May 23, 2013 Steve Kayser
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them.
- From “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon
January 3, 2013 Steve Kayser
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler
I heard a couple of acquaintances talk about a person they work with that was “older” and no longer contributing to their business. This person apparently couldn’t, or wouldn’t, learn new skills. Or, for that matter, even keep up with the skill-set needed for the job. Age was mentioned, and not favorably. They thought this person should be “put out to pasture.”
April 22, 2013 Steve Kayser
Recent world events that have brought such overwhelming tragedy and negativity can make us spiral downward, creating despairing attitudes and dismal spirits. These affect our work. We’re less productive. We miss our sales goals. We wander away from family and friends. How do we get back on track? Find. Focus. Finish.
January 2, 2013 Steve Kayser
Too short. Too fat. Too dumb. No Imagination. No creativity. No skills. Face for radio. Voice for print. Too macho. Too Wimpy. Too lady-like. Too butch. Too bald. Too much fuzzy hair. Wrong color. Wrong race. Wrong sex. Out of his depth in a parking lot puddle. Neanderthal brain in a Cro-Magnon body. And … just who in the “H–E-doubLe-hockey-sticks” do you think you are?
November 14, 2012 Steve Kayser
“He is one of those uncommon geniuses which spring up occasionally to produce revolutions, and overturn the established order of things. If it were not for the vicinity of the United States, he would, perhaps, be the founder of an empire that would rival in glory Mexico or Peru.”
William Henry Harrison – 1811
September 4, 2012 Steve Kayser
In every person’s life, there is a still, small voice that tries to guide you to a wonderful calling − a destiny. Your destiny. A calling that you, and only you, were put on this earth to fulfill. Near silent, this voice is powerful enough to lift thoughts, dreams and visions to a higher ground. Do you still hear it?
March 15, 2012 Steve Kayser
The word enchantment, in my mind, evokes a mystical musical imagery. Like a smooth jazz tune. Alluring, mellifluous, melodious, harmonious … almost magical. So I played one last rip-tripping riff on the keys. A simple reverie – an out-take. One take. No thinking. Just riffing. Thought it sounded like a knuckle-dragging nose-honker when I played it. I was going to dump it – until I heard the playback.
March 10, 2013 Steve Kayser
To win at the complex sale, one must be a storyteller, master strategist, philosopher, psychologist and have an innate understanding of the B2B Goldilocks Universe …
October 26, 2012 Steve Kayser
It sneaks up on you. Subtly. Like the floor after your 4th shot of tequila. Next thing you know? Prevaricating, blasphemous, smellfungus ninnyhammer all-foam no-beer mooncalfs are calling you a jerk. Quickly followed by a public JERK INTERVENTION. I know. It happened to me. Don’t let it happen to you.
February 28, 2013 Steve Kayser
The old man was singled out by the crowd at a family get together. Dressed in bib overalls, worn T-shirt and a past prime denim cap. He was a hard-working farmer. It showed. The crowd urged him on…
“Come on old man, play! Bring out the third hand.”
August 27, 2012 Steve Kayser
Ever wonder about celebrities, politicians and others who have huge numbers following them on Twitter? How do they amass those big numbers – millions of followers? I used to think about it occasionally. Not that I was jealous. I mean I rocketed up to 10 followers and held steady there for three straight years.
August 9, 2012 Steve Kayser
Do you have truth tellers in your life? Do you have people around you who give you feedback and are honest with you?
October 23, 2012 Steve Kayser
There’s a war going on in American business. It’s a war that causes great ideas and products to vanish. To get lost in the clear fog of logical logic. A devastatingly destructive war that helps bad ideas take root and flourish (albeit briefly) justified by common sense and … logical logic. It’s Left-Brain Management vs. Right-Brain Marketing.
What does that mean? How does it work? What to do about it? Find out in this interview with bestselling authors Al and Laura Ries.
July 24, 2012 Steve Kayser
I was going to start off with, “What’s it like to sell 28-million copies of Rich Dad Poor Dad?”‘ but I won’t. because it’d probably bore you to tears. You served as a marine helicopter gunship pilot in Vietnam, winning an air award medal, how did that …
October 12, 2012 Steve Kayser
To win at the complex sale, one must be a storyteller, strategist, master tactician, cajoler, evaluator, philosopher, psychologist, bean counter and often, magician. But what about a really complex sale? Like selling your story to Hollywood and getting it made into a film? Find out with Pen Densham whose films include; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft, Moll Flanders, Rocky II and Houdini. The films and television series Pen Densham and his partner have produced have grossed over $1 billion.
September 25, 2012 Steve Kayser
Is there a magic formula that can enable you to put your feet up in a chair, daydream and think of ideas that can change everything for you? In business and life? Yes, it’s “4 I’s > C2.” Features interview with Joey Reiman, author of “Thinking for a Living.”
February 23, 2012 Steve Kayser
Having seen hundreds of business presentations and given a stinky few myself, there are a few things I wish someone would have taught me in kindergarten. Seven things or “New Rules” of business presentations to be precise. I pass these on to anyone new to the dreaded gauntlet of the business presentation or any grizzled veterans who want to walk on the wild side and shake things up. Avoid lying-flying “Stink-o-potamus” presentation status. Use the principle of “Creative Limitation.”
December 10, 2012 Steve Kayser
To win at business or life, adversity has to be encountered, faced, fought and defeated. There is no other way. No options. You either beat it, or it beats you. Win, or you lose. Simple. Right?
No. Never. It’s never black and white. Never win or lose. Something always bleeds over. Always. Sometimes good – sometimes bad. Sometimes funny – sometimes sad. Most times a little of both. This is one such story.
June 27, 2012 Steve Kayser
He was 32 years old, earning $1,000,000 per year and 3rd in line to take over leadership of a $70 billion dollar company. Three years later he was sitting in prison making 12 cents an hour. Then … something amazing happened. The sublime beauty and redemptive cleansing of a second chance.
August 10, 2012 Steve Kayser
It’s the second most clicked on page on most websites. That’s valuable real estate. You need your best foot forward. Can you guess what it is? Don’t cheat. Think. Don’t look right below this sentence where the answer is. Think really hard. Give up? It’s the …
May 27, 2012 Steve Kayser
Out of the box thinking. How many times have you heard that? What does it mean? It’s supposed to connote creative thinking. But what happens if you stay in the box… and make it smaller?
May 22, 2012 Steve Kayser
Do the Work is a shut up and do-it guide. It treads some of the same turf as the “War of Art.” It fights the intractable, implacable, insidious foe of mankind –Resistance. But it’s also an indispensable guide to winning at business or life.
January 7, 2013 Steve Kayser
“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” – H.G. Wells.
Queasy easy? Stop here.
This is a true story. It’s graphic. Reality is rough. Truth is tough. So if you get queasy easy, stop here.
This story describes a complex melding of, and interplay between, some spectacular people, processes and technologies that combine to create a real-life, dynamic human organism. An organism that breathes, reacts, corrects, heals and cures. And, it’s powered by the …
November 8, 2012 Steve Kayser
You know the company. It’s yours, or may have been. An industry leader. Once. Competitors emulate it. Analysts preach the company gospel. The CEO’s mug is on every magazine cover. Stock prices soar above the Milky Way. Then
Why? Donald N. Sull, Harvard Business School Press author of “Revival of The Fittest: Why Good Companies Go Bad and How Great Managers Remake Them” answers that question in an easy-to-read “Shoot the Donkey” – style interview format, combining theory, real-life examples and practical advice.