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May 27, 2005

Feedburner and Google Adsense

Feedburner has announced that they are supporting Google Adsense ads.  I'm curious about where this is all going so I'm going to try and enable Adsense on my blog just to see what happens.  I'll be watching it to see if it works and to see what sort of ads google comes up with.  Feel free to comment or email me if it gets annoying or does something stupid.  I've set it to only kick in on posts of 100 words or more, so if I did everything write this one will get an ad. 

Woops, I need four more words. Have a great Holiday!

May 27, 2005 in Blogging | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots

Since I wrote my post on Jarbarish, I've been getting a lot of examples of how we as business people often don't speak clearly.

I haven't read this book yet, but I like the title:  Why Business People Speak Like Idiots:   A Bullfighter's Guide.  It has great reviews on amazon.com, so I'm putting it on my wishlist. 

May 27, 2005 in Entrepreneurship | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Success on the Step book review

I recently read Success on the Step - Flying with Kenmore Air by C. Marin Faure and it definitely makes my list of Five Star books for Entrepreneurs.  I picked this up at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.  It isn't even available on Amazon.com which is too bad, but you can order it directly from the Kenmore Air website above.

If you've ever been to Seattle, more than likely you've seen a Kenmore Air float plane fly overhead.  You might of thought that they are just a sightseeing company, but they are much more than that.  Many people have depended on Kenmore Air since 1945 when it was founded by Reginald Collins, Jack Mines and Robert Munro.

Success on the Step tells a true story of entrepreneurship, bush planes and Alaskan and Canadian adventure.  If like me you love great stories about people who just won't quit, airplanes and anything having to do with the water, then this book is for you.

With the company only about a year old they lost their pilot when Jack Mines was killed in an accident.  It would have been easy for Collins and Munro to quit at that point, get nice safe jobs at Boeing and live comfortable lives.  They didn't though, and now the world has another great company that's been built on integrity and doing what is right for the customer.

I have never flown with Kenmore Air, but the next time I'm in Seattle I'm going to take a flight with them.  I only wish that Bob Monroe was still flying - I think we'd have a lot to talk about.

May 27, 2005 in Entrepreneurship | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

May 26, 2005

Denver Post on CEO Blogs

A few weeks ago I had an email conversation with Greg Griffin, a reporter for The Denver Post.  He was writing an article that ultimately was titled "Treading with caution in the blogsphere" and it is published here.  Greg suggests at the end of the article that if an employee writes something the employer doesn't like, they can be fired because in Colorado we are an "at-will employment state."  That's true I suppose but it sure isn't going to help with open communications with those that are left.

Since that article I've thought a lot about what I can and can't really say as a CEO.  I'm certainly going to try to avoid embarrassing anyone with my blog, myself included, unless they really deserve it - myself included.  So at times I may have to speak in more general terms about lessons I've learned as an entrepreneur.

Stephen Baker and Heather Green wrote a very good article in Businessweek on blogs and how they are evolving within business and changing the MSM (Main Stream Media).  It's worth reading if you are trying to figure out what all this blogging stuff is about.

In the end, blogging is just another new form of communications.  It would be interesting to graph the "new forms of communications" through history.  Maybe instead of the "computer revolution" or the "Internet Era" this time in history will be thought of as the "communications revolution".

May 26, 2005 in Blogging | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack