The 5 Big M’s of Business

Reading Time: 3 minutesAfter working with many clients, I’ve decided there are Five Big M’s of Business that every entrepreneur should know like the back of their hand: Market Model Management Mantra Marketing M is for Market Although people joke around about having the skills to sell snow to Eskimos, a sustainable long-term business must be built upon […]

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St. Patrick: Productivity Mastermind

Reading Time: 2 minutesYou’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. – Irish Proverb March 17 is celebrated by millions as St. Patrick’s Day, including many secular individuals of Irish descent. Nevertheless, before enjoying a pint of Guinness this evening, I thought I’d share a few historical notes about this very interesting goal-setter. Although […]

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Goals Give Direction

Reading Time: 2 minutes“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” – Carl Sandburg Happy New Year. This is a great time to refine your goals. Over the years I’ve talked to a number of people who do not believe in goal setting. They argue that they do not forget to eat or go to bed without having goals to […]

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Six Timeframes for Goals

Reading Time: 1 minuteJust having one set of goals for each individual year is not enough. You should have goals over diverse time spans to achieve successful short-term and long-term planning. Here are the six time frames that I suggest: Quarterly Goals Annual Goals 3-Year Goals 5-Year Goals 10-Year Goals 20-Year Goals Although you might have special targets […]

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Audio University

Reading Time: 2 minutesFor years, many motivational speakers have encouraged their audiences to join ‘Automobile University’ to grow mentally during long commutes in their car. Over the years, inventions like the cassette Walkman, CD players, MP3 players, and today’s smart phones have opened up new avenues with the same end-goal. Personal Audio Players are wonderful devices. I brought […]

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How to Read Magazines

Reading Time: 3 minutesCull the Herd Over the years, I’ve subscribed to a wide variety of periodicals, including the literary periodical The Atlantic, the scientific journal Nature, and the luxury lifestyle magazine DuPont Registry Autos. One day in 2002, I realized I had 11 different magazines coming to my house, on a weekly or monthly schedule. I could not […]

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Is It Important?

Reading Time: 2 minutesI love email. It is a great way to send quick messages to family, friends, clients, and colleagues…even at 3:00 AM. It is a non-intrusive, asynchronous form of communication. Yet, we all know that the sweetest roses have thorns. Email is so easy that in the past few years, many people now receive 100, 200, […]

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Schedule Time Cushions

Reading Time: 2 minutesDuring my very first management job in my 20s, I often allowed my schedule to become jam-packed, with no breaks. The end-result was that I often let my daily calendar look like a multi-layer cake with 8 or 9 hours of meetings without break. Sounds productive, right? It appear that I did not waste any […]

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Smile More

Reading Time: 2 minutesToday’s advice might sound squishy, like something you might find in a new age or self-help book; however, I think your own experience will jive with the scientific research on the topic. Food for Thought 1.  If all other things are equal (ability, integrity, ambition) between two individuals, one who smiles and one who frowns, […]

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How to Improve Your Life in Three Steps

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn argument can be made that a good life is one that maximizes the number of meaningful moments; yet, our life span is finite. This cannot be achieved by simply adding more. Just as a glass of water has a certain capacity, the same is true with your schedule. The only way to fill a […]

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