Monthly Archives: December 2009

Posts of The Year – 4

This was probably the most fun post of them all this past year and it comes with an update. It was the story of a film four friends made in junior high which was somehow lost and found again. That’s the update – the film (without the original soundtrack which, sadly, remains gone) is now online.  You can view the Treasure of Ralph Moneybags here and you can read the post below.  Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! Continue reading

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Posts of The Year – 3

This post was more personal than a number of the things about which I write.  It’s from my birthday this past Summer and the theme is Courage – the post was entitled “Coraggio” – the Italian word for it.  It’s about having the inner fortitude to challenge things and making decisions based on the truth as it is, not as you want it to be.  Do you? Continue reading

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Posts of The Year – 2

Continuing our look back at the top posts of 2009 is today’s post from April.  I’ve heard from a lot of people who’ve gone to Myrtle that they tried this place and loved it.  I’ve heard from others that they appreciated the basic business lessons Ted demonstrates each day.  Hope you have the chance to get to the restaurant and even if you don’t I hope you learn from Ted.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Posts Of The Year – 1

Here is the post that got the most reads this year and I’m happy it did so because the topic is very personal. It was written on the passing of one of my mentors in business.  The best thing to come of his passing has been the reconnecting I’ve been able to do with a number of former co-workers who took the time to write.

Lots of businesses position themselves as “a family.”  I don’t need to tell you that they really aren’t but I’ve been fortunate enough to get close to that familial feeling twice.  The people who reached out after Mark’s passing were part of the first time.  This was published last July. Continue reading

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Time Off For Good Behavior

It’s almost Christmas and I know many of you will be taking time off from what you do day-to-day in order to relax.  Me too, sort of.  One thing I’ve found is that traffic to this blog (hopefully others as well) drops off a lot during holidays.  Makes sense – this is mostly business-related and who the heck wants to think about business whilst on holiday?

So a few brief things:

Thank you to all of you who read this blog.  If you’re a regular – spread the word.  If you’re not, please let me know what you’d like to see so I can get you back more often.

Thank you to the clients with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working over the last 12 months.  You guys are a lot of the inspiration for the blog.  Howdy and get some rest to clients both continuing and new.  You’re going to need it as we bust our butts to make 2010 a banner year.

Finally, I’m going to repost some of my favorite scribbles over the next week.  Please do check them out and let me know if they hold up as time has passed.  But that’s enough for today.  Let’s grab an egg-nog, fire up the Yule Log, and enjoy!

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Getting Up

Jake LaMotta

After getting the stuffing (OK, I had another word there but this is a family blog) kicked out of him by Sugar Ray Robinson, Robert DeNiro‘s Jake LaMotta character looks him in the eye and says “You didn’t get me down, Ray. You didn’t get me down.” He may have been spitting blood but he wasn’t down. More importantly, although he was hanging on the ropes, he got back up.  You watch that scene from Raging Bull and you wonder – how does any boxer get up after getting beaten to a pulp? I wonder that sometimes as well but not about boxers. Continue reading

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Smart Cars


This will be a brief post because I’m going to let the subject speak for itself. I write a lot about the changing nature of marketing, how smart marketers have realized a few important things have changed, and are acting accordingly. This is a great example of what I mean. Continue reading

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