12 Rules for Success that Turned a Small Family Business into a Global Brand

Bill Marriott, former CEO of Marriott International, learned business and leadership by observing his father, J. Willard Marriott. The elder Marriott was one of the most successful startup founders in U.S. history. He turned a small family root beer shop into a chain of hotels in the 1950s. Bill Marriott joined the young company in... Continue Reading →

Building a StoryBrand Book is Released

If you follow this blog, you know I am a huge Donald Miller fan. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story is one of my favorite Donald Miller books. I also regularly listen to Miller's podcast which is my go-to place to better understand marketing communication and messaging.... Continue Reading →

This Start-Up Story is a Must Read for Every Entrepreneur

Forget all the phony internet garbage about how glorious the life of an entrepreneur is. Ignore the Instagram pictures of Ferraris and private jets with the word “hustle” written over it. If you want to understand what it’s like to start a business, you need to read this book. Phil Knight is incredibly successful. He... Continue Reading →

Great Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Love Their Teams

One frustrating thing I see in leaders from time to time is a negative attitude towards people. Many choose a career in leadership who don’t like dealing with people. Unfortunately, they usually find they are less effective as a leader with this mindset. The reason is that leadership is inherently a people business. "Leadership is... Continue Reading →

The Discipline of Getting Things Done

I love being an entrepreneur. I love being my own boss. The freedom to operate my business the way I want to is everything I hoped it would be. The downside is, I had no idea how much work it would be. With only a small team, the quantity of work to be done by... Continue Reading →

Don’t Ever Start a Band: Six Things to Consider Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Jimmy Buffett’s hit song, The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful, starts off with his band members demanding things from him. “Where's my per diem? Where's the keys to the rent-a-car? Jimmy, Jimmy, can I open the show in Atlanta please?” He then offers a warning to his listeners, “Don’t ever start a band!”... Continue Reading →

Simon Sinek on Loving your Company

Simon Sinek is an author, speaker, and marketing consultant.  He has written three books including the 2009 bestseller Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. His TED talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action is listed as the third most popular TED presentation of all time with close to 32 million... Continue Reading →

Why Entrepreneurs Love when Big Companies Don’t Care

The world was shocked to see a viral video of a paying customer being dragged from a United Airlines flight. It was unthinkable to believe a big company could treat a customer that way. You know who wasn’t surprised? Business travelers. Those of us who travel frequently have been dealing with delayed flights, shrinking seats,... Continue Reading →

The Secret to Building an Unstoppable Team

Have you ever noticed that there are some teams who just know how to win? Companies that outpace their rivals, sports teams that dominate their competition, or military units that seem to do the impossible. There is something special about these teams that make them unstoppable. “Do your job” - Bill Belichick Consider the New... Continue Reading →

Over-engaged Leaders Produce Disengaged Teams

Take a look at this great article from Dan Rockwell. Dan shows that some leaders have a tendency to get too involved in every business decision.  These "over-engaged" leaders can’t resist jumping on every problem like a squirrel on a nut. Employees in these companies get used to the leader being the center of authority.... Continue Reading →

When Small Company Thinking Beats Big Company Thinking

I love being the CEO of a small company. It’s the best job I’ve ever had. One of the biggest reason is the speed at which we operate. Having worked for three multi-national corporations and the U.S. military for 22 years, I have a lot of experience with the often-slow pace of large organizations. It makes... Continue Reading →

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