Calendar equals commitment

  • by Tom Larsen | Apr 08, 2015 |
  • Marketing, Operations, Organization, Planning, Product Development, Sales |

People who have lots of stuff on their calendars achieve things. People who keep it in their head or in disparate places they don’t see every day don’t achieve as many things.


Our Favorite Things From CES 2014

  • by Tom Larsen | Jan 15, 2014 |
  • Marketing, Product Development, Uncategorized |

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year featured some impressive offerings of new products from giants like Audi (laser beam headlights—as if they’re not blindingly bright enough already) and LG with its stylishly curved TV screen. These product innovations seem to offer more of a “cool factor” than any useful improvements to the … Continue reading Our Favorite Things From CES 2014


7 Ways Your Business Can Beat Walmart

  • by Tom Larsen | Dec 10, 2013 |
  • Marketing |

Finding your competitive advantage A friend of mine recently relocated his retail business from one end of town to the other. Aside from relocating to street with more foot traffic, he explained that he wanted to get his store “as far away from Walmart as possible”. On the face of it, that seems like a … Continue reading 7 Ways Your Business Can Beat Walmart


Divide Your Labor and Prosper

  • by Jeff Haines | Oct 23, 2013 |
  • Operations, Organization |

Published in 1776, British philosopher Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations that labor is most productive when it is divided into simple, discrete actions. Even in the manufacture of simple products, such as a wooden chair, the division of labor improves productivity dramatically. The simpler the task to be performed, the more productive … Continue reading Divide Your Labor and Prosper


15 Ways To Get Yourself Motivated

  • by Jeff Haines | Oct 14, 2013 |
  • Operations, Organization |

Is every morning a like a Monday Morning to you? If it’s hard to get yourself going in the morning, sometimes a stiff cup of coffee isn’t enough to do the job. Solo entrepreneurs complain of the tedious “Bottle Washer” jobs they must complete in their startup.  Salespeople need more “Yes” when their day is filled … Continue reading 15 Ways To Get Yourself Motivated


Entrepreneurs Play Midfield

  • by Jeff Haines | Sep 25, 2013 |
  • Operations, Organization |

Last Saturday as I watched my son’s lacrosse game, I empathized with the players in one particular position. While the defense and goalie were required to stay on the half of the field where their goal was located and the attack positions play near the opponent’s goal, the midfielders were allowed (and expected) to roam … Continue reading Entrepreneurs Play Midfield