One of the hard things for business people dealing with legal issues is that there seems to be so much uncertainty. Correction – there usually is uncertainty.   That’s tough for clients. So many are used to feeling mastery over their professional affairs,...
I like survival shows. The minimalism and realism speak to me. The experiences of the survivalists also remind me of entrepreneurship. Survivalists and entrepreneurs have a lot in common... 1. Constraints: Survivalists and entrepreneurs deal with finite resources, especially initially. Each...
Ohio employers utilize non-compete agreements to keep their highly sought after employees from walking out the door to a competitor. While non-compete agreements are enforced by Ohio courts, they are heavily scrutinized based upon the underlying facts in each case. The...

The Experience Trap

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Although experience is often an asset, when it comes to creating new products, it can be a trap. I was meeting with some members of the innovation team at a large insurance company as we were working on how they...
In some ways, you don’t want to be the guy who says, “I’ve been doing this a long time.” Often it comes across as a bit condescending, as though the fact that the speaker has been doing it longer...
Pitch competitions are all the rage for startups. The pandemic has slowed them a bit with only some transitioning to being virtual, but they are still on-going and likely to pick up speed again in person soon. I wish...
If you are fortunate, your company will spend a minimum of time and money on litigation. But it's unfortunately often a reality of doing business. Companies that act like they will have litigation can make that process less burdensome, and increase...

Beware the Side Hustle

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My grandfather had a saying, “If you chase too many rabbits at the same time you will end up with none.” I’ve come to agree with him. With rise of the hustle culture, a term which I am not a...