• Why Gamify? Understand the Mechanics Behind the Term

    Have you ever participated in a rewards or mileage program, dutifully filled out a punch card to get a free coffee or oil change, found yourself on a leaderboard, or gone ahead and filled out that last step in a profile so you can get the completion bar to 100%?…

  • The Best Time to Plant a Tree

    Admission: I started writing this blog post on procrastination as a way to procrastinate… well, writing a blog post. This time it just happened to work out in my favor. Now the next time I procrastinate by putting something far less useful into Google than “quotes on procrastination,” it may…

  • Commitment: The Foundation for Your Future

    Over the course of this week, we will be working through Sam Walton’s 10 principles for building a successful business. However you feel about Walmart as a brand, a business, a set of quality values, any business owner must at least admit one thing: Sam Walton created a business that…

  • How Much is Your Burl Worth? – Seeing the value in your mistakes

    Upcoming in this blog posting: an extended metaphor, burl poaching, and some beautiful and very expensive bowls. But before we get to the good stuff, we have to talk about mistakes. Which is something no one really wants to do. In fact, sometimes the hardest thing about mistakes is admitting…

  • Motivation v. Discipline: Why you want the former, and need the latter

    We love to talk about motivation. As individuals. As employees. As bosses. As parents. As teachers. Everyone wants to motivate someone or motivate themselves. We love reading articles on how to motivate yourself to eat healthier. Go to bed earlier. Spend less time on social media. How to motivate your…

  • Taking “A Wonderful Life” Beyond Christmas

    If you are like many American families, then it is likely that a well-loved part of your Christmas family tradition involves re-watching Christmas film favorites that you and your family have been watching for as long as you can remember. You can probably quote most of the lines from your…

  • Getting the Most out of Your December

    It’s that time of the year. Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for the trees and lights to go up, for the Christmas drinks and desserts to start making appearances, the panicky Christmas shopping to begin, and the Christmas music – well, let’s be real, the Christmas music has…

  • Keeping Track of What Matters

    This week’s Thanksgiving day blog may be coming a day late, but then is Thanksgiving day itself really a time for business blog writing or reading? Well, we can leave our opinions on that to ourselves. But it would be remiss to let this week go without saying something about…

  • The Challenges We Face

    Building a tech company is easy now, they say. Technology is so advanced, so relatively easy to use and to build compared to preceding technology – which is especially true for tech companies that are based purely online. But with this extreme advancement and greater ease of development come new…

  • Building blocks of leadership from a dancing guy

      If you haven’t watched the video below – do yourself a favor and watch it before you read the rest of this post. We know – it’s pretty great. You’re welcome. To recap, and in case you didn’t watch the whole video (because really, who has time to watch…

  • The Pay-off of Persistence

    As a country we love underdogs. Some of our most beloved stories are about the persistence of people who didn’t look like they had a chance. Stories that emphasize how little ‘talent’ means in the scheme of things, unless it is accompanied by enough grit and determination to get it…

  • 4 Pieces of Wednesday Wisdom from Forrest Gump

    It’s half-way through the week. Which means the end is in sight, but it’s still two days away, and sometimes those two days can feel like a long, long time. So our blog post this week is of an inspirational nature, where we turn to the simple wisdom of the…

  • The Danger of Comfort Zones

    The idea of a comfort zone goes back over a hundred years, to the work of two psychologists who found that a steady level of performance was best achieved when a person was in a state of relative comfort. Of course, the opposite side of this discovery is that, to…

  • Practicing the Four Disciplines of Execution

    As a leader, part of your job is to be the best guide for your office that you can – and a guide usually works by a set of principles. The Four Disciplines of Execution are business principles that have been tried and shown to be true for setting and…

  • The Power of “We”

    This is a photo of Winston Churchill, along with some American soldiers, crossing the Rhine River in Germany in March 1945. This is an example of what can be accomplished when a leader focuses their efforts and inspiration on the idea of “we,” and “us,” not “me” and “you all.”…

  • Make Hay While the Sun Shines?

    If you live anywhere in or around farming country, you know the expression “Make Hay while the Sun Shines.” It is one of those idioms that came into use due to being exactly true, and the meaning being obvious for anyone familiar with hay. Though it may seem odd to…

  • Are you getting the most out of your Scoreboard account?

    You may have been using Scoreboard Buzz for a while – and thank you for being loyal users! But are you fully taking advantage of all of our great features? 1. The Amazon Fire Stick App – This is the easiest and cleanest way to display your Scoreboards on a…

  • Setting the Strike Zone

    Imagine you are the manager of a minor league baseball team, watching your pitcher on the mound. You’ve been coaching this pitcher all week. All season for that matter. He has talent, but he takes too long to find the strike zone at the beginning of every game, and by…

  • 2 Pieces of Life (also business) Advice from Gurus Who Should Know

    We are back with your dose of inspiration for the week. As may have been obvious with last week’s Yoda post, I think there is a great deal of inspiration to be found in looking to the wisdom of others – even if they are fictional. Especially during times when…