Prelude: A Void I grew up in the shadows of greatness, as if it once resided here but now was gone, long gone. The rot and decay we sensed throughout the tumult of the ‘70s was echoed in the rot and decay we experienced firsthand with our baseball team. Chicago itself seemed to be […]
“The Cubs are chokers. Always have been, always will be.” Next year, baby! “The Flubs will never win the World Series. I don’t know how you can support a team that hasn’t won a championship in eons.” C’mon, give it a rest. I grow weary of your childish comments. “The Cubs suck. 1969, 1984, 2003…you’ll […]
Life doesn’t always go the way you want it to go. Sometimes you make plans that go asunder, sometimes you make no plans and succeed fabulously, and sometimes you have to scramble at the last moment to do something, say, give away tickets to a sporting event. So take a wild guess as to this […]
As you may or may not know, we are incubating a rapidly growing company in our office. Fun stuff. And while this may be a bit of an exaggeration, they seem to have a new hire every week. If you want to know how we put that company together, and it is a cool story, […]
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The entire world is asking – for a job, for money, for advice, for time – and as a result, all of that asking becomes background noise. Eardrum buzz. Instead of doing what everyone else does, do something different. Offer something. Professionals selling products and services often run into the buzz saw of the eardrum buzz. […]
Last week I was fortunate enough to make a presentation to a professional networking group at the University Club in Chicago. Since I am a firm believer in short, terse, pithy titles, I called the darn thing, “How to Avoid being Networked to Death and Instead Do Things That Open Doors.” And then on the next […]
Business owners and executives are busy people. We get it. Often they are inundated with phone calls from pests and idiots of every persuasion. As a result, receptionists are often charged with screening out the dolts. The problem? The receptionists actually are screening out EVERYONE. Here’s an open letter to owners and executives everywhere. Dear […]
By Bill Snow Eskimos, if we are to believe an old cliché, have dozens (if not hundreds) of words for “snow.” The business world, especially the world of buying and selling and investing in companies probably has a few dozen (if not hundreds) of words for “no.” Let’s take a look at some of them. […]