Quicksand and Business Failure

One of my favorite scenes in the movie Replacement Players is where the Quarterback Falco (played by Keanu Reeves) tells the team that his greatest performance fear is “quicksand”. He says that he feels as though he's in quicksand when everything is going fine; and then one thing goes wrong; and then another; and then another. He says that you try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink until you cannot move. Many entrepreneurs face paralysis. They may have some active clients and work, but…

Scaling the Resignation Hurdle

I don't know what's with babies and mobile phones; once they lay their hands on one they give it a wet and sticky licking and after ensuring that it contains no edible parts they go on to smack and hit it on any surface around them, even your feet won't be spared if they are close by. They won't go for your three-year old phones or the hand-me-downs; It's the expensive one you've bought to show off at work that they inflict this evil acts upon. Experience however teaches one…

How To Get More Done By Doing Less

The fine art of doing nothing and getting more done. It looks as if each week starts the same. Suddenly it's Monday. You're extremely busy, but notice that this is just like any other week or any other Monday. You might be aware it is simply a repeat of getting back to the so-called “daily grind”. You will have clients to follow-up with. Vendors and customers are calling about order mix-ups. And, your boss loads more work on your desk. You hit the ground running today, just like all the…

Adversity and Wet Brick Walls

Entrepreneurs are made. I have met quite a few business owners over the past few years, some more successful and driven than others. There are a few common traits that they each seem to possess. Some of the owners that I have met are so humble that you could not detect their level of success right offhand. Then you have the less subtle ones that are proud and boastful, often a bit too proud of their little efforts toward success. So I began to watch and study them indirectly. One…

Success In Your Life

How do you define success? I'm a simple man. I like to keep things simple. Simple meaning even a child could understand. I define success as your level of happiness. Your goal is to succeed and be happy. Therefore, success and happiness are one in the same in my book. We live in a country where you have an opportunity to be happy or experience success. America is a ladder. How high you climb this ladder depends on your level of happiness. You have a choice. You can choose to…

The Gamification of E-Learning

Gamification is the hot buzz word in the training and e-learning world, but what does it mean to you and most importantly your business? I think the premise of Gamification is good, the basic ideas behind it being that people learn best through experiences. Those experiences then drive user engagement which helps compliance. If the e-learning game is executed properly gamification should yield a positive result for your business. Let's take a look a the key tenets of successfully executing on the concepts of gamification in the e-learning world. Learning…

Is Your Business Concept Feasible?

Market Potential One of the first things you need to consider is whether or not there is a market for your new product or service idea. There are three areas to assess, which include the size of the total market, the share you can reasonable expect to gain, and the window of opportunity. Conduct some industry research to determine the total market size for your product or service. Let's assume your new product is a dress shoe for women. With some basic online research the footwear industry in 2012 was…

Scenario for Earning Professional Development Units (PDU) To Maintain Your PMP Certification

The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential represents a significant gear change to your ability to conduct business in today's work environment. Depending on how you earn the Professional Development Units (PDU) required to renew your PMP, you can be facing relatively high costs. Class trainings tend to be relatively expensive, with typical tuition fees ranging between $ 250 and $ 500 per day, which represents a per PMP PDU cost of between $ 30 and $ 65. Consider this scenario for earning PDU credits: 1- You begin by getting 15…

How to Overcome the “Ducks in a Row” Syndrome

Do you have this syndrome? A lot of us do, we just have to have the ducks lined up just so, before it is perfect to begin whatever it is that we need / want to do. Another word for this, and I know you will hate it, but it has to be faced – is “PROCRASTINATION”. We might fool ourselves by justifying all the reasons why we can't get on and do something, but it is always to do with procrastinating. There are lots of reasons why we do…

Expert Positioning: Develop A Story Of Struggle

When you are seen as an iconic industry expert, the business starts coming to you. One important aspect of your efforts to position yourself as iconic is the way in which you tell your public story. Many of today's 'how-to' books, and almost all inspirational speeches, are based on an individual's struggle story. In a nutshell, this is the tale of how they overcame some form of adversity to become what they are today. Telling people about your success isn't nearly as impactful as telling them about your prior adversity…