Tiny houses, big lessons

Over the past few months, I’ve become interested in the new trend of building and living in tiny houses. At this stage in my life, I’m not ready to give everything away and move into a 200-square-foot home; however, the movement promotes many lessons that can be beneficial for anyone, anywhere. Those I’ve taken from…
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Garbage in, garbage out

Our first step to problem solving is almost always the internet and Google. From getting a stain out to starting a business to learning to make the perfect paella, it all starts in that magic toolbar that opens every book and manual under the sun. But have you ever heard that old adage “Garbage in,…
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Stuffed at the goal line

As I write this, we’re still in the middle of the World Cup (minus the U.S. team) while the other football, the one with the funny looking pigskin spheroid, waits in the wings. And I’m reminded of a few clients who, over the years, could learn a lesson from both. Specifically, I’ve noticed a pattern…
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Michigan State Spartans Footbal

You are the program

This phrase hangs above the walkway onto the football field at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. I saw it in a picture back in September and it’s stuck with me ever since. You see, it’s about so much more than football. The successful program isn’t built on one person’s talent. It’s built on the…
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How a restaurant could have turned a catastrophe into an opportunity

A couple of weeks ago my colleague, Megan Lane, wrote about businesses that have problems dealing with marketing campaigns that are “too successful.” This week, my wife and I experienced that situation first-hand. One of our favorite local Chinese restaurant chains offered a “2 Entrees for $10” special in honor of its 10th anniversary. When…
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