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These are my puppies Chewie and Gabby.  They don’t think about the future too much.  They look for the next warm lap, next meal, or next kid to lay on. In business, I’ve seen the curse of imagining a future manifest itself many times.  But what if we don’t get the resources? But what will I do 3 months from now if that comes true?  But will happen if ______________? Getting caught up in what might be prevents people from being their best self today.  The wasted energy, the added anxiety, and the unproductive drama sap productivity – and not just from the future...

Whatever anyone tells you, there is no Secret School of Business or New World

I'm pleased to announce that I've joined BirdDog (a part of the 14 year old Industry People Group, Inc.) as its Vice President of Marketing here in Urbandale, IA. BirdDog is a Candidate Acquisition & Management System for the Construction, Infrastructure, Engineering, and Facilities sectors. Watch the video below and check out the awesome animation work of Adam Beecher. Many of you know that I've been spending most of my time there since June of this year in a full-time contract engagement. The early July announcement of my partnership with Andrew Clark (@thebrandchef) was...

I'm likely going to transition this blog over to my new destination at http://douglasemitchell.com  It's been a good run on typepad but I'm going to transition everything over to the land of WordPress and have been hanging onto this site as it has great traffic, rank, etc. Let's hope I can build the same over at the new site.  If compelled, I'd love for you to grab the new RSS feed or get some email updates.  This site won't disappear for a while….but I'd love the linkage to the new one.  Thanks so much all and welcome to...

I've had a lot of ponderous moments lately after listening to the audio version of "The Shallows" by Carr and starting into "Cognitive Surplus" by Shirky, I've been asking myself, "What has the Internet…and more specifically Google..done to MY brain?" The Internet has made me a great party favor among my less digerati friends, "Hey iphone boy…what year did Diver Down come out?" (seconds later…the answer via google) The Internet has enabled the thought stream pouring from my mind to outpace the ability of my fingers to to keep...

So I'm driving this morning and listening to "The Shallows" by Nick Carr and something hits me so hard I had to pause the audio book and contemplate what I'd discovered about myself. I use my web skimming, hyper-active, totally immersed, always-on, matrix like connectivity to execute in business.   and… I use my slow down, book reading, long term, ponderous, simplified thinking to be strategic in business. These items may seem trivial and obvious but I'd challenge you to look at your own situation and ask, "Am I applying true strategic thinking and...

I will admit I'm homeopathic skeptic (honed in part by the smarts of Brian Dunning).  I agree that your practices have value, make people feel better, and can improve quality of life dramatically.  I just don't agree with wild eyed medical claims of miracle pain relief, longer life, and less disease per capita among followers of your practices.  But I'm in a bit of a pickle. BackgroundI have what amounts to massive arthritis and a seriously degenerated meniscus in my left knee. (Caused by a small missing bone chunk on the knuckle of my left femur removed in late 90's after...

I execute.  We all know the "perpetual idea machines" out there…but through start-up life and regular life I'm sure you've noticed too that there are plenty of ideas and few who act.  Those who execute are typically viewed as being "successful" and "go-getters".  But when it comes to STRATEGY vs. EXECUTION, I like many struggle with wanting to dive and execute when times call for strategy development.  Recognizing this internal battle is key.  I see solutions through the prism of my own experience and execution filters.  Yes, they've...

I've been reading quite a few pieces lately about how staffing/temp companies are having trouble filling jobs even at $12-$16/hour even though candidates have been out of work for over a year.  "But if I'm out there working for a lower wage I might miss the opportunities to get a higher paying job and I'll miss valuable networking opportunities so I need to stay unemployed" was one reason quoted by an interviewee (paraphrasing). Did you know that in some states ex-workers can collect benefits for 99 weeks?  Yes, that's only a 5-week vacation short of TWO YEARS....

Ok.  Today's Register has an article highlighting a brilliant idea that I wish I'd had called ManCave.  It's a Multi-level-marketing operation for men selling manly grilling and drinking stuff to other dudes.  Is this the end of the women's ownership of the "Get together with wine and food where women chat, drink, and eat while spending $50–$100 on 'free stuff"?  Steph hosts at least 6 parties per year to "get the credit so we can earn free stuff" and invariably that free stuff costs me $80-$125.  Oh reasons abound about why we need this or...