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System Cleanup

System Cleanup

Do This Now for a Better Year Ahead The time between the Christmas holiday and the official first work day of the new year is an ideal time to clean up your computer. We all tend to save too much stuff. We save emails we don’t need. We save files that are way...
Be Careful Out There

Be Careful Out There

Business going well? Everything on track? Sure? It’s time for a reminder. That next big crisis is right around the corner. We won’t see it coming because it won’t look like the last one. It will be new and unexpected. Kaboom. You’re in it. Are...
Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Daily I see overconfidence in business. I see too much faith placed in forecasts. I see big bets placed on anticipated market growth. I see investment in businesses that are near bankruptcy. I see these things because people tend toward certainty. They start with a belief and then look for all evidence supporting that belief while ignoring anything that contradicts that belief.

Partnership Dispute Resolution

Partnership Dispute Resolution

There are many things that can go wrong in a partnership. The consequences of a failed business partnership is often more severe than a divorce. Most states are now “no fault” divorce states. That means you don’t fight out anything in court.

Do It Faster and It Will Take Longer and Cost More

Time is money! Haste makes waste! Early bird gets the worm! Fools rush in… Which is it? Certainly time can be equated with money but the calculation is tricky. Be careful. I recently completed a project with an insanely tight deadline. Imagine having 3 days of...

Stupid Negotiations

I have seen some incredibly stupid moves in negotiations recently. People have walked away from being within a few dollars of a huge win to face the prospect of getting nothing or potentially having to pay a huge sum. Crazy.

Win the Argument or Get What You Want

Win the Argument or Get What You Want

Pay attention and you will be surprised how often you are in a situation to either make your point or get what you want. I see this everyday in business. There’s a decision to be made. Rather than doing the proper work to make the best possible decision (looking at the data, considering the budget, accounting for the impact on people, creating a model) the discussion devolves into some prior sin committed by you or your partner.

Stupid Moves in Negotiations

I have been involved in a lot of negotiating this year. From small companies with internal problems to very large companies unable to close deals. The subject of negotiating is a big topic and not everything can be covered in a single post. But I want to help you with an important, maybe the most important piece in negotiation.

I Am Not Voting in 2016

I refuse to vote in 2016. I’ve heard all the arguments from voting being my “duty” to the need to protect the world from Donald Trump bringing nuclear annihilation to the planet. Bull.