Right Idea. Wrong Business.

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About 5 (ish) years ago I was invited to one of the first masterminds I had ever attended. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, this is usually a gathering of entrepreneurs in which everyone comes to the table with a problem and the group works in concert with each person to find solutions. This problem-solving method is often referred to as a “hot seat” because one person is sitting and listening to feedback from everyone else in the room and sometimes it can feel a bit intense like having a fire lit under your… well, you […]

The Puzzle Master, The Ninja, And The Pop Star

Desert Sojourn, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 30_ x 22_ $1650

A few weeks back one of my readers sent me a link to a video on the Tube Of Yous of a guy named Chris Ramsay who has amassed millions of followers as a result of working on puzzles and recording it. The story goes that when the pandemic hit, he had a puzzle that he wanted to work on and he decided to record himself working his way through it until completion and when that puzzle was done, he did another one and recorded another video. At some point, the videos took off, and now he has a massive […]

Tales from the Script

Carlo Proietto, Pericoli Nascosti, 2007 Pyrography, 39.5_ x 47.5

When I was a kid I used to stay up late to watch the show Tales From The Crypt.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a series on cable hosted by a character named The Crypt Keeper who looked like a cross between Skeletor and David Spade in the movie Joe Dirt and featured many well-known actors. Every episode was a different story that focused on the idea of twist endings which I really loved and most of the time the story involved a character who thought they were getting one over on someone or something (the show […]

A Troubling Tony Winner

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The very first show I had my name on as a producer on Broadway was called The Scottsboro Boys.  Those of you in the theatre may have heard of it, but many people will not know the show because it only ran for two months on Broadway and while almost every interview I have done has asked me about how I became a producer, I have never been asked about why I decided to raise money for that show. For those who have never heard of the show, it was a musical that dealt with the famous Scottsboro case in which 9 Black […]

My Career Story: Michael Roderick, SuperConnector

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Name: Michael Roderick Current Job: Founder of Small Pond Enterprises LLC and host of the Access To Anyone Podcast Current Place: New York City  Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island Age: 41 What I wanted to be when I grew up: A Teacher College degree: Double Major in Theatre Performance and Secondary Ed. English from Rhode Island College, then a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University.  What do you love about what you do? I love helping people see more in themselves and finding new and innovative ways to help them spread their message.  What is the biggest challenge? Entrepreneurship […]

Business As Unusual

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It’s been really interesting to watch how people are handling their brands during this particular time. I’ve watched some people act like nothing is happening at all and keep running ads for their latest freebie or checklist with no mention of what’s going on in the world. I’ve also seen some people create groups and communities on the fly and set them up on the Book Of Faces and other platforms. I’ve also watched a bunch of people fire up their phones and shoot videos telling us all what they’re going through during this time and the “three things to […]

The Schrute Room Test

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I’ve spoken before about the many lessons that can be found in the show The Office, but here is one of my favorites: There’s an episode where Michael and Dwight are both at a hotel and Michael finds out that he doesn’t have a hotel room to stay in. After being turned down, Dwight shows up with his reservation number and gets the material for his room. At this point, Michael is begging Dwight to stay in his room with him and says “I’d do the same for you” at which point Dwight looks quizzically at the paper and says that […]

What If I Have Nothing to Offer?

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In almost every class I’ve ever taught in the relationship-building space, there is a question that comes up more than any other when I talk about reaching out to people at higher levels for things like mentorship, advice, etc. What If I have nothing to offer that person because I’m just a ______________?  Before I get into the weeds with this, let me first say that everyone deals with this on some level. We all have people who we see as doing such great things we imagine anything we could suggest or offer them would pale in comparison to what […]

My Top 5 Books of 2019

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As we start to head into the last few months of the year (where did the time go?!) I decided to go back through the ol’ archives and see what I haven’t written about in a while and I realized it’s been a minute since I posted a book list. I love sharing books that have been helpful to me, books that have made me think, and books that are simply fascinating, and since we’ll all be hopefully getting a little reading time in now that the holidays are upon us, I thought I’d share with you all some books […]

Performative Reciprocity

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I have a friend who really loves to do calls where we get into the weeds of relationship-building methodologies. He enjoys digging deeper into the frameworks I’ve developed and in all our calls he gets me to go even deeper into the work that I do. And before I get into the topic he brought up, I’ll also add that having someone like this in your circle can be incredibly valuable to the rigor of your work. There are those who will take your ideas at face value and then there are those who will challenge your ideas with questions. […]