As a kid growing up in the south, I know the 3 F's in life very well.......Faith, Family, and Football. So just as much as it will pain you to read this, it hurts me twice is much to have to write it. However, the facts are the facts. As a social innovation firm, it is our job to fix problems in organizations from small businesses to school districts. Before we do anything, we must first diagnose the problem. This may not seem like great timing for this, with the season starting this week, but...

I know that what I am about to say is akin to pedagogical blaspheme but hear me out.  Being "data-driven" is starting to drive us nuts!  There...I said it. First there was an emphasis on data-driven decision-making, which is a necessary component of effective schooling.  As we began to delve into "data-driven instruction" and "data-driven testing," the slippery slope we were on should have become apparent.  Last week, the phrase "data-driven results" stopped me in my tracks. I mean, what does t...

One day, while glancing through my Facebook feed, I came across a very amusing video from the 80's (I think). It was a man dancing in an attempt to advertise his salon which specialized in Jheri curls. There is a shot that shows him dancing in front of the Arch in St. Louis, and it prompted me to call people in St. Louis to ask for an explanation. They all told the same story: this business was hugely successful but slowly started to decline and eventually went out of business. In the 80's, the...

When it comes to entrepreneurship, you should always look for the competitive advantage. Whether it is a marketing campaign or making a sound investment, where ever you can gain an edge puts you that much closer to market penetration. Depending on the industry, you may have to fight a bit harder in your space than others. This competition is perfect for the entrepreneur, the industry, and, ultimately, the consumer. However, I run into too many business owners that shy away from competing. They...

When you embark on something that takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication, it can be a very tiring and grueling experience. You must sacrifice things you like and remain entirely focused on the task at hand. This is true but not limited to athletes, people starting a business, or even people trying to advance in their careers. You became obsessed and driven to be the best at what you do. One day that moment comes when you realize that all your hard work was not in vain, and you celebrate. Y...

Yep, that's a thing! When you hire someone for a position in your company, you have the best intentions. You don't just train them for the job; you teach them about your business culture as well. They are doing an excellent job and have become a valuable stakeholder in the company. However, they come to you after a while and hand you a two-week notice. You ask what happened and try to rectify it but by that time, it's too late. They have accepted another position with your competition or worse...

Many people have speculated what Kobe Bryant will do next after basketball. Some have said that he should try TV as a color commentator like a lot of former players do. However, I don't think Bryant has the personality for it or that he would even want to do it. He could try his hand at coaching, and I think he would be great at it. On the other hand, the Kobe Bryant I know would want a bigger challenge than that. Based on his addiction of always wanting to improve his craft and insane work eth...

YOU MADE IT! You wrote the business plan, put in the long hours, weathered storms, and watched your competitors drop out one by one. You have made it past the dreaded 18-24 month period that most small businesses fail. Revenues are growing and the company is projecting to be in the black(profitable) for quarters to come. So now comes the important question. Is it time to scale? Well, it may very well be. So you go out and start looking at buildings for a second location so that.............I'm...

Back when I was in elementary school, we use to read the Weekly Reader. 1992 was an election cycle, so it focused on the two primary candidates, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. My teacher asked us if we could vote who would we vote for and why. Being poor black kids living in South Memphis, all of us chose Bill Clinton, and all of them said because that's who their parents like. I also chose Bill Clinton, but I took it a step further. I explained how the Bush tax plan only benefited people...

Recently here in the Memphis area, Daymond John's Launch Academy came here to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, and even people with careers get to the next step. I knew this was an excellent opportunity to learn some new methods and also network with like-minded people (or so I thought). However, I knew there would be some caveat because this 3-hour seminar was free. I was very aware that someone was going to sell me something. When the presenter came out, he repeatedly said that Daym...

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