Strategic Offsites: 5 Steps to Success

According to Sun Tsu, the ancient Chinese military strategist, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”  These words were just as relevant then as they are now for today’s business leaders. If you’re worrying that your strategic plan is missing part of the picture, or

The Future of Retail Got Together in NYC

On October 19th, we hosted a Future of Retail Dinner at the fabulous penthouse loft of Laurel Touby and Jon Fine. The main item on the agenda was “where is retail going and how do you get ahead of the game?” The dinner was co-hosted by Charlie Cole (Tumi), Laurel Touby (Flatiron Investors) and Veronika

How to Win Friends and Influence Conversations

Are you always finding it’s about “who you know?” Whether starting a new business or trying to commercialize an existing product, it’s true that few things are as important as making and keeping the right contacts. Those right contacts (also known as your professional network) ideally help you get in the door faster, act as

What is Take Me To Your Leader?

Back to the Future with Take Me to Your Leader It’s time for a refresh of Take Me to Your Leader. That means a new commitment, a new site design, and a new focus on a bi-monthly newsletter. We’ll also be adding some new contributors and guest writers in 2015 as we move away from

The Entrepreneurial Son With Everything To Prove

This profile piece on Pando touched on some very personal subjects I hadn’t thought about in a long time. If you want some insights on my background I encourage you to read it. It was originally published on Pando.com on February 28th 2014 here. Freddie Laker carries his father with him everywhere he goes. He bears

WP Super Cache Hacked and Cloaked my Site!

Classified as RANT! Prequel: I noticed that some pages were taking too long to load … I heard good things about WP Super Cache and I had tried it before, but it was messing up when toggling between web view and mobile view … randomly providing web users the mobile view, and mobile users the