Courtesy of H. Kopp Delaney

How to Stay Relevant in Business and Life … Forever?

February 1, 2014

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.”

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The New Employee … Partner in Purpose?

June 15, 2013

What type of employee would YOU want to help you in a startup? Or in growing a business? In a struggling business? Certainly someone with drive and…

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I’m a Recovering Jerkaholic

October 26, 2012

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.

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Perfect Isn’t the Enemy of Good Writing – But Social Signals Might be (Gifographic)

January 31, 2014

Good writers (in business or for pleasure) focus on telling their story the best they can. But guess what? Anymore that’s not enough. If you want your content, your product, your story to be found you need to understand social signals and their impact on search engine rankings.

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How to Write a Successful Company “Selfie” Page

December 3, 2013

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 …

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An Inconvenient Genius

February 12, 2014

How often has one person affected humanity to such a degree that were the fruits of his labor withdrawn immediately from our day-to-day existence, the world as we know it … would essentially stop?

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Left, Right and No-Brainers…
The Management vs. Marketing War

October 23, 2012

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.

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The Most Important Thing I Have Learned
Interview with “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Author Robert Kiyosaki

July 24, 2012

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 …

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The Business Writer’s Life:
How a Masterpiece Gets Turned into a Disasterpiece

October 15, 2013

Writing for a living is a tough job – depending on your perspective. This was used in a presentation for some business writers. It’s a quick, empathetic, realistic road-map to how a writing masterpiece gets turned into a “disasterpiece.” And what to take from it?

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How to Create and Finish Anything:
Read Steven Pressfield’s “Do the Work”

August 22, 2013

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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.

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The Explosive New Reality Show … Content

September 28, 2013

The question is … how do you connect through the chaotic cacophony and conflagration of content?

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“Two Sets of Three,” Best Advice in Business or Life Ever?

December 17, 2013

What’s the best advice ever given to you in business and life?

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How to Cost Justify a Responsive Design Website
(or any Marketing/PR Campaign) to Your Boss

November 19, 2013

When cost-justifying a responsive design web project , aa marketing or PR campaign to your CFO or Boss … make sure your math DOESN’T add up.

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How to Royally Screw Up Your Social Sharing Numbers

July 19, 2013

It takes a big person to public admit a social media publishing mistake. I’m big … but not that big..

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How Fake Are Your Twitter Followers?

August 27, 2012

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.

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Great Leaders GROW – Interview with Bestselling Author Dr. Ken Blanchard

May 10, 2012

Successful leaders don’t rest on their laurels. Leadership has to be a living process, not a title, not a business card. “The path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth. Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.

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Why Do Some Ideas Stick … and Others Stink?

December 3, 2013

Featuring an interview with Dan Heath, Co-Author of the New York Times Bestselling book, “Made to Stick.”

Why do some ideas spread like wildfire while others sprout and die out? Why do some great ideas, with world-altering potential, die on the vine – never to grace us with their fruit?

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Robert McKee’s “Principle of Creative Limitation,” Stays Inside the Box

May 27, 2012

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?

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The Power of Resistance: Lessons Learned from Bestselling Author Steven Pressfield

February 25, 2012

I’ve had the good fortune to interview and work with many great storytellers over the last few years.  J.D. Meier, program manager for Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices team, and author of the “Sources of Insight”blog, asked me what the most important lessons I’d learned from the high-profile “working” writers and storytellers … the ones who actually make a living doing it.

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The White Knight of the Dark Knight
Interview with Hollywood Producer Michael Uslan

June 16, 2012

It started when he was a young boy. An obsession to right a terrible wrong. The Batman that played on television in his youth was a far cry from the original Batman comic books. It was joke. In his mind the real Batman was being dissed – comically. The young man made up his mind that someday he would avenge the Batman. And he did.

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Real-World Marketing Muck-ups…
Is That Manure Stick You Have On?

September 13, 2012

Is there any more expensive way to throw away money with such arrogant disregard for common sense? Or, to do it with such condescending, confounding, disparate, and creative personalities?


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