Category Archives: Solve Problems

17 Things I Miss

On the drive to the cemetery today, my mother asked me, “Does it feel like it happened yesterday or like it was a hundred years ago?” “Both,” I replied. “Sometimes I can remember exact details about that day and other times I have to do the math and think of how long it’s been. I…

Thoughts on Building, Solving and Having

Monday Morning Match is a quick post – maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea – intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning. On Building… One of my friends on Facebook asked a question the other day; “What is the most valuable…

Every Sales Team Needs a New Puppy

My older brother Jot brought his new puppy over this afternoon. Casey, a purebred golden retriever is the newest addition to the Carpenter family menagerie which has always been a traditionally dog-friendly environment. As young Casey entered our house on a short visit to meet our yellow labrador Callie, there was lots of sniffing and scurrying about…

If You Give an Adult Awareness

Have you ever read one of those books like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” or “If You Give a Pig a Pancake“? They start with something simple but then each thing leads to another…and so on and so on. They are fun to read with kids because the imagination starts to run wild and…

Who Are You Trying to Be?

I was listening to a podcast today. It’s from a new friend of  mine whom I haven’t met in person but we have connected via social media.He seems like a really nice guy and his podcast message is positive and very supportive, but today’s episode just seemed forced and didn’t feel genuine. He was trying…

Your 1st, 2nd and Biggest Mistakes

Your 1st mistake is the mistake itself. Your 2nd mistake would be making the same mistake twice. But your biggest mistake is being so afraid of making a mistake that you don’t do anything. The 1st and 2nd aren’t nearly as harmful to your business as the latter because making mistakes is where the learning and opportunity…

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a standard question we ask our children. It is a fantastic conversation starter when we encounter kids barely old enough to speak or college students who are still unsure of their future. I’m guessing it was a question you might have asked yourself once…

Feeling Neglected in the Neighborhood

“Hello. Welcome to Applebee’s,” said the cheerful host. “Table for one?” “Yes, it’s just me. Can I get a booth over there?” I asked, pointing to a row of open tables along the side of the half-full restaurant. The young man walked me over to the open booth, handed me a menu and told me…

Influence, Shoulders & Social Connections

  As a child, you listened to your parents. You also heeded the guidance from teachers, policemen & fireman as well as any other knowledgeable adults. You grew older and started to realize the wisdom and knowledge of a smaller, more specific group of people. Life went on and your connections became based on the people…

Make ’16 a Year of Personal Accountability

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016. Doesn’t it seem like yesterday that we were worried about Y2K and all the things that could or would go wrong? Well we’ve now survived the last fifteen years without any major calamity and some amazing improvements and changes in our world. Of course we could always hope and…