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What Does Success Mean To You?

A few months ago, I put this post on Facebook: "Doing laundry on a Saturday night. Living the dream here, people!" In a weird way, this sums up my definition of success. How many times are we asked these questions: ...

Random Thoughts in No Particular Order

This is the post that will prove to the non-believers that blogs are stupid. Here are some random thoughts which haven't quite formed into posts yet. I'm hoping you'll help me. 1. What the heck is Empire Avenue and why ...

Zen and the Art of Blog (and other) Maintenance

First, I'll get it out of the way. I apologize for my lack of posts here for a while. A few (ok, more than a few) weeks ago, I was bugged by some things not quite working with this blog. ...

3 Things I Took Away from a Week Away

1. The world continues to revolve, even when you are lazing away in a hammock snuggling with your sons. 2. Stepping away provides perspective you cannot get any other way. Period. 3. Family and time with the people you love ...

525,600 Minutes…or 1 Year Later

I don't even remember what day it was, officially. I guess it was hardly official. I decided to incorporate on my own last year in July. In the year since, I've been reading, learning, sharing, writing, speaking and consulting. I've ...

Getting Out of My Own Way

I've been getting in my own way a lot lately. I used to laugh when I heard people say things like this. "What do you mean you're in your own way?" I'd chuckle, shrugging my shoulders at the very idea ...

Naming the Demon

Last year was tough. Not just for me, I know, but for many of us. I had a rough year because after 12 incredible years growing a great firm, we were in the fight of our professional lives. Circumstances beyond ...

Post-SOBCon 2010: My Promises to Liz Strauss & Terry Starbucker

Like most who attended, I am catching my breath a little after a few days of SOBCon - the annual conference hosted by Liz Stauss and Terry Starbucker that brings together bloggers, entrepreneurs and like-minded corporate folks to discuss what ...

Stop Thinking Short-Term

I had the privilege of attending the all-city Chicago Vistage meeting last week. While it was great to meet other like-minded business leaders, it was most compelling because of the speaker, Alan Beaulieu. Alan and his twin brother are economists who ...

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