Monthly Archives: December 2011

Posts of the Year – 5

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It’s Friday, so it’s Foodie Fun time.  Since we’re doing the most read posts this week, here is the most read food post along with the business point it inspired.  It was called “Pulpo a la Plancha” after the dish that inspired it.  Enjoy, and have a great New Year!

To end the week, it’s pulpo. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, that’s octopus. I have had pulpo on my mind since dinner last night and since it’s Foodie Friday I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been thinking about.
The Mrs. and I went to a tapas place last evening and there was a special of pulpo a la plancha. I’ll explain what it is in a second but I ended up ordering two plates of it and eating them both by myself. Gluttony? No, just a great business lesson. Continue reading

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Posts of the Year – 4

Here is today’s recap of the year’s most-read posts on the blog and it’s another one featuring a Bill Murray moment.  Unlike yesterday’s, which happened in real life, this one occurred in reel life – “Stripes,” to be specific, and was called “Your Big Toe.”  Enjoy.

I was thinking about this quote this morning:

An army without leaders is like a foot without a big toe. And Sergeant Hulka isn’t always gonna be here to be that big toe for us. I think that we owe a big round of applause to our newest, bestest buddy, and big toe… Sergeant Hulka.

OK, it’s really the tail end of a speech and you’ve all probably seen Stripes enough times to recite it yourself, but for some reason it popped into my head and I wanted to pop it into yours.big toe love

We’d all fall over without them, and I don’t mean the ones on our feet.  I mean the folks who provide the stability in our lives.  The subordinates who make us look good, the friends who pick us up when we’re down, the loved ones who hug us until we feel better.  Heck, as long as we’re appreciating appendages, let’s send some love to the bosses that recognize we have lives beyond work, dreams that work make possible, and treat us like humans, not employees.

So today’s brief note is nothing profound, just a thank you to all the big toes in my life and some encouragement to you to do the same to yours.

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Posts of the Year – 3

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This post was written after the one of the many recent updates done by Facebook.  It was called “Failbook” and I was not happy about what they’d done. I’m not any happier now with the timeline, the news stream on the right, etc.  Are you?  Anyway, read on for a rant and a business lesson.

Unless you’re in a cave someplace or have abandoned it for Google+, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook did an overhaul last night.  I logged in this morning and while I’ll admit I’m not the brightest guy in the world, I was thoroughly confused.  Many of the new features are clearly designed to compete with things found on Google+ and Twitter, such as circles.  For those of you struggling to make sense of the new layout, Gizmodo did a nice job color-coding everything in a cheat sheet.

I’m a believer in continuous improvement.  I’m not a believer in keeping up with the Joneses.  Here’s why. Continue reading

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Top Posts of the Year – 2

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The next most-read post of the year was inspired by a win on the PGA Tour.  It had to do with doing your best while not losing sight of having fun at the same time.  Not that any of us ever get so caught up in the heat of battle that we break golf clubs or telephones…


If you’ve ever held a golf club, you’ve watched the movie Caddyshack.  More than once.  In fact, if you play golf you probably have had something from the  movie quoted to you at least once during every round.  I know a lot of you who don’t play the game know the movie as well.  Hopefully all of you were watching yesterday as Carl Spackler Bill Murray won the Pro-Am part of the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach.  This is not the typical one-day thing – it’s four rounds at three of the toughest (and most beautiful) golf courses in the country.  Strangely, there was a business lesson involved.  Did you catch it? Continue reading

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Top Posts of the Year

Since this is a slow week for most of us, I’m going to use it to review the most-read posts of 2011.  I’m going to start with a post that actually was written in 2010 but through the long-tail seems to have been read a lot over the past year as well.  The inspiration was a piece on Milli Vanilli, the infamous muscial duo, and it deals with being authentic.  In reading the piece again, I’m struck by how little things have changed since I’ve written it.  But you tell me.

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“It’s not about being authentic anymore, it’s about entertaining,” says the man whose Grammy for best new artist was revoked 20 years ago — the only take-back in Recording Academy history.  That’s a quote from an article this morning in USA Today which I thought was about more than music.  In fact, if you read between the lines, there are some great business lessons in there which have nothing to do with making music! Continue reading

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Seven Fishes

Our Foodie Friday theme today is La Vigilia, the Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  Now what, you might ask, does a nice Jewish boy know about such things?  Well, having spent a great deal of my youth around my best friend’s Italian mother and grandmother while they cooked, I know quite a bit.  I know that they started to prepare this feast several days in advance, as they put salt cod into water to hydrate it (there was a running battle about using milk to do that).  I know that they spent many hours over the subsequent days preparing all manner of seafood – fried, broiled, and baked.  And I know that it all was mind-blowingly good.

There’s one thing I didn’t know, and still don’t, about the Feast:  what does it represent?  Everyone knows it came as a southern Italian tradition and there are lots of theories about the number 7.  But apparently no one knows for sure and that’s the business point to end the week. Continue reading

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How To Set A Goal

This is a time of the year when there is a lot of focus on what we don’t have.  How else does one make a wish list without thinking about what we’d like but don’t own?  Wishful thinking is a good thing as long as it’s grounded in reality.  I mean, your kid may want you to buy them a functioning light saber along with a robot opponent with which to joust, but light sabers don’t exist, at least not of the sort that the kid might see in the Star Wars movie.  May the force be with you as you explain that.

It’s a point we business folks need to keep in mind as well – both with respect to our wants as well as to our fears. Continue reading

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