Pick Your Path
Pick Your Path

CEO, CIO, CFO, CTO, EVP, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Technology, HR, Front Line, Customer Service, Strategist, Planner, Board of Director, Spokesperson, Legal, Accounting, Student, Ambassador, Creative Department, R&D, OD, Social Director, Succession Planner, Tribe Leader.

There, that should about cover all the stuff you are responsible for when you are a small business entrepreneur.

Any questions?

Hugged Your Employees Lately?

Group Hug
Group Hug

Ever been an employee on the front line most of, or all your life?

Leaders, do you have any idea what it’s like to spend your career working for people like you?

Your employees complain about you as much as you complain about them being high-maintenance, needy, and whiney. It’s simply a fact of life and any amount of denial is ignorant.

Most leaders are good at never letting their employees see or hear this. And employees are good at keeping their secrets too.

Quite amusing actually, because neither one thinks the other knows.

Maybe we simply learn to tune it out the same way we slowly, steadily tune out our declining health, and fail to ever make transformational changes to reverse the slow, steady, and sure signs.

We medicate ourselves with our work, with our misery, and we flock to people who share our pain and frustration.

When maybe, we should find that emotional strength we found buried deep inside us that was rediscovered in the days following 9/11.

Maybe then we could justify hugging our employees.  Maybe then transformational change could begin and a new era of teamwork and respect could have wings of hope.

How Important Is Money To You?

Money.  Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.  Money has always been my biggest stressor.

Eventually, I learned a very simple and very profound rule.  It is the first rule that should be learned.

  • Spend less than you earn

What made this most basic of rules so elusive for me, is that I did not subscribe to common sense.  A million reasons for that, which I’ll not even attempt to address.

The second rule I learned is have a business.  After reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” last Christmas, my whole mindset about money was changed forever….

Ideas worth sharing.

David Hoffman talks on Losing Everything.

I often wonder who I’d be if I lost everything.  Just yesterday, I was tempted (for a very brief moment) to think I actually had.

It was one of the best, and briefest, moments of my career.

Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂

What Has 911 Taught You?

September 11, 2001.

911,  9-11, 9/11.  What has 911 taught you?

It has taught (or maybe re-taught)  me the power of a hug.  That there is never a better time than right now to give someone a hug.  I hug more people, more often, even at work.

Remember how crowded (assuming you went) Church was that first Sunday?

Funny thing, I remember a lot of Christians sort of complaining about “all those people”.

And I quietly thought to myself, “This is the way Church ought to be every Sunday”.