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Entrepreneurs, Drummers, and Merry Christmas

On my way home from driving my daughter to school last week a particularly beautiful rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” came on the radio.  The song has always has always touched me deeply, portraying that one with seemingly nothing to offer could offer so much.  A new thought struck me on this hearing—the message of the Dru

3 Must-Haves for NBA Coaches & Entrepreneurs

I listened to Jacque Vaughn, the new head coach of the Orlando Magic, talk about the three attitudes he needs each of his players to have. He's been handed an interesting group of players, and he made himself very clear about what it will take to succeed on his team. I think his list applies to entrepreneurs and CEOs of most companies I know.

Review of the Lean Start Up

While reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, I found I underlined many sentences and wrote many notes in the margins. Before I tell you the most valuable nuggets I learned, first let me give my review: it is an outstanding book!

Lessons Learned from 3 Successful Entrepreneurs

I was part of a great event last week that featured 3 entrepreneurs (here's a picture of me hosting the event). Each shared three of their top lessons learned during the process of starting, developing, and growing their enterprises.

The Downfall of Less Difficult, Less Expensive, and Less Risky

I just finished reading Norm Brodsky's article from the March 2012 issue of INC. He directly addresses a growing concern among 9 out of every 10 entrepreneurs he meets. They're starting web-based and SaaS businesses while they maintain their full-time employment and steady incomes.

1 Forgotten Characteristic of Entrepreneurs

In a recent speech at UVEF, Tony Zito of mediaFORGE identified three commonly recited characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: skill, timing, and luck. But he spent no more time on any of those.

Nothing Is Below You

I used to work for an organization with tens of thousands of employees, and one day per year the highest paid executives would work alongside the lowest paid employees. It was a way for the leaders to stay in touch with what happens every day.

Fifty 2nd Graders, 10 Pies, and a Rock Star

To help more than 50 second graders learn basic economic and business principles, my daughter's elementary school held a bazaar where each student sells goods and services to their classmates.

12 Lessons Learned from 4 Award-Winning Startup Entrepreneurs

On Thursday, January 12th, 2012 the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) invited four of theTop 25 Under 5 award winners from 2011 to share some of the lessons they've learned while starting, building, and growing their business.

Pull Up Your Bootstraps and Work Harder

Both of my grandfathers were entrepreneurs, men who started and ran one or more small businesses to support their families. They didn't create huge companies, but built lifestyle businesses that added value to themselves and the economy.

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

With 2012 just around the corner, here are the most popular CFOwise blog posts viewed in 2011. Please note that the year of original publishing is listed in parentheses after the title.

Manage your Inventory before it manages You

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No More Great Ideas Please, We Need Execution

At the Dental Trade Alliance Meeting last month I listened to Ram Charan, highly-sought after consultant to Fortune 500 CEOs and co-author of Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation, talk about converting ideas into innovation.

Life Management as Taught by Cal Ripken, Jr.

Last week I shared a story told by Cal Ripken, Jr. that illustrated how mentors can improve outcomes.

How Mentors Can Help, Principle from Cal Ripken, Jr.

Earlier this month I enjoyed listening to a baseball hero of mine, Cal Ripken, Jr., talk to a room full of business executives.