Deodorant vs Anti-Perspirant: Either Way, You Stink.

I remember when I first learned that deodorant and anti-perspirant are not the same thing. I’ll admit, I’m not the smartest man in the world. I may have learned 6 or 7 years ago that pickles weren’t something you can grow and I discovered about a year ago that chocolate has caffeine in it. The things I don’t know represent a vast infinity of knowledge. But I know the difference between deodorant and anti-perspirant and just in case you don’t, I’ll explain it to you.

Deodorant is cologne for your armpits. It is body Febreeze. Meanwhile, anti-perspirant convinces your body not to sweat and hence, not to smell. That’s it. That’s the difference. But what does that have to do with anything, specifically business? Everything.

Who Are You Lying To About Your Office Atmosphere?

You’ll love it here.
I don’t like to micromanage.
We just like to have fun.
We’re a really close knit family.

I’ve heard these a million times. Every job that I’ve ever started, I’ve heard the same bullshit. And I don’t use the term bullshit lightly. I was once in an interview where they asked me how I felt about beer and poker. THAT was an honest question. But you can’t imagine how many times I’ve had someone feed me a line because they think it’s what I want or need to hear in order to get me to take a job. But lying to your future employees about your atmosphere is a terrible idea and here’s why. Because then they’re going to come to work for you. And they’re going to figure out that you’re a bunch of liars. This is not the way you want to start a business relationship.


Mastering Your Golf Swing and Other Non-Golf Lessons

I am, as some of you may know, a bit of a movie buff. Years ago I watched a film that changed my life. Now, it mostly changed my life because it inspired me to read the book that is, as usual, 100% better. However it was the movie that inspired me initially. That film is The Legend of Bagger Vance. There are some of you, I would guess approximately 3 of you, who have seen the film (that’s about how it did at the box office) and are now saying to yourselves, “he can’t be talking about that horribly awkward romance with Matt Damon and Charlize Theron? Not that one with Will Smith as a golf caddy?” One…in…the…same.


Smarter Than You’d Imagine, Lazier Than You’d Hope: Clients and Kids

Kids and clients have a lot in common. As a stay at home father of two who runs his own business, supporting small business clients, and having built a couple dozen websites over the last several years, I’ve learned a thing or two about people. But it took my son’s recent leap into preschool and the subsequent interactions for me to finally put one of those concepts into words. And here it is; clients, like children, are smarter than you can imagine and lazier than you’d hope.