Play Cupid with your businesses.

Here we are. It’s February. The days are still woefully short, but the promise of longer days ahead keeps us chugging through the dank and dark, anxious for the spring thaw to arrive once again. But more than freezing weather, or Presidents Day or being the...

The gift that keeps giving.

It’s the holidays. For more than 200 major American cities, that means that Santa will soon be stopping by to break the hearts of anxious civic leaders who have been naughty and hoped to find Amazon HQ2 under their tree, rather than a lump of coal. What they fail to...

Preparation is the best medicine.

Recent events around the world have really hit home with me. While the news has turned its attention to the after-effects of Harvey in Houston, my mind is on Aunt Helen and her fabulous fried chicken. That may seem a bit self-serving but hear me out. I was born and...

Once Upon a Time…

Everyone loves a good story. I know I do. It’s what keeps me up at night. No, I’m not scared of the dark and I don’t have insomnia. I just get caught up in a great movie at the theater or at home and can’t wait to see how it turns out, even if it means staying up...

Winning isn’t the only thing!

I was probably about five years old when my mother signed me up for T-ball. There, I was to learn the seemingly important skills of batting, catching, throwing and providing my parents with a chance to run errands without their child in tow. Sadly, I never mastered...

50 ways to start your business…

Some years ago I wrote a training exercise with a site selector. It was based on a parody of Paul Simon’s 1975 hit, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. I called it 50 Ways to Leave a Community. Terribly witty, I know. The goal of the exercise was to identify what communities...

The end of the world?

Last October, I believed the world would come to an end. No, it wasn’t that long-awaited Mayan prophecy about to come true. Nor was it a premonition of a collision with a heavenly body, pestilence or even the elections that were just a month away. By all rights, the...