Time to breathe

For the past three years, I’ve taken a “sabbatical.”  I spend the month of June traveling with my family.   Sure, I check in now and then but for the most part, I am decidedly not working.  For the first ten years of running my own business, I couldn’t take a single full day off. I… Read more »

Want to get a promotion? Ask for help.

Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. If you want someone to trust you with something difficult — perhaps a project that’s normally above your pay-grade or a task that you haven’t done before — you have to learn when to raise your hand and say “help me, please.” If I can’t trust… Read more »

Agile is not an approach; it’s a mindset

The Sea Dragons team at Big Sea just finished a website design project with one of the original authors of the Agile manifesto, Alistair Cockburn. We’ve had a difficult time approaching traditional marketing-oriented websites from an Agile perspective. We just couldn’t get the iterations and sprints to line up with the very waterfall-esque nature of… Read more »

Standing Up and Standing Alone

I had a long conversation with my 9 year old daughter last weekend about how doing the right thing is often really difficult. About what being empathetic really means, about understanding why a friend might be teasing or ignoring you. About what they really might be feeling that’s causing their behavior. We talked about how… Read more »

We’re just not *there* yet.

As much as you might want to rush into things, I’m just not ready to commit.  We’re not *there* yet. Forcing me to endure your sales pitch by calling as soon as I download a whitepaper is basically a death sentence for our relationship. (It’s why we talk about “nurturing.”) You never get a second… Read more »

Don’t speak unless it improves the silence

I run a digital marketing agency, and we are HubSpot Gold partners. In fact, we are partners with a lot of digital marketing platforms, but HubSpot is the one that best defines the approach we use for marketing. That is: HubSpot is an inbound marketing platform, and we are an (mostly) inbound marketing agency. Content marketing is… Read more »