Lessons from a Laser Beam

Lessons from a Laser Beam

When I was a kid, I used to play with my grandpa’s magnifying glass. He used it to read the fine print. I used it to, well, to learn important life lessons. After looking at every book or photograph in detail, I got bored.  After all, I was only six, so I did what any industrious six-year old boy would … Read More

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 Next Thing

The Next Thing

I’ve sort of been avoiding writing this post. While I want to address my blog followers, friends and clients here in South Louisiana, I also want to be sure that what I write is encouraging and useful for everyone. I confess that I’ve had a tough time getting to that point. The Great Flood of 2016 is an unprecedented time … Read More

Leadership Qualities

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Passivity is rampant. True leadership is in rare supply.  But that means that true leadership stands out. If you were to ask someone what the qualities of leadership are, you may get a variety of answers. The list is long, and most would be the typical answers: strong, dedicated, brave, committed, persuasive, etc. I agree! But I think there is … 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

Five Company Killers You Never Saw Coming

5 company killers

“As a business owner, entrepreneur, or company leader, I have my proverbial thumb on the pulse of my company. I know when it’s doing well and when it’s not.” I remember when I used to think like that. Then there was the company that was rocking along making good money, with happy employees and a great list of clients that … 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

Marketing Strategy- Real or Counterfeit?

Marketing strategy

I’ve heard that years ago the Department of the Treasury’s Secret Service did not teach their agents (the famed “G-men”) how to identify counterfeit bills—at least not at first. Instead, they would teach them how to identify the real thing. Agents would study the real designs, paper, and ink with painstaking detail so that the tiny nuances that make the … Read More