The Best and the Worst

The best blogs or vlogs or art of any kind are an act of generosity. They offer a point of view, insight, encouragement, something interesting or even something beautiful. The worst try to sell you something: "And that's how the Dalai Lama approaches conflict. And speaking of conflict, how often have you seen people conflicted [...]

By |2018-09-09T07:48:03+00:00September 9th, 2018|Art, Blog, Business, Creativity, Humor, Marketing|Comments Off on The Best and the Worst

People

I inspected an industrial property the other day, one location in dozens (maybe hundreds?) of locations owned by this company. The company has got to be one of the most vertically integrated businesses in the world. They design, the manufacture, they distribute, they print point of service signs. They print one million labels a day. On [...]

By |2018-08-21T05:58:55+00:00August 21st, 2018|Automation, Business, Humor, Labor, Management, Technology|Comments Off on People

The Divide

There is a divide, nay, a gaping chasm between free and $1.00. Does $1.00 mean that much? Not really, if a gallon of milk is $1.00 more this week than it was last week I doubt any of us would give it a thought. But paying $1.00 online requires time and effort. You have to [...]

By |2018-08-06T07:17:57+00:00August 6th, 2018|Business, Profitability, Risk, Trust, Value|Comments Off on The Divide

Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It

If you are not familiar with the phrase, Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It, you are probably under 40 years old. I am not sure of its origins, but it was uttered by a deeply experienced musician who, with just a hint as to the melody of a song, could play the song [...]

By |2018-07-31T06:28:01+00:00July 31st, 2018|Brand, Business, Creativity, Music, Professional Development, Skills, Small Business, Stories, Success|Comments Off on Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It

Some Business Advice

It is a tough business, real estate appraisal, especially the kind of work that I do. The data can be scattered and imperfect. All I can do is be reasonable, logical and credible. It would seem, for example, that it is not credible to be above or below the price range expressed in the data. [...]

By |2018-07-30T07:28:32+00:00July 30th, 2018|Business, Criticism, Customers, Humor, Stress|Comments Off on Some Business Advice

My Peeps

I got thinking about who I want to reach with this blog. Through the process of elimination I decided that it was not "entrepreneurs" or "steadies." If an entrepreneur is someone who makes money while they sleep, whose goal is to scale and sell an asset, I don't think I know one personally. I know [...]

By |2018-07-24T05:10:32+00:00July 24th, 2018|Business, Grit, Marketing, Service, Small Business, Success|Comments Off on My Peeps

Jeeves Was Probably Underpaid

I know it is a little odd, but as a youngster I had a fantasy of being a Gentleman's Gentleman. Of serving and helping a great man, well, be great. Maybe this fantasy wasn't so odd. After all, who wants the burden of being great themselves? Isn't it better, safer and easier to bask in [...]

By |2018-07-16T13:26:02+00:00July 16th, 2018|Business, Personal Development, Professional Growth, Risk, Small Business, Success, Value|Comments Off on Jeeves Was Probably Underpaid

Meeting for a Living

We have all seen them. Perhaps you worked at one. Or work at one currently. My condolences. Huge, bureaucratic companies where no actual work gets done, unless you consider attending meetings to be work. Or preparing packages and presentations for meetings to be work. How did things get this way? How do they make any [...]

By |2018-04-05T11:51:22+00:00April 5th, 2018|Business, Communication, Humor|Comments Off on Meeting for a Living
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