Category: Growing Your Business

Off-Peak Performance

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my immediate family decided to gather in Atlanta last weekend for an off-peak version of this annual event. Was it because we were hoping to save money on the cost of a bird? No, but you raise a good point. Rather, it was because with my three grown children spread out across the country like election night journalists – Atlanta, Denver, Portland Oregon – and my wife and me living in Massachusetts, the logistics of getting everyone together for a Zoom call, let alone a […] Click to read more…

Should You Speak For Free?

My friend Steve is the lead singer in a terrific local cover band. They play at nearly every big event here and in surrounding towns, not to mention showing up regularly at nearby craft breweries, fundraisers, and the occasional high-end birthday party. I see him most Tuesday nights at our town’s dive bar, a regular occurrence for five or six of us that’s punctuated with beer and idiotic conversation. Sometimes, if he has an upcoming gig (it’s fun to say “gig”), Steve will share the set list with me. That’s when […] Click to read more…

Ice Ice Baby

We were on vacation last week in Iceland, a country that has almost as many beautiful waterfalls as it does words containing silent consonants. It was, as you have no doubt heard or perhaps even experienced, spectacular. Like most visitors, we ran the table of available activities… …hiking on a glacier; horseback riding on the beach; bathing in a hot spring; pushing an unsuspecting sheep over the edge of a cliff (don’t write to me; I am kidding). All in all, a terrific week … although it was not what I expected. […] Click to read more…

Lessons From King Henry

You know me, I don’t like to brag, but… I just conquered one of the most difficult challenges known to mankind. Peace in the Middle East? Harder. Cure for cancer? Please, you are not thinking big enough. No, my friend, what I did was successfully transition my family of five from one cell phone carrier to another. (Insert loud cheering noise here.) Not only that, but despite the fact that we live in four different states across the country, by the time the dust had settled, we each had new phones in our […] Click to read more…

Running for Safety

(Listen to this post, here.) “Wasp Man” is scheduled to arrive this afternoon between 1 and 4 pm. I know, I know, I’m as disappointed as you are since it’s highly unlikely that he will have wings, make a constant buzzing sound, and arrive in an insect-shaped sports car. No, sadly, this Wasp Man is not a superhero. Rather, he is a pest control professional who has been tasked with removing the growing population of actual wasps at our house. Am I happy that he is coming today? Sort of. I’d rather not […] Click to read more…