Which I illustrate mostly by showing you what not to do

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I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot over the last 66 ½ years. I definitely feel I’ve learned a lot by working the past 49 years, particularly the last 22 years working with entrepreneurs. However, it recently became obvious that I had one more very important lesson:

How to retire.

Except, in this circumstance, I want to talk to YOU about how to LET me retire! Yes, you’re getting this lesson.

Retirement is something we really don’t think much about until it’s here. Sure, we can plan at an early age (let me rephrase that — you’d BETTER start…


‘Pull out all the stops’ to adapt your company to change

A classic idiom, “a bull in a china shop,” refers to someone who is “aggressively reckless and clumsy in a situation that requires delicacy and care” (The Free Dictionary). The image is a photo taken by Victor Zastolskiy and edited by the Author.

While I was working in my yard, I saw my neighbor, her daughter, and granddaughter passing. I was struck by how alike the daughter and granddaughter were. They were as similar as Dr. Evil and Mini-Me. I might have stuck with that description, but they were far from the silly, sinister pair in the Austin Powers movies.

“Wow! She’s a carbon copy of you,” I said, instead, to the daughter by way of greeting.

Her response — I won’t include it here — reflected the offense she clearly had taken at such a comment. (Suddenly, the Dr. …


I’ve heard that phrase in every language, and it’s not the way to do business

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I’m not a big language buff, though I’ve certainly had the opportunity to learn many of them. I’ve traveled all over the world. (Actually, I’ve been around the world several times.) I’ve spent significant time outside the U.S.A. — not just quick trips — in other countries. But I’m ashamed to say I never learned the languages of the countries I’ve visited.

But I did learn the most important words and phrases: hello, more, food, bathroom, please and thank you, and, most important, beer. …


Business decisions, like helpful medications, should come with ‘side effects may include’ warning labels

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I’m certain you’ve seen those commercials about medications that tout miracle capabilities of the drug, but then say, “side effects may include” nearly everything and anything up to (and including!) death. Yikes! How do I know those “side effects” won’t happen to me? After all, what IS a “side effect” — and why do they occur?

A side effect is usually regarded as an undesirable secondary effect that occurs in addition to the desired therapeutic effect of a drug or medication. Side effects may vary for each individual depending on the person’s disease state, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and general…


The MVP in incubation is the leader who learns every position

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There’s a long background to this one, so buckle in.

All my life, I’ve done a little of this and a little of that and maybe more of something else. When I was 8, my father decided I had to play baseball. My father loved baseball. He talked about, he volunteered to coach, he even umpired for several years.

I was always referred to as the “tall, skinny kid,” but, fortunately, I wasn’t too clumsy so I did make a team when I tried out. I guess in the beginning stages (it wasn’t even “Little League”; it was called “Minor…


Money matters, but it isn’t all that matters

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Greed kills. Actually, the original phrase is “speed kills.” It was attributed to the late Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders football team. The full quote, according to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, is this: “Speed kills. You can’t teach speed. Everything else in the game can be taught, but speed is a gift from God.” Davis knew the value of swift running on the football field; “they can’t tackle you if they can’t catch you.”

Later, this became a byline of the drug culture, as in amphetamines and other stimulants: “Speed kills.” Drugs that increase heart rate make…


Build trust with solid people who have insight

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“You know what the problem is? The problem is people don’t trust themselves. They truly do not believe in themselves or trust themselves; that’s the root of all this self-help revolution.”

That’s what a good friend of mine recently told me as we were browsing in the “Self-Help” section of a large Barnes & Noble bookstore. We were wading through shelves of sub-categories for self improvement — anger management, anxieties and phobias, art therapy and relaxation, communication and social skills, death and grief, dreams, eating disorders, happiness, memory improvement. The subcategory list is expansive, and it includes categories I would…


And, just as important, what not to do

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I am a person well-acquainted with grief (no biblical reference intended here). My father was a minister for over 55 years, and I worked in a hospital morgue for 7 years. I’ve been to quite a few funerals over my lifetime for people I loved.

I was fortunate to have known my great-grandmother (she didn’t pass away until I was 16, so I spent significant time with her), my grandmothers (on both sides), my great-grandfather and grandfathers (on both sides), etc. However, my mother died fairly young, and my father just passed away recently. …


And my name on a list of potential funders? It won’t lead to your success

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Since the very beginning of my tenure in my current position, I have encountered a number of obstacles. Some were daunting (like getting a new roof on one of my buildings — only took about 4 years) and some were simple (need a color printer? Buy a color printer!). Each obstacle presented a dynamic opportunity for me to show the boss that I was a problem solver, and that I knew how to do my job. That’s a good thing. It’s always good to face a tough issue and work it out, accomplish the goal.

But some things seem to…


5 Steps to Manage Your Finite Asset: Time

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One of my favorite topics to speak about is time management. I’ve read many, many books on the topic and I have to admit, it fascinates me. Time is definitely the most finite asset we have, and yet we don’t even know how much of it we WILL have (in total).

I am always amazed at how much time people waste, and then I’m doubly amazed when I ask them to do something and they respond, “I just don’t have enough time!” REALLY? …

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