Is that kale in your teeth?

January 30th, 2017

It’s interesting to think about the stages of life we go through as it relates to something like this and the various reactions we have as a result of our age. When you were a kid – you didn’t really care. Brownies, pepperoni, all the food you could, you would do the “see food” thing …

Happiness for some – a source of jealousy for others

January 21st, 2017

Since I am not a psychiatrist I don’t know what these personality traits are called, why they exist, how they can be altered or if people easily recognize them when they have them. Maybe it’s straight up jealousy and part of being human. If I fall into the tougher of the 2 categories myself, it …

Would you hire a web developer-ish engineer?

January 14th, 2017

We all started somewhere. Me? First ‘paid’ gig was at a shoe store in a shopping mall stocking the back room – fortunately not touching feet, just boxes. Simply confirming that the size on the outside of the box matched the pair on the inside of the box. After that, I went to a grocery …

Nobody’s buying what you’re selling: 6 ideas that might help

January 9th, 2017

After recently reading Daniel Pink’s, “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others”, I was specifically drawn to the story about the car sales guy and how often in my own career – even today – I still run across this style of sales. I’m not sure that it makes sense to describe this as …

Is your company ready for “layers”?

December 31st, 2016

14 years since launching Phoenix Staff, I’ve come to some realizations. Many that made sense then and that I wish I had remained true to, and others that simply didn’t hit my radar then, but do today. Quick background, I have started or co-started 6 companies in my lifetime (only 2 of which I am …

Google doesn’t even say, “did you mean”?

December 14th, 2015

I was meeting with someone the other day who was an admitted terrible speller.  He gave me the title to this blog as a matter of fact because even Google can’t figure out what he’s trying to search sometimes.  It brings up, yet again, a point worth mentioning.  Spelling matters.  Grammar matters.  In everyday life …

Focus Daniel-san

September 2nd, 2015

My friend Joe recently wrote an article about chasing 2 rabbits.  Great post and relevant to a conversation I had with someone at lunch today. It all comes back to focus. In 13 years of owning a company, it took me likely the first 10 years to recognize that I lacked focus in a big …

Are you building a “poach-worthy” company?

August 31st, 2015

I remember an email conversation I had back in 1999 – just a short while after I started in this industry.  The guy who emailed me didn’t know me at all.  He was the founder of a large company in Phoenix and had actually started a couple of other companies in Phoenix previously – if …

Why did “they” get the job?

August 28th, 2015

Who can tell me how many interviews are being conducted every minute of every day? I don’t know the answer, just curious if anyone does. My guess – it is a lot. Maybe even a ton. Of those interviews that are happening, how many people walk away thinking, “yeah, I got that job.” Going with …