Let’s Work Together In 2013!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Business & Leadership, Career & Networking, Content Creation, Marketing & Advertising, SEO & PPC, Social Media, Speaking, Usability & Conversion | 18 comments

As I reflect back on 2012, it was an awesome year; a year filled with a lot of learning and growth. I deepened friendships and relationships, built new relationships that changed my life in myriad ways and took on massive professional challenges. It’s a year I never want to forget. In fact, I want to build on the many successes I’ve had during the year.

That’s why I’m kicking off 2013 unemployed.

Big Changes in 2013

That’s right, I’m entering 2013 with no full time employment.

My contract with my former employer ended on December 31, 2012 and we will not be renewing into 2013.

Despite this fact (or maybe because of it) I’m more excited about 2013 than I have been about any year in recent memory. Not since I began law school in 1990 have I faced this much change in one year – and this coming from a guy who has relocated three times over the years for exciting job opportunities.

I’ve already made a group of people aware of my plans for 2013 via emails and phone calls – and those efforts have been rewarded with an amazing number of potential projects and assignments (the one lesson I learned in 2012 is you never know what’s possible until you ask your connections for their help). I’m writing this blog post in an effort to cast as wide a net as possible by letting you know of my plans and to see if there’s a way we might work together in 2013.

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2012 Themes – Writing | Speaking | Unfiltered

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Business & Leadership | 13 comments

A little over a year ago I finally got off my ass and started a blog. This blog.

In January last year, I stumbled across a post from my dear friend Margie Clayman where she set forth her focus areas for 2011. Apparently, Chris Brogan began this trend a few years ago, and it resonated with me.

One of the things I’ve learned from my nearly 20 years of corporate experience is it is VERY hard to get anything done when you are not focused. Focus, focus, focus; Then focus some more.  Even three things seems like it might be a lot of things to focus on to me, but since it’s a focus area over an entire year, I’m willing to go with it.

In 2011, my themes for the year were mentor, inspire and balance. I feel like I did a decent job of expanding my capabilities in those three areas (or at least I like to think I did, anyway). Reflecting on 2011, the year seemed to contain an abundance of all three of those things.

I’ve been thinking about my themes for 2012 and have settled on writing, speaking and unfiltered.

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Leadership Secrets of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Business & Leadership | 9 comments

I’m an unabashed Steeler fan. Have been for as long as I can remember. I was born in the ‘Burgh but moved to Chicago when I was only one year old. I remember my uncle John mailing me Steeler hats and scarves and wearing them to school. I learned many hard lessons during those elementary school years, but that’s a post for another day.

Today, as the Steelers march toward a possible seventh Super Bowl victory, I’ve been reflecting on the ways in which the lessons of Steeler teams current and past apply to business.

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Is Google Eating Itself?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Business & Leadership | 11 comments

Google is the undisputed king of search. Of that there can be no doubt. With billions and billions in revenue the Google algorithm is the undisputed jewel of the Internet. However, recently there have been a number of articles which have portrayed Google search results as less reliable and more filled with spam than ever before. Recently, Google spam king Matt Cutts blogged that despite the perceptions to the contrary, internal data shows Google results are better than ever.

Nevertheless, the perceptions of spam problems persist. Ironically, in my view, Google is directly responsible for a good bit of the spam that peppers its search results, but not in the way you might think.

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2011 Themes – Mentor | Inspire | Balance

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Business & Leadership, Career & Networking | 4 comments

This being the first week of 2011, many friends and colleagues have been busy looking backward and forward – assessing their performance for 2010 and determining their focus areas for 2011.  One of the most interesting ways to look forward is to create broad themes for the oncoming year.  Online friend Margie Clayman (one of my favorite bloggers) has taken Chris Brogan’s idea of building themes around 3 words and created a hashtag.  The idea is to blog about your three words and then share them on twitter, using the hashtag #cb3words so we can all check out each other’s developmental themes for the year.

After thinking about this for the last couple days, I’ve decided that my three words for 2011 are Mentor, Inspire, and Balance.  Here’s what each means to me:

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