Sharpen your axe

This past week was our spring break, and while it was no “break”, meaning it was as hectic as ever, there was time to get away.  Today, returning to the up-early-workout-drop-kids-at-school-fight-traffic grind, I’m reminded of this story, which you may have heard:

Once upon a time there were two men

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7 ways to lead by serving

Ask 10 people what “leadership” looks like and you’re likely to get 10 answers.  Ask me, and I’ll tell you to lead by serving. But how do you do that?  Isn’t “leading” all about getting out in front, giving orders, taking command, making the hard decisions, getting dirty, and all … Keep reading >>>

The small business turnaround is painful and rewarding

The Turnaround

You haven’t lived as a business owner / entrepreneur until you’ve done the turnaround.  Starting a new company is exciting, but turning around the business that you started and somehow let get away is mind-boggling.  In getting through the turnaround, you are simultaneously admitting that you’ve totally messed up what … Keep reading >>>

Is your startup a pain killer or a vitamin?

The first time I started a company, the co-founder and I had some very good reasons for starting it:

We wanted to be our own bosses!  We…well, that was about it.

That was way back in 1999. Thirteen years later, that company we originally started was acquired.  Not your average … Keep reading >>>

So You Wanna Bootstrap Your Startup?

I’m a mentor at @ATDC, the tech startup incubator at Georgia Tech. If you’re starting up a business in Georgia, you should check out ATDC. I spoke at a Lunch ‘n’ Learn recently on the topic of “bootstrapping.” In all the hype and press and especially this week in … Keep reading >>>