Frauds and Thieves

Today I received a notice from the International Patent & Trademark Office in the Czech Republic (of course) that I owed $2,225 (nice number) to continue the registration of one of my trademarks internationally. I receive a couple of these a month originating  from various small countries in Europe. These are fraudulent, just as much as the Nigerians who tell you that a great inheritance awaits you if you just send some money first, and the hackers who use others’ …




SEO: Seriously, Egregiously Overrated

Every day we’re besieged by people from foreign lands extolling the virtues of search engine optimization and how they can dramatically improve our business if we send them money. And every day we hear all over the social media here at home from “social media marketing experts” about how they can dramatically improve our business if we send them money. I think very few of any of these people have ever been successful at selling anything except selling this kind of …


The “Why” Is Often Obvious But Missed

Bentley loves to run up and down the yard at full speed every morning. He does it maybe a dozen times. I tried to figure out if he were trying to beat squirrels out of hiding places, or get a quick view of everything, or playing alpha dog. Then I finally go it. He just likes to run. I was being too “deep” about a simple, surface phenomenon. In my high school days, as an exchange student, I toured Cold …



Why People Don’t Move

1. They listen to the wrong people (like the nutcase on Facebook claiming that milk kills). There are more people giving advice to coaches today than there are good coaches. 2. Complexifying. Our job is to simplify, but we think that making things tediously complex adds to our gravitas. It creates gravity, not gravitas. 3. Seeking perfection. This murders excellence (even more than milk), and it saps initiative and speed. 4. Fear of critique. I have news for you, the …



The Hypocrisy of the Media

Britt McHenry, an ESPN reporter, was caught on camera berating a towing company employee with comments about missing teeth, education, weight, and so on. It was an exercise in self-absorption and self-importance of volcanic measure. ESPN suspended her for a week. (A TV poll showed that 84% of viewers thought she should be fired.) Imagine a politician doing that? He or she would be hounded for weeks and perhaps forced to resign. The media outlets would seize on it. But …


Who’s Behind the Curtain in Oz?

I used to think Dr. Oz was a personable, articulate, brilliant medical doctor when I saw him on programs showing emergency room treatment in hospitals. When he got his own TV show, he seemed to become Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He slowly transformed from provider of pragmatic medical device to hawker of potions and pills, with clearly questionable medial underpinnings. Finally, some fellow surgeons at Columbia have publicly protested his behavior and asked for his ouster as vice chair …