Art Show for the Plumber and the Plumber’s Wife

Hotrod and I had a three hour window at Laguardia Airport, while we waited for our son, Max, and his girlfriend, Jules, to arrive.  We were all heading to a cousin’s wedding in upstate New York.

I was imagining that we would spend the time checking email and playing Words with Friends.  Hotrod, however, lined […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Family|Comments Off

Turning the Worst Thing Into the Best Thing

When Hot Rod and I were first married, we lived in a cabin outside of Whitefish, Montana.  It was 11 by 15 feet and the foundation was four, almost-flat rocks.  We had all of $5000 between us and we contracted a well driller and a “diviner” to help us find – and hit – water.  Three days later, we had a $5000 hole, but no water.  
So, my husband, The Plumber, figured out an alternative water system.  He routed the rain into a barrel (which doubled as a dog washer), as well as to an underground cistern.  We “poached” water (shhhh!) from a neighbor’s creek when he was out of town.  We would sneak over, with our pickup and a trailer, hauling an old 700 gallon dairy tank.  Hotrod would fire up a gas powered hand-held water pump and we would look right and left as he filled the tank. […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Business Makeover, Family|4 Comments

Leave it?…or Makeover Your Business

My friend and mentor, Al Levi, uses a powerful exercise to engage clients in business development.  He asks, “Imagine this.  You walk out the front door of your business, and cross the street.  You decide you are going to recreate, makeover, your business.  What, and who, do you bring with you?”

Or do you decide to do something completely new?  You get to choose and the beginning of a year is the right time to reflect and decide.

Leave it?   […]

Duck Dynasty v. Kardashians – TV’s Family Businesses Square Off

Family businesses are the back-bone of small businesses in the United States.   They comprise 80 to 90 percent of all businesses, and they face many heartbreaking issues, like divorce, succession planning, turf battles, and “why can’t you be more like your brother?” arguments. Chances are you are involved in a family business…or work for one.

So, when you head for the couch after a long day of family business drama, click on the TV.  There you’ll find two families feuding for top ratings, led by Willie Roberston, the Duck Commander and Momager Kris Jenner, head of the Kardashian Klan.  What can they teach us about what to do – and not do! – if you want to work together and still get invited to Sunday dinner?  While not overly proud of my […]

By |September 3rd, 2013|Entertainment, Family, Family Business, Women in Business|Comments Off

Talking Family Business in Seminarland

Yikes! Your wife (husband, parent, kid) may be keeping you from making money!

By |August 12th, 2013|Accounting, Family, Making a Business Plan|2 Comments