for change by choosing progress instead of letting inevitable change just happen to them. We have seen Read more...
  • The Beauty of Ugly
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    I just received a retail catalog in the mail. You know the kind – the one with trashy jewelry, unbecoming apparel, and nick knacks to help clutter your home in easy installment plan payments. It made me wonder who would buy this ugly stuff! And then I remembered the old adage, “beauty Read more...
  • Can Web 2.0 go to work?
    and much much more
    Over the past two years, McKinsey has studied more than 50 early adopters of Web 2.0 who are using technologies such as blogs, wikis, information tagging, prediction markets, and social networks. In this article they have drawn six insights on how companies can best use these technologies and they Read more...