The captains of Net commerce bleat long and loud about their respect for the personal privacy of their online customers. Many post that seemingly unbreakable and heartwarming pledge in bold letters on their Websites.

Buyers, in turn, happily reveal their names, addresses, emails, preferences, wish lists, and birth dates in the hope that online marketing will be more precisely targeted to their shopping interests and with the assurance that this highly sensitive personal information will never be shared with third parties.

Too often, however, promises are made and promises are broken. And it looks like it’s going to get worse, judging by the spate of struggling online companies.

Some of the dead and dying are now scrambling for cash, and the personal profiles of their customers are a powerful last-ditch currency. In recent months, swooning dot-coms such as and have announced–directly or indirectly–that the potentially lucrative …

download-3“Jered… What’s more important… Focusing on the big picture or worrying about the little details?” One debate that constantly circles the leadership world is whether leaders should spend their time focusing on the big picture or worrying about the little details.

On one side of the debate, there are leadership experts that say you should almost always focus on thinking about the big picture, and all the little details will fall into place.

Other leadership experts say that you must concentrate on all of the little details, and the more attention to detail you make at the lowest level, the better the quality of the big picture will be. After reading into some of this “expert” talk, I’ve come to realize that both sides are on to something.

In my analysis, an effective leader first determines what they want the big picture to look like, and then focuses

What jobs will be the best in the next 10 years? Which occupations are worth your time and money? These are the questions you should ask if you are choosing a college education or want to switch careers.

A recently published U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicates which occupations have the best outlooks and are growing fastest, and which ones will disappear soon. Here is a handy infographic for you that indicates the 10 fastest growing jobs.


According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare industry jobs are anticipated to have the fastest employment growth. Education matters, and 6 of the 10 fastest growing occupations require at least some sort of post-secondary education for entry-level positions. Throughout the nation you can find free High School Equivalency programs (the GED is now one of three available tests) and if you click on the link you can find …

You might have noticed the last week or so has been pretty quiet around here.  That’s a good and a bad thing all wrapped aaeaaqaaaaaaaatiaaaajdu3ndayymu0lwjknzmtngu5mc1iyzk4ltqwogrlythmytg2ygtogether.  Good because I’m busy working on client projects and a few cool things of my own, bad because I’ve neglected my writing and not sharing anything interesting or cool lately.

This post is going to be kept short, but I have a few announcements to make.

This Friday, I’m going to be joining my friend, Sheri Kaye-Hoff as one of her guest experts speaking about Your Business, Your Life.

So many of use start our own businesses so we can have more time with the family, do something we love and leave all of crap back in the corporate world.  Sometimes though it’s hard to leave that stuff behind and we see it quickly creeping in our own personal business.…

Ingenious people solve problems creatively by using the resources available to them. As a result, people admire a leader’s seemingly magical ability to think outside the box. A leader that can come up with creative solutions to pressing problems can win the trust of others, especially if those solutions are well presented and executed.

Ingenuity in Action
Swiss born George de Mestral took his dog for a walk one day. When the dog came back, he had burrs matted in his fur. Mestral had burrs on his pants. Curious as to why burrs stick, Mestral examined the burrs and his pants and noticed that the burrs acted as hooks to hook on to the loops of thread on his pants. He walked away from the experience with a new idea for a fastener which he developed.

Thus, Velcro was invented. Mestral’s curiosity to learn why burrs stick to …

Realizing the value in all things will allow you to live a more respectful life as a leader. To realize the value in all things, you’ve got to keep an open mind. When you have an open mind, you free yourself from prejudices, stereotypes, and discounting of people, places and things. Your curiosity might lead you to want to know more, but keeping an open mind allows you to get an even clearer sense of reality. If you’re curious without an open mind, you’re hosed.

Close minded people show little consideration for other people, places, and things. Close minded people look to confirm prejudices and stereotypes rather than find out the truth. If you keep an open mind, honor the value of everything, and believe that everything is worth learning about without prejudgment, you will show people that you care and are willing to consider their side of …

imagesI have been following Robert Kiyosaki’s online collaborative work The Conspiracy of The Rich and this post reviews his new rule of money number 6 – Learn The Language of Money.

He argues that various professionals have their own language that people entering them quickly learn to adopt. It’s the same for the rich, only about 10% of the population know and understand the language of the rich.

The remaining 90% have been through standard education where the rich removed the language of money and replaced it with calculus and algebra which are pretty useless to most people outside of school/college.

He advises spending a little time each day learning the language of the rich for two reasons. Firstly if you are going to become an entrepreneur then you need to speak and understand the language of the rich. Even if you are not going to become an …

images-1Recognizing and Pursuing the Ideas That God Has Placed Within You
At some point in our lives, we have all had what we would call an “ah-ha” moment…where an idea suddenly springs into our head, or we figure out a new way to complete a task.

Many times we dismiss these ideas and do nothing. We may feel that it’s impossible or not at all feasible. In some cases, however, these “ah-ha” moments are actually given by the Holy Spirit. Many people pray for God to prosper them, and sometimes these creative ideas are actually visions how God intends to do so!

When we have an idea, how can we be sure it is from God?  One thing that you can do is pray for discernment.  Discernment, or good judgement, will help you separate the will of God for your life, from the …

images-2Alan Keith of Genentech states that, “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.”

One of the top criteria colleges across the country are looking for in future students is the leadership quality, you might noticed that so many schools use many different career quizzes to find out who can be a prospective leader.

An easy way to stand out in your college application is through examples of leadership. Not only will your leadership experiences enhance your activities, they will also provide you with content for your essays and possible scholarships.

It is easy enough to be a member, but true all-stars are leaders. When colleges are considering applicants’ activities, they are looking for leadership, dedication, in depth involvement, balance, and unique skills. There are many ways to be a leader. You don’t have to be the President or Captain …

What is the 75% principle of success?

The key to success in financial planning and budgeting is the 75% principle. What is the 75% principle to success?


In his book The Midas Method, Stuart G. Goldsmith puts forward 4 steps to success:

  • Know what you want
  • Believe that you are worth it
  • Believe that you can achieve it
  • Go out and get it

When asked why they are unable to obtain success most people say that the last step is the most difficult.…