The Character Conundrum

n business it’s rare to discuss character. It’s not tangible. It holds no cash value. It plays no part in budgetary meetings. It’s not bantered around at board meetings when discussing clients and suppliers. It’s not sexy like “scaling” the business. It’s not looked for in job interviews. It’s just not there – anymore. Character used to be a foundation of business. It’s the reason business was done with a handshake and not a twenty page operating agreement. Being a native Texan, it’s the reason Texans wanted to know you and your family before doing business with you. Character used to be a reigning principle of business.

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Landlocked? Discover 4 Internal Allies to Help You Break Free

I hate to admit this to you but it’s true. There is one day out of the year I know in advance that I am going to have a bad attitude. It may sound trite but it involves an annual event here in Phoenix where I live; it’s The Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Don’t get me wrong, I love fitness. I myself have competed in many races and fully support my friends and family who participate in the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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The Lessons of Partnerships

Here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way being in partnerships (some will sound rudimentary; but, how often do we as entrepreneurs forget the simple things) and how to tell when not to enter into a partnership or when the partnership has turned toxic. Hopefully, you can glean some nuggets of value from my past experiences (this list is in no particular order).

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Know When To Fold ’Em

Every business has cycles. Since I have been in the business world (from way back in 1995), I’ve seen numerous cycles run through numerous industries. The industry I was heavily involved in, real estate, took a major hit in 2006 – 2007 with the real estate meltdown. Like many, I was involved in the dot-com bubble in 2000 – 2002, when dot-coms littered the barren stock market landscape. I watched the web hosting industry meltdown in 2008 – 2010. Now I’m watching as we are in the midst of the large ad / marketing agency meltdown.

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Learn How to Break Out of a Victim Mindset and Take Back Your Power

We all live in a fallen world filled with setbacks and disappointments. No one is exempt from failures and let downs and none of us are immune from pulling the victim card. A helpful key for you to avoid using the victim card is to see your life as a character in a book. Read your story in such a way to recognize warning signals alerting you to the fact that you may be operating from a victim mindset.

Everyone has a story to tell. Some live out their story in anger to retaliate against an alleged perpetrator, some tell their story to receive sympathy, others to get attention, and then there are the discerning ones who tell their story to get help and experience wholeness.

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Vision Board? Really?

Just the other day I had someone ask if I had a vision board. It got me thinking – wow, have we really cycled back around to late 70’s early 80’s motivational tactics? Don’t get me wrong, I get the power of a vision board; but, is it really powerful without knowing your “why?” I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a vision board. Not that I have no vision, it’s just that the vision I have is something that doesn’t pin up nice and neat on a cork board next to my iMac.

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The Blessing of Guidance

Yesterday I had an amazing blessing. To think that a young man about to turn 30 would come to my home office to ask for guidance was both humbling and scary. He is not your “average Joe.” No, he is charismatic, smart, driven, caring and searching. He, like many of us, reached the point where he was searching for deeper meaning in his business life; he was teetering on the moment when he was going to determine his true career path – corporate life or entrepreneur. He has all the potential to be an amazing entrepreneur and I know he will be.

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Business Through a Child’s Eyes

As a Dad who works from home, I sometimes have the opportunity of my seven year old daughter, Faith, being at home while I am working. The other day she made an observation that hit me deep “Dad, you don’t smile as much when you’re working.” It got me thinking that evening – what would business be like through the eyes of a seven year old. I thought back over the past three years on situations I have dealt with as an entrepreneur that closely mirrored those that Faith has dealt with at school. I came to the following conclusions:

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Letting Go To Move On

There Frank Lopo and I were at Einsteins over a bagel and orange juice having a fantastic business philosophy conversation when we reached a topic many entrepreneurs find difficult to discuss. Both Frank and I agreed, it’s one of the hardest pills to swallow as a business owner – letting go to move on.

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