What are the strategies and tactics behind 2017’s Best Construction Blog?

Mark Buckshon’s wonderfully rich blog, Construction Marketing Ideas, is in my humble opinion, perhaps the best resource there is for growing businesses in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Every day, without fail, a new post is published that provides actionable advice, provokes thought, or forces one to question their own previously held assumptions. And … Continue reading What are the strategies and tactics behind 2017’s Best Construction Blog?

Do Scientists really need their own social network?

Science is hard work. However, science is arguably among the most critical pursuits of humanity — one might even be so bold as to claim that along with the arts, science represents the very manifestation of our humanity.

The roots of scientific exploration and study lie not so much within the individual accomplishments of any single person, despite the emphasis we put on truly exceptional individuals like the Einsteins and Hawkings of the world. I propose that it is instead the community of scientists, rather, that really shape our understanding of the world around and within us. For without other scientists to parse the General Theory of Relativity, how else would Einstein have become such a household name?

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In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything

Maintaining work-life balance is a frequent theme in the modern world that is a direct result of incredible advances in personal technology and mass adoption of those tools. High availability to corporate networks break down the formal walls that once separated work from home. Continue reading “In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything”

Gary Vaynerchuk’s keynote talk on the future of A/E/C business development at PCBC 2014

I’m a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk and have been following his work for the better part of a decade. If you’re like most people, you might be thinking to yourself, “Who is Gary Vaynerchuk?” The short version: Gary took his family’s liquor store from $3M per year to over $60M per year by leveraging social media to establish himself as a leading expert in his field. Continue reading “Gary Vaynerchuk’s keynote talk on the future of A/E/C business development at PCBC 2014”

“Google+ is no ghost town. It is more of a social referral graveyard.”

Last week I was in San Francisco to attend the 2014 PCBC event for home builders. While walking to the Moscone Center from Blue Bottle Coffee, I saw that the line was wrapped around Moscone and was worried I would be waiting hours to get in. Turns out, the line was actually for the Google … Continue reading “Google+ is no ghost town. It is more of a social referral graveyard.”

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…

WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg on the intrinsic value of blogging (worth reading)

Matt Mullenweg, the genius behind WordPress, is a very cool guy. (Besides his penchant for renting awesome cars while on the road promoting WordPress, and long-time love of America’s most important art form, he has done a lot of amazing things for other people, as evidenced by this profile by the Houston Chron – his … Continue reading WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg on the intrinsic value of blogging (worth reading)

Customers first? Employees first? Or both? The challenge of re-humanizing business in 2014

The “Re-humanization of business” is something I think, speak and write about a lot. In a nutshell the concept is really simple — beginning around the middle of last century, business shifted from one human connecting with another to a faceless unfeeling corporate marketplace, and now that trend is reversing, requiring companies big and small … Continue reading Customers first? Employees first? Or both? The challenge of re-humanizing business in 2014

How to grow your professional service firm in just 10 minutes or less each day

Writing for OpenForum, Dorie Clark posted a great rundown of small steps people can take in just a few minutes each day to improve their business: We all know we should devote more time to building our brands, both personal and corporate. Blogging, tweeting or becoming the president of the professional association would all be … Continue reading How to grow your professional service firm in just 10 minutes or less each day