It really is true that we are all in this together, but we won’t all travel the same path. Those brands who know who they are, deeply understand their financial model and have core values to guide decisions will fare better. Take the time now to shore up your foundation then build. Life will be different, but that can be good, too.
“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 […]
“ 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 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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? 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 […]
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.
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.
According to Will Rogers, “Everyone is stupid, only on a different topic.” When we listen to others, we gain information
“It’s so much more friendly with two.” Piglet, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book
Perhaps some change is spontaneous, but not this one. I realized immediately that I needed a plan for this 12-mile walk.
I hold these truths to be self-evident …1) I hate to exercise. 2) I love food. 3) These two don’t mix well. I intend to make a change in 7 weeks and 12 miles.
A few weeks ago at the So Cal WFN meeting Amy Cosper, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, said there was an old motorcycling adage, “You will go in the direction you look, so don’t look down.” That is great business and life advice: if you look up and forward that is where you will end up. […]
My administrator had one of those weeks when all the people she met were just plain old rude and mean – store clerks, customer service agents, people in the grocery store, etc. The final blow was when little girls in her daughter’s 6th grade class made racially discriminating remarks about another student. I thought Kelly […]