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 →

Getting Comfortable with Making Mistakes

Many people put off the dream of starting their own business because they are afraid to fail. The truth is, about half of all new businesses will fail in the first five years. But that also means that half will succeed. If you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, consider the six points that I wrote... 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 →

Get Up & Get Going!

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Aristotle As I wrote about in The Secrets of Morning People Revealed, mornings are uniquely important in five distinct ways: Your willpower is at its highest Your mind is less scattered You’re less likely to be interrupted You increase the... 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 →

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 →

Do Something Memorable for your Employees

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift ~ Pierre Corneille The company I recently cofounded, Peak Demand Inc., celebrated its first anniversary last week. As you can imagine, the first year of any new company is especially difficult because you are building everything from the ground up. Our first nine employees had to endure... Continue Reading →

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