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The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. About 10 years ago, I wrote in my book Building Trust at the Speed of Change that: “We…find ourselves at the mercy of forces beyond our control… we have lost a sense of community. We now live in a virtual workspace where relationships… Continue Reading There’ll be times of despair, times of hope

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Unless you live under a rock, you’re familiar with social media. Everywhere you turn, people are LinkedIn, Facebooked, Twittered and blogged. Virtually anyone involved with modern marketing will tell you it’s a must-do for business. But is it? Clients frequently ask what they should be doing in this area and the answer is almost always… Continue Reading Social media a big help or monumental waste of time?

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Best practices for changing a culture

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If you have moved from one organization to another anytime in your career, you know that every company has its own unique culture. Culture is defined as the beliefs, values, norms, and attitudes that form a group’s patterns of thought and action. Put another way, culture can be thought of as “unwritten rules about the… Continue Reading Best practices for changing a culture

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Take care when taking on a partner

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“Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.” — Jack Benny. A terrific life partner is a beautiful thing and that’s also true of business partnerships. The challenges are also pretty much the same — making sure you’re actually getting a great partner… Continue Reading Take care when taking on a partner

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So this week I posted a YouTube video of Nappy Roots on my facebook profile and got immediate rave reviews from my college age nephew. And I started to wonder if he thinks I’m actually cool. Here’s the thing: I’m really a fraud at being cool. I use the Internet as a “cool engine” that… Continue Reading As coolness expands, content companies tremble

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Is there a leader in the house?

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Who will be the leaders of tomorrow? Will one or more of your own children be leaders in their sphere of influence? When our children eventually leave home, we want them to be equipped to succeed in life and to have the confidence and skills to live in the adult world. There are no guarantees… Continue Reading Is there a leader in the house?

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At the risk of sounding like alarmists, we hate business concentrations and want to help you take positive steps to avoid them. Concentrations are one of the greatest risks you can take in business because they cause havoc and destroy companies. Having a concentration is kind of like carrying a rattlesnake in your pocket —… Continue Reading Business owner beware rattlesnakes and concentrations

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Innovation and entrepreneurship are often assumed to be one and the same. In reality, they are different things, and a clear understanding of the difference is vital to building successful ventures. Innovation comes in a variety of forms. Many new ventures are based on new product or service innovation. This is the most commonly recognized… Continue Reading Taking a look into innovation and entrepreneurship

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By Sean Paige Critics may contend that the less-than-scandalous findings of the first-ever “performance audit” of the Economic Development Corp. mean it was a waste of time and money, which unnecessarily called the group’s reputation into question. As someone who helped put the process in motion — and who reads much more into the report… Continue Reading Auditor’s report on EDC numbers tells many tales

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Getting trade basics and numbers wrong

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Why do so many (most?) business reporters and television talking heads, along with a boatload of economists, get the story dead wrong on trade? Whenever the latest U.S. trade numbers — i.e., exports, imports and the trade balance — are released, if imports are up and the trade deficit expands, a cacophony of voices spout… Continue Reading Getting trade basics and numbers wrong

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