“Why Do I Stand Up Here?” Lessons From Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams

“Why do I stand up here?” As funny as he was, Robin Williams was also an incredible serious actor. His role as English teacher John Keating in Dead Poets Society remains one of my favorite movies. In one scene, Keating [...]

What is Her (and Your) Body Language Saying?


Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on what your body language says about you.

If You Had No Fear…

Munch The Scream

IF YOU HAD NO FEAR, WOULD YOU  be running your business and living your life exactly the way you are today? The following chart will help you determine just how much fear rules your life. Take a look at the two [...]

Robo-Advisors and Real Advisors Will Soon Converge

Robo person

ROBO-ADVISORS AND REAL ADVISORS each have what the other wants. Robo-advisors, for all their bluster about empowering do-it-yourself investors with high-tech portfolio management wizardry, will ultimately morph to advice-giving firms with cool technology. Real advisors, the flesh and blood professionals [...]

How Advisors Can Stay Relevant in a Rapidly Changing Industry

Financial Advisor

With the stock market hovering near all-time highs and your advisory business likely hitting new revenue peaks, what’s an advisor to worry about? Plenty. Consider these snippets from recent media reports. “Fewer investors across all age groups are using traditional [...]

For Millennials–Life Stops When the iPhone Dies

People Millennials

Referring to the very rich of the Gilded Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “They are different from you and me.” Likewise, the Millennials and Gen X are different from their Baby Boomer predecessors. As a tail-end member of the Boomer [...]

5 Ways to Multiply the Value of Your Brand


Why is it that 30 million people will pay 342 times more for a Swiss brand watch than a $2 Chinese watch—when both of them perform the exact same function of telling time? Huh? Here’s a fact. A watch exported [...]

6 Low-Cost Ways to Use “Surprise” as a Marketing Strategy


On my way home from a recent event, I got a call from one of my daughters who said, “Dad, can you stop at Taco Bell and pickup Volcano Nachos without beans and a Pepsi?” Fast food again, great. Little [...]

The 90/1 Lesson of Business Income

Dan Wilson

Could 90% of your business income come from just 1% of your ideas? Dan Wilson, a singer-songwriter and visual artist, fronted Semisonic, one of my favorite bands from the 1990s. In recent years, he focused on songwriting and co-wrote monster [...]

5 Creative Ways to Grow Your Business From the World’s Greatest Artists

Pablo Picasso photo

Artists and advisors face many of the same challenges in gaining a paying audience for their work. Both have to: Be great at what they do. Get their “work” out in front of people who can see it. Convince people [...]

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