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Volume 74: What Raising Kids Taught Me About Running a Company

People think being the boss is easy: you just collect the checks while everyone else does the work. Boy, are they wrong. It’s especially hard to leave the security of a good job to start  your own company with a toddler and a new baby at home, like I did back in 1996. Which takes … Continue reading Volume 74: What Raising Kids Taught Me About Running a Company

Volume 72: Overcoming Culture to Hire

Every company in the industry has a reputation. Recruiters hear it all the time: candidates are totally open for new positions, they’ll go anywhere! Except… they won’t work for Company X, because they can’t stomach that owner’s political beliefs. They won’t go to Company Y, because their friend told them they knew someone that worked … Continue reading Volume 72: Overcoming Culture to Hire

Volume 71: Achieving Goals Through Metrics

This New Year, I want to talk about using metrics to achieve, and judge, progress towards goals. Very simply, you can’t manage what you don’t measure, and as I’ve shared before, an idiot with a plan will often beat a genius without a plan. Measuring What You Want to Manage: This is an area that … Continue reading Volume 71: Achieving Goals Through Metrics

Volume 69: Happy Thanksgiving

In the years that I’ve been doing this newsletter, I’ve taken many approaches to the Thanksgiving article. I’ve used it to relate industry issues to the Dallas Cowboys, who, frankly, have enough of their own issues this year. I’ve sent out plain-Jane “Happy Thanksgiving” cards. I’ve occasionally used it as a soapbox to tell people … Continue reading Volume 69: Happy Thanksgiving