Thanks for closing the Q on time and even squeaking in those last few orders on Friday afternoon before the closing bell ! This morning, whatever the number was, it feels good to have the wind at your back and a new page open to a new week, a new month and a new quarter ! Still lots of room between now and the end of December.
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Tufts University $100K New Ventures Competition
The business plan pitches were Wednesday, and the awards were made last night. This year yet another company, Mimir Insights, with several of my marketing Alums won the top prize in High Tech. This is what real entrepreneurship...at the street level...is all about. Congratulations to all of the entrepreneurs!!!!
Thanks very much for the comments and ideas from last week's blog post on "The (first) Five Rules". As promised, here are the remaining five. It may well be that you have your own, so let me and our readers know about your ideas by commenting below...
Trust that you finished the month on Plan and are now racing toward the all-important end of the quarter. I always enjoy this second quarter since it's that perfect time of year to...
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” -Mike Tyson
If your last image of Iron Mike chewing off the ear of Evander Holyfield was a bit too graphic, then maybe some of the following highly positive quotes might be more representative of the reasons for careful planning...just so that you don't get punched in the face.
Coming off the Thanksgiving break after one too many slices of pumpkin pie, I'm feeling pretty good about sales specifically and business overall right now. A couple of solid weeks of selling left in the year. Everyone at the firm is maxed out with work. January's outlook appears to be reasonably ok. Teaching at Tufts and MIT are in exam modes. The stock market is humming, and the economy in general seems to be more positive...even though the fundamentals (little things like debt, GDP growth and jobs) aren't that much better.
A couple of times a week, I stop by Honovan's Cleaners to drop off laundry. Right around the corner, Honovan is the epitome of uber customer satisfaction. Open 12 hours a day, six days a week, she accommodates everything that I could possibly need.
I don't want to be bothered with tickets, so years ago, Honavan simply told me "no tickets". I don't want to wait in line. Simple solution for Honovan was to give me a laundry bag. I mentioned to her that I loved the fact that she opened, at 6:30 and then complained that the shoe repair store didn't open until 8. That day, Honovan became the drop off place for the shoe repair guy. Not satisfied with just laundry, shoes and, of course, alterations, a few years ago, she expanded to do the commercial laundry for many of the hotels in the Back Bay.
If it's summer, then it's time to do the annual rewrite of our
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