Startup Grind Business Focus

Mr Cranky Talks – Business Focus

The importance of business focus On September 25th, I discussed business focus during a fireside chat with Chris Haug of Startup Grind. For those of you who don't see the video, you can link to it here....

Adverse Childhood Experience

Self-Destructive Adverse Childhood Experiences

Everyday Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) All human children develop coping mechanisms to deal with uncomfortable events. We develop strategies that as children help us manage stress. Many of us subconsciously utilize these coping mechanisms into adulthood where they don't serve us quite as well. For me, my mom was very controlling. Don't get me wrong, she was a great mom, yet I bristled against her control and my strategy to ease the control was to act out...

Executive Coaching Keeps Your Brain Honest ark

Executive Coaching Keeps Your Brain Honest

Executive Coaching Keeps Your Brain Honest Why do business leaders need an executive coach? Executive coaching keeps your brain honest. Got that? Your brain is constantly lying to you. Now I'm not just picking on you either because my brain lies to me too. Why just the other day it told me what a great looking guy I was, but that's another story. Modern neuroscience proves that we make decisions with a part of our brain we share with reptiles...

Crayola Crayon Leadership Traits

Mr Cranky on Leadership Traits

Leadership Traits Mr Cranky has some thoughts on leadership traits. In fact, I have more than one thought. I have all kinds of ideas on all kinds of things. I wonder for instance if a wide receiver is only a wide ceiver until he's caught his second pass. Then and only then can you say he re-peated ceiving or re-ceived. I ponder why I'm the only one fighting to protect our 3rd amendment rights. For years I've tried to find the "I've Been Working on the Railroad," songwriter to ask him if, "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah. Someone's in the kitchen I know," did he mean he was aware that the person who was in the kitchen with her or did he just know that there was an individual in the kitchen with Dinah and what tipped him off? Was it the fact that Dinah couldn't strum a Banjo?" And then I have some thoughts on Leadership Traits worth sharing. If you list all the great leaders over time, for instance, let's look at just a few: Martin Luther King Gandhi Sheryl Sandberg Nelson Mandela Margaret Thatcher George Washington Abraham Lincoln General George Patton Meg Whitman Winston Churchill You could describe a list of leadership traits that...

Washington DC Peer Advisory Groups

How To Find The Best Washington DC Peer Advisory Group

Washington DC Peer Advisory Group List How do you go about finding a great Washington DC Peer Advisory Group? Well there are several choices, all of them viable, but are they viable for you? What are your choices for a Washington DC Peer Advisory Group say you? Organization Facilitation 1 on 1 Coaching Monthly Cost Extras Netcito Assisted No $95 – $195 Education Self-Facilitated EO Self-Facilitated No $200 Social Club Speakers Vistage Professionally Mandatory $1,000 – $1,400 Speakers Facilitated Intranet TAB Professionally Yes $1,000 Intranet Facilitated Speakers ThinkTank Professionally Optional $500 Can of WhoopAss Facilitated *prices are best estimates NetCito - Is a DC area company. Founded in DC and tends to be focused on the tech community. The peer advisory group is self-facilitated. A viable low-cost choice. EO or Entrepreneurs Organization- Described by many as Clubby and a Social Club that centers on speakers, networking/social events and also offers the opportunity for members to join self-facilitated peer advisory groups. More focused on those who believe they "made it" than those that want to drive growth. Vistage - The grandpa of peer advisory group Vistage is over 50 years old. It is professionally facilitated by 1099 contractors called, chairs. Chairs go through a vigorous selection and training program and many wash out without ever starting a group. Vistage Groups can be as large as 18 members. Vistage expense is driven by speakers at meetings, overhead of the...

Planning Blueprint

Business Planning

Planning for life. Planning for Business It either happens or we can direct the happening. That's a plan. You know what a plan is right? Planning involves three key elements. A plan is a noun, a verb and a date. That's it. That's all there is to planning: Noun - as in "I" will  Verb - as in "retire" by Date - as in "December 1" I will retire by December 1. That's the what of a plan. Everything else is just tactical details. The how of the plan. Many people go through business and life without planning. When you don't have a plan...