Monday, November 25, 2013

4 Important Steps to Avoid Failure

While temporary failure has its benefits, permanent failure can be devastating. Therefore, it is imperative to be able to learn lessons from temporary set backs and avoid permanent failure. To do that, you have to be clear about what you want to accomplish in your life, have a strategy/plan to achieve it, train and prepare yourself for success, and take effective action. Without those 4 steps, you are

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How Do You Stretch Your Thinking?

“If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.” Don Marquis
For those of you who are surrounded by people who are determined to make you really think, it is easy to blame them for the aftermath of thinking. When you really think, it can be a problem. Why? Authentic thinking is often followed by

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The 5 Toughest Lessons I Learned As A CEO

Some 15 years ago I became CEO and 5% owner of a start-up Company with the purpose to develop a major Resort. It was a development which I had pursued previously -- in fact, 2 different times. I believed passionately in the concept, market, and specific location.

We raised over $850 million - $630 million debt, $250 million of equity with location/ land at over $100 million -- give or take, a $1 billion dollar development. While it was a lot of money, several participants believed