Get To The Point

Let us state at the outset: engineers are among the couple of groups in human history which have unequivocally changed the lives of society for the better. Can you imagine how different our world would be without them? It’s a scary thought. BUT, have you noticed when those same brilliant engineers seem to have become too involved in the packaging …

Concentration and Diversification

Finance and entrepreneurship frequently go hand in hand. A business owner either learns how to manage and monitor the financial health and key metrics of her business, or the business goes away. Frequently the entrepreneur is CEO and CFO of the enterprise (among the many hats worn). Understanding revenue, cost containment, balance sheet strength, capital investment, returns on invested capital, …

The Celebrity CEO

A portion of “our” most formative adult years occurred during the dot-com area. Wow, those were strange times. They were years with big stock market multiples; and they were years full of ill-conceived internet company business plans (yes, many of them were just that) that even attracted private and public market capital. Talk about the wild, wild west. Even grandma’s …

Positive Thinking

Most of us have that person(s) in their professional or personal life that is so full of negative energy or commentary that you find yourself eventually avoiding like the plague at some point. They’ve heard your insights and pep talks (many times over in some cases), and continue to focus on the same tired frustrations. These people are fundamentally different …

A Book to Inspire the Risk-Taker

  Without a doubt, one of the single best books I have read over the years is Moneyball by Michael Lewis (which was made into a movie). Not only is the author demonstrate his typical greatness in conveying both content and style, but in this particular instance he produces a body of work that has lessons for everyone that values independence …

Burn the Boats

Options are generally seen as a good thing for people in the business world. The more the better, the conventional wisdom goes. While we would never argue that options are not a positive thing, sometimes too many of them can lead people to a lack of urgency – you know, if Plan A doesn’t work out, then there are plans …

Yes, You Can Be An Innovator Too!

Are innovators born or made?  What makes entrepreneurs tick?  What separates them, and why are they different than so many others in society at large?  Many look at the great inventors, and product and company founders, and, maybe naturally, feel that these are people that were born with something unique.  While natural ability cannot be completely dismissed, innovation is attainable …