Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How do you get out of the ditch?

I prepared and planned the night before.

Up early the next morning, I set my course and get on the road.

My path is clear.

Then it happens.

Something runs out in front of me or I'm caught unexpectedly from behind. I veer off course. Maybe the shoulder is loose. I spin out and before I know it, I'm stuck in the ditch.

Plans change, often by forces out of our control. Every project manager, small business owner or entrepreneur knows this. But we all deal with it differently.

How do you handle unforeseen changes? Do you let them derail you or do you look for the new opportunities that the unexpected may provide?

I'd love to hear your strategies for dealing with what you weren't expecting. I'd like to learn how you get out of the ditch.

Post a comment below or send me a tweet at @mikebarzacchini.

(Inspired by +Jonathan Barzacchini )

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What new concept, product or service excites you?

We ate at Bar Bici  on Saturday evening. It's a new street Italian food concept with a single location in South Bend, Indiana, in the Eddy Street Commons near the Notre Dame campus.

The food was fresh, fun and tasty, delivered with friendly and efficient service. We enjoyed our experience and hope to see Bar Bici grow throughout northern Indiana, southern Michigan and maybe even to our suburban Chicago neighborhood.

What new concepts, products or services are you excited about? Or if you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, what are you planning to launch in 2017.  Let me know in a comment below or send a tweet to @mikebarzacchini. I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, happy trendhunting!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter roadtrip? Remember to pack your patience and a sense of humor.

We left Chicago on Saturday afternoon for a quick roadtrip to South Bend. The journey was complicated a bit by a snow storm we were driving into and one right on our tail. I made certain to pack extra warm clothes, a flashlight, water and other items to help keep us safe and warm. Then I thought of two other things I wanted to make sure I took with me -- patience and a sense of humor.

No matter what happens on the road ahead, I'll be well served by remembering both. I hope your journeys this week are smooth and joyful.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Remembering the "live-acy" of John Glenn

I grew up in the 1960s, at the height of the space race, in Ohio. Of course, John Glenn was my hero.

I had the honor of meeting him once, when I was a 25-year-old reporter on assignment in DC with a group of western Ohio farmers in town to meet and lobby elected officials. In person, like on TV, he exuded calm, strength and confidence, and with that smile and those sparkling eyes, he instantly engaged you.

I remembered tales of his courageous exploits as a fighter pilot. But until I read the obits today, I’d forgotten about his work to stem nuclear proliferation. Like Dwight Eisenhower and so many Americans who served to keep our country safe, he understood the horrors of war and that peace was something to work for and value at all costs.

John Glenn lived with no limits, even going into space at age 77. A man of service. A man of war. A man of peace. A man who touched the stars. A man for the ages. And now, eternally, a man of the heavens. Thank you, bless you, John Glenn.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Baby, it's cold outside. Stay warm. Work on your goals.

In Chicago, we've made a rapid plunge from a long, golden fall and warm early winter into the depths of #Chiberia. The windchill was 2 degrees F this morning, with more cold and snow coming. The weather provides a great excuse to brew tea, stay close to the fire and work on your goals -- those you need to close out for 2016 and the ones that will quickly launch a successful 2017.