Cookouts & Fireworks, Provided by Stars & Stripes

Surely this weekend you will find yourself cooking out and enjoying fireworks. Hopefully amongst your friends and family will also be a proudly flown American flag. In the middle of all the mayhem, take a moment to gaze at the Stars and Stripes, considering what they mean. The Continental Congress approved the first flag on […]

#GraduationAdviceIn3Words

The hashtag #GraduationAdviceIn3Words was trending on Twitter this morning and was full of sarcastic jokes. I love a good joke (and am known to be sarcastic at times) but I felt compelled to offer some actual useful advice and it just kept rolling out. Someone suggested to put them all in one place, so here […]

Christmas Commercial

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we can tend to over commercialize Christmas. It happens to all of us.  Maybe it’s those cute whatevers we thoughtfully buy for our kids or friends… Or that too-good-to-pass-up “doorbuster” deal that positions how much we save instead of how much we spend… Or the money we spend […]

Business (and Life) Lessons from the World Cup (and my Dad & Son)

In watching the World Cup and my son’s traveling soccer games, I’ve come to realize that a look at the basic differences between offense and defense gives insight on human behavior and personalities that we can all use in business, as well as life in general. In this exercise, players on offense might be executives, marketers, salespeople, creatives […]

Literary Agent List

I often get asked by new or aspiring authors at conventions or over social networks if they can submit a manuscript or proposal. Like most companies in the creative arts, we do accept submissions but only through agents and attorneys (or colleagues) with whom we already do business. This is really in the best interest […]

Top 3 Advice on Social Media

I was recently encouraged to share what is working for me in social media, and I immediately thought “Me? Why?!” I am honestly just starting to feel less awkward in social media, but maybe that in and of itself might qualify me to offer some help. So, here are my three best points of advice: […]

Learning Scalability

This past Easter weekend I was at my in-laws, and on Saturday I woke up before the others and began making myself a cappuccino. Just as I finished my best barista prep, my wife walked into the kitchen so I gave her that one and started another for me. As I neared the completion of […]

The Caterpillar that Killed the War Machines

When he was young, my son used to call them “callapitters,” but in this case, I’m not referring to the little creatures with multiple legs. I’m talking about the big yellow construction and earthmoving trucks. I’m referring here, to Caterpillar, Inc. Maybe they’re called Caterpillar because of the incredible metamorphosis they underwent when transforming from […]

The Pain of Change

Change is hard. If you’re the change agent, it’s difficult to change the “old guard,” who are “set in their ways,” and “don’t get where it’s all going.” And, if you’re one of the ones they’re trying to change, it’s most certainly difficult, with those “newfangled big shots” who seem like “all hat and no […]

App Apprehension

Did you happen to see the Pew Research released this week that showed people open less than five apps per week? And, Nielson data shows that one in five of the top 50 apps every month is new to the list, meaning consumers are constantly presented “discoverable” new apps. (Discoverable, meaning that they don’t have […]