Don’t Become An Expense – Become Invaluable

I just read an article about how companies are laying people off and they feel betrayed. They attracted people with a fun family atmosphere, and then laid them off like the expenses that they always were. I luckily learned a lesson back in the 1980s when I worked at AT&T. During a performance review, I…

Resolutions Vs. Reinventions

It’s Almost New Year’s Eve We have all seen the crowds at Time Square or downtown (insert your city here). They are generally partyers wearing hats, blowing horns, and ingesting copious amounts of alcohol. But most of us (85%) prefer to stay home or local with a small gathering of friends. Some of us can…

Well Would You Look At That? Lessons Learned from Lifelong Learning

You have undoubtedly heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks.” It is true that younger minds are more open to new concepts and more pliable. But that does not mean that older minds have to be ridged. As a matter of fact, minds are amazing things. The more you stimulate them,…

You Get What You Pay For… Some Assembly Required

There are many benefits to creating and maintaining a virtual workforce. There is also one big drawback. You have no one in your office to help you carry and assemble office furniture. We finally moved into our new home (use moved with a grain of salt.) We sold everything in Illinois, and we have been…

Boy… Do I Have A Deal For You? Deals From The Trenches And The Search For Value And Truth!

A lot has happened over the last 20 years. There has been a technological revolution. The most obvious are the smartphone and the internet. But some are less obvious: Human Genome Project Bluetooth Curiosity, the Mars Rover Electric Cars 3D Printing Multi-use Rockets And much more… When we sold our house, we sold everything including…

Seeing The World Through A Fresh Set Of I’s

I have had more than one person question, “Why would you leave an area, where you have 22 or 40 years of connections to start over?” I have asked myself that question a few times, too. The only answer I could give was, “It was time!” I have lived in the Chicago area since I…

Why “FREE” Is A Four Letter Word That’s Bad For B2b Businesses

Most of us have fallen victim to the allure of FREE stuff. I had a freezer full of big bags and boxes of frozen food from going to Sam’s Club and being a victim of the FREE sample person standing in the aisle. I have gotten a FREE phone and Airpods that raised my monthly…

Networking Is All About Give And Take But Success Takes Giving

It’s been a long journey to get ready to sell our house and buy another. I have been in the Chicagoland area for almost 50 years. Over that period I have moved at least a dozen times. But, you never really move far from your network. You know what grocery stores have what. You know…

Avoid The Superman Syndrome – You Need The Justice League

When I go to networking meetings, instead of posting my own name on the nametag, I write down “Ima Geek”. Geeks come in many flavors. Geek often branches out into specific social scenes: “movie geek,” “food geek,” “music geek,” “guitar geek,” “band geek,” “suburban lawn geek,” “computer geek,” “academic geek” … you get the picture.…

Addition Through Subtraction – When Less Leads To More!

It’s that time of year again: New Year, new you? It’s the time of year when you should be buying gym memberships and going on diets and quitting smoking or drinking. I mean, at least that’s what all the commercials say, right? Any one of those things is hard enough, but some of us tend…