Franchising Really Does Give Back

“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something.  Then I realized, I am somebody.”  author unknown. For the last 15 years, I have had the privilege of volunteering with a local charity at Christmas time.  Share Our Selves is a social services organization that, among its many great works, does Adopt-A-Family every year. This year, we […]

Balancing Vacations and Franchisees

“ Summer time and the livin’ is easy…” Oh, Ira Gershwin knew of what he spoke!  It is summer and the sun, warm breezes, clear skies and long days call a siren’s song to us all.  Office staff is peeling off for vacation and well-deserved rest. But what about your franchisees?  Does the business model […]

Women, Leadership and Franchising

Women in business – that used to be a radical phrase and when I say “used to be” I am referring to my teens.  Now, women are ubiquitous in Western businesses.  Some, like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, have gone on to great notoriety and made the leap from business to politics and back again.  […]

A Shoe-shopping Love/Hate Story

Men will never understand our love affair with shoes, so most women have given up explaining it – including me.  But this is a story about shoe-shopping love. I ordered shoes from Zappos for the first time on Tuesday.  I hate to shop (there is a gene broken somewhere in my DNA string), but shopping […]

Proud to Be in Franchising

This is the season when a lot of us decide to give back to the community.  For me, it’s my 10th year with the Share Our Selves Adopt-A-Family in Costa Mesa – the best part of Christmas.  But today I reflected on how much franchising helps us out. This local charity works 365 days a […]

Reflections on Labor Day

It’s Friday and the last national holiday of the summer is to be celebrated.  How many of us will enjoy a three day weekend?  That is one of the many contributions to the workplace that we are celebrating this weekend.  It’s more than sun, beer and BBQ – it’s about labor. How many of you […]

Drowning in a sea of love?

Help! I’m drowning!! I am deluged with posts from social media gurus, fan pages, business experts and daily coupon offerings. There is so much stuff in my SM pipeline that I can’t find those posts that are most meaningful to my business and me.

I saw the future yesterday. Are you ready for it?

I saw the future yesterday.   Are you ready for it? Background I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion at Cal State Fullerton presented by Epsilon Nu Tau, the first co-ed fraternity for entrepreneurship.  The topic was “Women Entrepreneurs.”  As I looked at the audience noticed there were no notepads, but there were […]

My Journey of Change in 12 Miles – Small Change Has an Impact

Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather, rinse, repeat. Doing the same thing repeatedly with the same results can be boring. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing repeatedly and getting different results is progress.

The Gender Gap – He/She is Confused.

In the last few weeks we have looked at a lot of “hiccups” that all have the same effect – they take away the readers’ attention. This word play with gender is one of the most glaring examples.

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