Monthly Archives: February 2008

And The Oscar Goes To…

I watched the Academy Awards last Sunday night… the entire thing, from start to finish. I didn’t plan on it, but with my wife and oldest son out of town, and my two younger kids in bed, I found myself face-to-face with the kind of time-wasting perfect storm that just begs for television. What I found must interesting about the event – and in particular, the pre-ceremony interviews – was the contrast between the way the actors presented themselves unscripted […] Click to read more…

 

Blogging On Empty

Forgive me readers… it’s been 14 days since my last post. And that, I’ve discovered, is a fundamental weakness with blogs as a tool for marketing your business. Here’s what I mean. Unlike their e-cousin, the electronic newsletter, which if done properly comes out like clockwork every single month, blogs can come out as often — or, as I’ve come to discover, as infrequently — as the blog writer likes. Your blog is never on fire; it never has to […] Click to read more…

 

Follow The (Not) Bouncing Ball

I coached my 8-year-old son Jonathan’s basketball team this winter. Lest you take this as proof of my coaching prowess, I share with you in its entirety, the transcript of my “job interview” with the guy who runs the third grade basketball program: Guy who runs third grade basketball program: “Do you have a son in the third grade?” Me: “Yes.” GWRTGBP: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” Me: “No.” GWRTGBP: “Practice starts Saturday; pick up your uniforms […] Click to read more…

 

Burn The Ships

I didn’t have a really good reason to leave my last job — that was part of the problem. It was kind of nice.  Nice people, nice work, nice money, nice commute.  Nice, nice, nice. Not an oppressive environment by any means, and not a lot of reason to go elsewhere. But somehow, at some point, the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I should be doing something else, fought its way to the front of my […] Click to read more…

 

Nightmare on Entrepreneur Street

This doesn’t happen to me very often anymore, but when I first launched my business, I found myself thinking about it in the middle of the night. I’d get up to check on one of my kids, or whatever, and the next thing I knew, the problem solving (worrying) wheels were turning.  Needless to say, lots of sleep lost (and very little accomplished). One night, I happened upon a very useful insight:  I could choose not to have the conversation […] Click to read more…