Random Thoughts

Why are Yankee Candles So Expensive?

Nobody knows I wanted to know why Yankee Candles were so expensive after accidentally wandering into one of their stores one weekend. A quick web search reveals forum after forum of people questioning this very thing. But nobody has an answer. At best, people have solution: buy on sale; at a factory outlet; or use […]

Sanity Check Everything

A sanity check is your emergency parachute. It’s the rip cord you pull when your main chute, for some reason, fails to open. The fact is that each and every one of us can sometimes get to wrapped up in a promotion that we lose sight of the big picture. We focus on the details […]

Ship it!

If it doesn’t ship, it doesn’t exist There’s no room for debate here. And if you can understand this point, them the rest of these posts are just bonus. Sometimes, this confuses people in marketing. So let’s start with physical products and move on from there. First principle: If it doesn’t ship, it doesn’t exist. […]

Three Registers

They had three registers. Three point of sale systems installed. I was still waiting. It was 10 days before Christmas and the little pizza shop at the mall was running behind. They had enough people. In fact, everyone was running around like a chicken with their collective head cut off. Now, someone set that up […]

Right Place. Right Time.

The guy who got the last ticket to the Superbowl? Right place. Right time. The woman who got that purse when the salesperson put it out on clearance? Right place. Right time. The student who catches a ride with the professor and gains valuable insight to the class? Right place. Right time. Somethings just fall […]

Keep Moving Forward

Last night was an important milestone for me: I finished 155 miles in the Nike Plus app. One of my most important habits over the past 3 months has been running 4-5 times per week. It all started with 5k training at the end of August. I did so poorly (compared to my college time) […]

The Power of Habit

In his recent book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg introduces the concept that we have only so much will-power. If it is used up early on in the day, we tend to acquiesce to whatever habits have become ingrained or the easiest path presented. Maybe this means that mornings really are our best time […]

Online Presence

Online Presence. It’s where you are. It’s what you sell. It’s who you want to be. And we all have one whether we know it or not. Of course, with all the NSA surveillance revealed lately, some people don’t want an online presence. The problem is, you’ve got one whether you know it or not. […]

Consistency and Persistence

Unfortunately, there are two problems which affect people: 1) They are incompetent. 2) They are lazy. There are a lot of energetic people who are simply incompetent. They don’t get a lot done. On the other hand, there are numerous people who are quite competent, but are simply lazy. They don’t get a lot done […]

Quality “Help”

If something doesn’t help, it doesn’t matter if it’s quality. If I need something done, and you do it incorrectly, or miss the deadline, or don’t follow instructions, it doesn’t really matter if it’s “good” because it doesn’t help me. Give people what they want. Give people what they need. Do it correctly, and on […]