• 10 Quotes from Stephen Covey That Can Change Your Life

    By Kevin on July 18, 2012

    Stephen Covey will be remembered most as the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold over 25 million copies.  It’s been many years since I read “the habits” but I was delighted recently when I learned that my 8th grade daughter read The Seven Habits...

  • The Day A One-Armed Man Turned Me Into An Entrepreneur

    By Kevin on July 8, 2012

    The one-armed man marched right up to me and my life changed forever. Do you remember when and why you first decided to become an entrepreneur? These memories can be used as powerful motivators against the inevitable setbacks, naysayers, and hard work that are bound to come. I remember...

  • 10 Rules for Growth Firms from Jim Collins

    By Kevin on June 1, 2012

    Verne Harnish, a long-time friend and one of the only business guru’s I follow, passed along these 10 Rules from Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great. Change “what” questions to “who” questions Double your question to statement ratio Embrace the “Stockdale Paradox” – keep getting up when...

  • Billionaire Reveals 3 Words to Save Hours Each Day

    By Kevin on May 30, 2012

    Eli Broad is the founder of two Fortune 500 companies and has an estimated worth of $6 billion. So when he offers up time management tips, I’m all ears. Excerpts from his recent Fast Company article: People who have been in meetings with me have probably heard me say,...


    By Kevin on May 25, 2012

    Retired four-star General, Colin Powell, has a new book out. It’s a good time to remind everyone of his rules for life and leadership. Entrepreneurs in particular need to focus on #13. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Get mad, then...

  • 3 Strands in the Plot of Your Life

    By Kevin on May 23, 2012

    Great fiction moves characters through a stirring plot. Great writers teach that plot should consist of three strands: external, internal, and relationships. The “external” is the events that happen to a character (or what the character does), the internal is the emotional/intellectual growth of the character, and “relationships” are...

  • Mindmap: Stay Focused in Age of Distraction

    By Kevin on May 16, 2012

    I’m not usually a fan of mindmaps, but this one from Australian company, Learning Fundamentals, is a great summary of tricks to stay focused and productive. It was designed with school kids in mind, but applies to adult knowledge workers too. My favorite tips are: work in focused bursts...

  • Goodbye 9-to-5. Welcome to the New Normal.

    By Kevin on March 19, 2012

    Las Vegas. The Venetian. 5:32am. Did you notice where I’m writing this from, and more importantly, when? Five. Thirty-two. AM.  Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” blares from the speaker overhead. Nope, I haven’t just finished an all-nighter at the tables (although I can hear some hoots and hollers from where I...

  • What Are Your Plans for Tomorrow?

    By Kevin on March 1, 2011

    This is a guest post from John Chancellor and his Teach the Soul blog. Without a purpose, nothing should be done. Marcus Aurelius 121 – 180 My work involves helping people achieve their goals. I want to share an exercise I sometimes use with the people I coach: I...

  • Why George Lucas Says Don’t Go to Film School

    By Kevin on December 15, 2010

    Former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, wrote a fascinating , wide ranging article for Wall Street Journal magazine recently. This passage jumped out at me: When my son wanted to go to undergraduate film school, I called George Lucas, who told him: Don’t go. Learning to make a movie is...

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