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My Over-The-Top Meeting With Mr. Hill

Our consultation meeting was scheduled for 10:30am and the client, Marvin G. Hill, strode decisively into our conference room with a noisy Blackberry clutched in one hand and green-hued Starbucks coffee cup clenched in the other.

“I’m a busy man,” he said while glancing at his watch, “so let me get straight to the point. My company sells inventory software to retail store owners across the region and I’m looking to grow the business. Tell me, how can I get more people to buy my products?” Read more

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Snow!

At Boreal Mountain Ski Resort in Northern California, the absence of natural snowfall during an unusually storm-free winter isn’t keeping the company from attracting Ski Resort customers.

Ski resorts like Boreal Mountain are depending on commercial snow-making machinery this year to keep skiers happy, reports the Auburn Journal. “We’ve blown a little over 35 million gallons of water to make snow,” said Boreal Mountain’s marketing director Jon Slaughter.

The unique ability to turn barren hillsides into snow-packed trails provides companies that depend on Mother Nature with a hi-tech solution to help generate more business. Read more

Is The New Year Already Over?

If you are like 45% of the American population, you probably entered the beginning of 2012 with a fresh resolution. It could be to boost business profits, lose extra weight or spend more time with the family. But more often than not, these resolutions end before they even begin.

This reminds me of the story of a New Year’s party, where Sam turns to Joseph and asks for a cigarette. “I thought you made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking,” Joseph says. “That’s true,” replies Sam. “I’m in the process of quitting. Right now, I am in the middle of phase one – quit buying.” Read more

Wishing You A Happy (Click, Click) Holiday!

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again.

The holiday spirit fills the air. Colorful greeting cards arrive in the mail. And excited shoppers begin pulling out their laptops, iPads and smartphones to get the best possible deals on holiday gifts.

According to The Associated Press, this week marked the busiest week ever in online holiday shopping, with a record $6.3 billion click-to-pay online transactions documented. More impressively, shoppers have spent almost $32 billion online for the current holiday season to date – a healthy 15% increase from just one year ago. Read more

Are You A Responsible Pilot?

As we enter the very last month of 2011, I would like to share a metaphorical tale that holds true for every business owner.

The international flight is embarking on the last leg of its long journey. Throughout the airplane, weary passengers begin buckling their seatbelts while harried stewardesses prepare for landing.

Suddenly, the cockpit door opens and out walks the pilot with a smile on his face. He finds an empty seat in the first-class cabin, picks up a copy of the in-flight magazine, crosses his legs and starts to read. Read more

Did You Get My Email?

These days, BlackBerry users have a good excuse for not answering emails sent by their friends or business associates – because chances are, they never got it.

According to MSNBC, a system-wide failure has left millions of frustrated BlackBerry users on five continents without email, instant messaging and browsing.

A class-action lawsuit was filed this week in both the USA and Canada on behalf of affected BlackBerry users. Messages left with RIM, BlackBerry’s parent company, by MSNBC seeking comment were not returned. Read more

Remembering Steve Jobs

Like many other corporations across America who benefit daily from the technology that he helped create, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

As a foremost visionary, he led a mobile computer revolution with the creation of popular devices such as the iMac computer, iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet – all of which changed how digital content is consumed.

But in addition to teaching us better ways on how to use and implement modern technology, Steve Jobs will be remembered for teaching the world some hard-hitting lessons about the realities of life.

He Wasn’t Afraid Of Rejection Read more

Who’s Number One?

We often take things for granted.

Things like our loving families. Our good health. And our customers.

More often than not, we only realize the true value of these things when we no longer have them. Some people, however, have always recognized that appreciating the things you have at hand can provide you with a better perspective on how to keep them. Read more