Project management lessons from Rush, via Phil Simon

Phil Simon is an author of several books, mostly related to the IT world, project management, strategy, and how businesses of all sizes can leverage their own data to achieve better results. In addition, Simon is a consultant, coach, and in-demand speaker. I previously wrote about an anecdote from his book, The New Small. His … Continue reading Project management lessons from Rush, via Phil Simon

How Alan Adler invented the AeroPress, despite repeated failures and numerous rejections

Coffee is important to me. I'll admit I even tend to be somewhat obsessive about it. (For proof, just look at the search results for "coffee" on this blog.) My current rig at home is the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker and it works pretty darn good, grinding the beans immediately before brewing. On … Continue reading How Alan Adler invented the AeroPress, despite repeated failures and numerous rejections

Brian’s Paradox: Your website or blog probably won’t make you any more money, but…

In discussing websites, blogs, and professional branding with many of the professionals and business leaders that I advise, there is a phenomenon that I have observed, which I call Brian's Paradox. The basic concept is this: Your website or blog probably won't make you any more money - there is no guarantee that you will … Continue reading Brian’s Paradox: Your website or blog probably won’t make you any more money, but…

Can the guy that made it cool to sell shoes online reinvent Las Vegas?

Think about it for a second. Shoe companies have failed horribly at standardizing shoe sizes. My feet haven't changed sizes in 20 years, at least, yet the shoes I have bought that fit range in size from “9” all the way to “10 1/2” - nevermind the fact that my Birkenstocks have always been size … Continue reading Can the guy that made it cool to sell shoes online reinvent Las Vegas?

How to (and how not to) respond to criticism as a leader – Evernote vs. Stone Brewing

Submitted for your approval, we have two recent examples of public responses of CEOs to public criticism. In both situations, the criticisms come, not from professional critics, but from actual customers/clients. The companies these CEOs lead: Evernote - the personal productivity app that aims to help people remember everything, and Stone Brewing - the San … Continue reading How to (and how not to) respond to criticism as a leader – Evernote vs. Stone Brewing