Habitual Success

Habitual Success

As we dive into the New Year, there are thousands of blogs, posts, articles, and books about planning and strategy that you can read that would be really helpful to you and your business. But this isn’t that. Nor is this a blog post about making or keeping New Year’s resolutions, although if I were going to make a resolution, … Read More

Talk is Cheap, But It Can Cost You

Talk is Cheap

If I were to ask 100 people their most important advice on Leadership, I’d get 100 different answers. Perhaps no topic in the world is more common and less understood than Leadership. All 100 answers may be excellent, but none are really ever complete. While we can’t solve that problem here, we can discuss one leadership trait that’s been on … Read More

The Magic of the Buc-ee’s Brand

The Magic of Buc-ees

I really don’t care much for Halloween. Ghosts and goblins and magic spells just aren’t my scene. October is my birth month, and here in South Louisiana the weather begins to cool down a bit, so I do love this time of year with football, the World Series, satsumas, and boiled peanuts. But you can have the hocus pocus. I … Read More

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership opportunities

People are starving for true leadership. In the absence of it, they tend to follow anyone with a microphone, and that can lead to some pretty screwed up situations. Just take a look around you. Where do you see true leadership? Where do you see the posers? The good news is that this void of quality leadership means that true … Read More

Leadership Problems

leadership problems

I remember standing next to US Army (ret) General “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf, the leader of the US invasion of Iraqi during Desert Shield, before his address to a crowd of McDonald’s agency people back in 1993. He was a big barrel-chested guy and he held command even in a suit and tie. He was jovial, full of life, and seemed … Read More

The Secret to Productivity – Part 3

Productivity 3

Learning how to slow down and think it through is counter-intuitive for the American worker. In the advertising business, we have to be creative, which is impossible without slowing down and thinking it through. Yes, we’re naturally talented at coming up with ideas and exercising creativity, but truly good creative (we use that word as a noun in our biz) … Read More

Where the BRAND Begins

Where the brand begins

In a recent coaching session, we were discussing the client’s brand. He’s the CEO of a company with more than 25 years of success. The conversation was focused on his marketing department and its activity. “Our marketing department has done most of the work building our brand,” he said, “but I’m not sure our executive team really understands what our … Read More