Goals

This past summer, I took my boys on a cross-country road trip.  We drove from New Jersey, cross-country to Yellowstone National Park, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon (North and South Rims), and through Texas to Florida, and then back to good old New Jersey. beyond by Genista, on Flickr […]
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Why business ain’t like playing Monopoly

Watching TV late at night and learning how to flipping houses, might lead you to think that real business seems a lot like playing Monopoly(tm). After all, the object of Monopoly is to buy as many properties as you can and end the game with the most money. Sounds like a sound formula for early retirement, […]
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How to measure progress

What’s your goal? How can you measure progress towards meeting your goal? These are practical questions – not only does every business person need goals, but they also need to measure progress. I’ll give you a simple example. I’m blogging. My current goal is to get people to read my blog. I measure my performance […]
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Using OmniFocus

I’m a big fan of OmniFocus for iPad.  Teaching classes, running an academic department, performing research, blogging, not to mention leading a large family and being active in my community, I keep busy.  And I’ve tried a lot of different organizers.  I’ve tried hand organizers (I had two Palms), cell-phone organizers (terrible), Windows programs (I […]
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New blog: Freaking Important

I’m experimenting with a new blog, which I called Freaking Important.  This is a productivity blog. The title come from Stephen M. Covey, who says that we should focus on the “important” things, and not just the “urgent.” Anyway, I’m using the blog to clean out my backlog on the ol’ to-do list. I had […]
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Most new businesses fail

Unfortunately, most new businesses fail. Inevitably, the product isn’t quite what the customer is looking for, or the price is too low to make a profit, or the price is too high, or supplies are limited, or an ex runs away with the cash box, or the rent becomes unaffordable, a competitor learns how to do […]
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Take advantage of your constraints

Typically a body-builder would focus on whichever muscle is weakest, and work, work, work that muscle until it is strong. So, too, for the entrepreneur.  You should know all about your business’s challenges and constraints, isolate them, and focus on them.  This is where you will make the most progress. Suppose that your business is […]
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