Women and Money

I was searching stock photo sites for an appropriate image to include in my blog post Women’s Negotiation of Salaries and discovered a very disturbing trend. As I searched things like "woman negotiating salary", "woman salary", "woman holding money", what came up was a disappointing reminder that we still have very far to go. Apparently, photos of women depict this topic as highly sexual or have … [Read more...]

Women’s Negotiation of Salaries

Failing to negotiate your salary can cost you between $1 million and $1.5 million over your earning lifetime according to a study done by Linda Babcock of Carnegie Mellon University. It is a proven fact that women in this country are being hurt by salary disparities. Why do these happen and what can be done about it? This happens for three reasons:1. Women do not typically negotiate starting or … [Read more...]

#MeToo Movement

I have been asked by several of my clients to address the #metoo movement. We have seen many problems with how we treat women in our society, and I aim to address some of the root causes of the disparity between men and women. By getting to the root of the issue, we can start to effect change. One of the underlying issues is that many believe that women are set up from an early age to value looks … [Read more...]

Creating Your Personal Brand

I have been asked a lot of questions lately about how to build a personal brand. Mainly, what is the difference between a personal brand and digital marketing, do I need a personal brand, and how do I go about doing this? Enter my long-time friend Jennifer McClure. I have known Jennifer for a number of years now, and she has built a very successful speaking business and now travels the world doing … [Read more...]

The Technology of my Runme has Changed My Life

I never thought I would ever buy an electronic gadget that would record my steps or heart rate. I did however receive one for my birthday, and it has actually changed my life. I have been doing strength training for the last 5 years which has changed my health and allowed me to have a better and more healthy life. What I did not know was the positive effects it was having on my sleep, my heart … [Read more...]

Accidental Business Success is No Accident

I know you have heard that many businesses started by someone making a mistake. While this is true the businesses in question did not start because of the mistake. The people involved saw the “mistake” as an opportunity. I offer the following by way of illustration: Bourbon Teflon Microwave Whiskey has been with civilized man for ages. The distillation process is basically the same for all grain … [Read more...]

Is Embracing Technology Necessary?

The short answer to this question is yes. The rest of this blog will explain that. If you do not have any time to read this just go with yes and get back to work. For the rest of you I will illustrate this with two companies. One is Encyclopedia Britannica and the other is a nonexistent track ball company which will not be named for reasons of impropriety. The high-class standard for all … [Read more...]

Passion Makes the Business World Go Around

In all my years of business coaching, counseling, and ownership I have noticed one thing all businesses have in common. They are started from someone’s passion, and people’s passions are different for a very good reason. What resonates with one person is another person’s hell. My first experience with this was playing football in high school. We had guys on the team who were really good, and then … [Read more...]

Pinterest and Engagement

I finally figured out why Pinterest has so much appeal. It hit me as I was eating chicken parmigiana (parmesan) with my family. About bite #8 I realized we had never had this in my home, so I asked where this idea came from. “Pinterest” was the one word answer along with the “you better say something nice fast” look. Being the seasoned husband I am I of course stated with great enthusiasm that … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Business From the Eclipse

The solar eclipse for 2017 is now in the record books, many pairs of sun viewing glasses will now be relegated to the back of drawers or the trash bin, and we have more photographs of this event than we have kitten videos on Facebook. However, I learned a lot about business and marketing as the sun was blotted out by the moon. Why were people so engaged in an event that actually could do nothing … [Read more...]