Focus on the Essentials

There are many things that can distract people from the part of their job that matters the most. For me, selling has been paramount in my roles. In my previous position, my department’s financial performance is reviewed more closely than any other part of my job. A manager of mine once reminded our local sales […]

Discovering Your Flaws

Prior to moving to the Northeast from Colorado, I was blessed enough to have multiple job offers presented to me. It feels good to be wanted, to know that a company values you so much that they are willing to pay you to work for them. You know what feels bad? Rejection. Obviously, just like […]

Lessons from Pixar, Part 2

For my first three takeaways on the documentary, “The Pixar Story,” check out my “Lessons from Pixar, Part 1” post. 4. Spark creativity by getting a fresh perspective It seemed like Pixar could do no wrong after coming out with movies like Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. But for their next movie they brought in […]

Lessons from Pixar, Part 1

I love watching documentaries. Typically I gravitate towards something in the business, history, or sports categories but they vary. This week I had the pleasure of watching “The Pixar Story” a documentary on Netflix that came out about a decade ago. It hooked me from the start, and offered some valuable lessons along the way. […]

Don’t Be Afraid of Big Words

In the business world, there are catchphrases and sayings that are trendy and seemingly sophisticated. These buzzwords and expressions are not necessarily bad things. Many times a conversation calls for the use of such a word or phrase. However, there are times when I wonder if hip and cool business talk is a complicated description […]

Book Review – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Though I may enjoy a book, it is easy to quickly forget the primary themes and lessons. As I complete books in the future, I’d like to start putting up short and simple reviews. Then hopefully I can capture my main takeaways while the content is still fresh on my mind. I read Extreme Ownership […]

Unwanted Expenses Happen, Plan For Them

In the trucking industry, there are two simple facts. Trucks in the shop cost money, while trucks on the road earn revenue. And not only does a company have to pay for the repair being done, but a down truck means money making opportunities are missed as well. Previously, as a rental manager, I definitely […]