May the Fourth Be With You!


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Here’s a rare .. even unprecedented.. Saturday post, for a special reason:

Happy Star Wars Day!

This day (for those unfamiliar) honors a set of stories that – I have to confess – created my love for space, movies and great storytelling. Thank you George Lucas!

Today, fellow geeks, is our day to let our Corellian, Jedi or Sith hang out!

So whether you’re a Padawan or a Master.. a smuggler or a bounty hunter..

Make it a great day!

May the Fourth Be With You!

Use the Force on Friday ShareDay!


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What a week!

After a two-day road trip to Texas, I am back in NYC and very glad it’s almost the weekend. Good Friday? YES. IT. IS.

A quick shout out and a thank you to all of you who read, like, comment and subscribe here. I can never get enough of hearing your feedback and what you think: whether you agree, disagree, or want to offer your own take on any of the topics we discuss in this space. I’m doing this strictly for the feedback I get from you all. And just like the great Chris Brogan, I’m not ashamed to beg for your input either, so please keep the interaction coming!

And let’s cut to the chase this Friday ShareDay with a great post I picked up off of LinkedIn this morning. (BTW, if your LinkedIn profile is any less than 100% complete, and polished to a nice shiny glow, you’re doing yourself a disservice).

Combining my two geek loves (innovation and Star Wars), here’s “How to Innovate Like a Jedi Knight” from Diego Rodriguez. Thanks Diego!

Happy Weekend!

Be Here, Now.


You Are Here

I just finished listening to a podcast by the brilliant Chris Brogan, part of his series called The Human Business Way. If you’ve not checked it out, do yourself a favor and click over. I listen on Stitcher, because it’s everywhere with me.

In this particular podcast, Chris is interviewing Marcus Sheridan, “The Sales Lion,” who has a fascinating story of personal success. But it was something else that caught my ear and got me thinking.

At the top of the interview, Marcus thanks Chris for “treating me like I was the only guy in the room” on the occasion when they first met. That’s huge. And it stopped me cold.

How many times have we been at a networking event, nursing our favorite libation, with one eye and ear in the conversation in front of us, while the other eye and ear is scanning the room or checking the door to see who else is worth talking to?

Liar. We’ve all done it. It’s such a huge mistake, because it short changes what you’re doing in that moment. And it’s something I am going to work on changing in myself.

It reminded me of a post I wrote about a year ago on multitasking. At the time, I didn’t include personal relationships in the post, and that was a huge omission on my part.

You see, I believe that when we’re doing something, we’ve got to commit. 100%. We’ve got to be in that moment right then and there, and not have one eye on what might be coming next. Savor what is there in front of you, extract all its value, and give a little back in the process. In other words, “Be Here, Now.”

So the next time we meet in person and I look over your shoulder to scan the room, smack me.