Category Archives: Growing Your Business

Where’s the Opportunity?

Almost exactly one year ago, things were shaping up nicely for my youngest son, Jonathan. He was a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Denver and had just landed a summer internship at a cool tech firm near school. He was thrilled. The internship would allow him to learn some new things, make some money and remain in Denver for the summer, as opposed to moving back home for three months to live in a sleepy suburb with […] Click to read more…

 

What Stand-Up Comedy Taught Me

I don’t know what’s on your bucket list, but until recently, I had just two things: 1.      Sit in the front row of an NBA basketball game. 2.      Take a stand-up comedy class. You’ll be pleased to learn that #2 has been officially checked off the list. After years of – let’s be honest – being too afraid to do it, I finally followed my wife Linda’s encouragement and signed up this past fall for an 8-week class at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. […] Click to read more…

 

Juggling Act

When I was 13, I taught myself how to juggle three tennis balls. At the time, I was operating under the mistaken assumption that 13-year-old girls would be awestruck by those in possession of this ancient and mystical skill. They weren’t (surprise!). Nevertheless, it’s an activity I’ve enjoyed for several decades. Which is why when my son Evan returned home for the holidays showing off his ability to juggle not three, but five balls, my first thought was, “Maybe this will work with the 13-year-old girls.” (Don’t write to […] Click to read more…

 

Hit ‘Em Where They Ain’t

(Listen to this post, here.) I don’t know where you live, but I know this: Your airport is better than mine.  I say this with confidence because my airport is Logan, here in Boston.  Is it because of the decrepit parking garages? No.  Is it because of the dark, unwelcoming terminals? No.  Is it because of the ever-scowling state troopers who treat all travelers as if they are members of the returning British army, here to make another run at […] Click to read more…

 

Who’s Making Your Rules?

(Listen to this post, here.) You know me, I don’t tell people how to live. You want a pet boa constrictor? Be my guest. You want to live on a strict diet of baby food and beer? I’m not going to stop you. You want to give all five of your sons the same first name? Who am I to suggest otherwise? But there is one thing that bothers me – people who talk loudly and at length on their cell phones in the Hopkinton, Massachusetts […] Click to read more…