Costco vs. AT&T – A Lesson in Good Business

Costco vs. AT&T – A Lesson in Good Business

I was meeting a colleague in the Costco parking lot yesterday morning at 10:00am. We were riding together to an out-of-town business trip. I arrived early, about 9:45am, and was surprised to find that although the parking lot was pretty empty, there were about 5 to 7 people sitting in their cars waiting. I decided […]

Stop Planning and Start Doing Things

Stop Planning and Start Doing Things

Hugh’s artwork just popped up in my inbox and I love it. We have a strategic plan. It’s called ‘doing things.’ – Herb Keller, founder of Southwest Airlines I think it’s important to have a plan, but at some point, you have to stop planning and start doing the work. I’m reminded of what Basecamp […]

How Expensive Are Your Meetings?

How Expensive Are Your Meetings?

Remember, says Jason Fried, there’s no such thing as a one-hour meeting. A 1-hour meeting with 8 people is an 8-hour meeting. That is 8 hours that something else could’ve been getting done. And what are those 8 people’s salaries? If those 8 people make $100,000 a year, that’s at least $50/hour. Eight people x $50/hour […]

90+ Insights from Cal Newport’s Deep Work

90+ Insights from Cal Newport’s Deep Work

If this is your first time reading here, you should know that at the beginning of 2016 I set out to practice self-compassion, become a better leader and become more intentional about where and how I spent my time. Cal’s Newport’s book “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” has been instrumental […]

My Favorite #AskGaryVee Takeaways and Excerpts

My Favorite #AskGaryVee Takeaways and Excerpts

“Gary Vee is a douche man. How can you like that guy?” a friend once asked me. “Have you seen VaynerMedia’s Glassdoor ratings? Nobody likes working there.” Maybe Gary is a douche… Hell, maybe I’m a douche and that’s why I like him. I don’t know. I know I still watch clips of his keynotes […]