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Posts for for April, 2018

What would you give up your weekend for?

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Yesterday was Sunday.

And I normally work some on the weekends (in fairness I have times I am not doing office work during the week) as part of my overall work-life integration.

But yesterday was different.  I stopped my weekend early and I got to work.

I was working on an upcoming program on women in business – challenging the status quo. Finding real answers (and solutions) to why women aren’t doing more in business (at least in corporate jobs).

It’s been a long-time passion of mine, especially since my TEDx talk on the topic.

And now I am working on a book and program with the amazing Sally Glick to make people think bigger and different on women in business.

This could change the world.  And for that I’ll give up part of my weekend.

Check out the VIDEO.

What are you passionate about?  What would you give up your weekend for?  Comment on the video or write me directly!

Muzzle That Child!

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Do you stand up for what you believe in?

It seems a lot of times we don’t.

I’m not sitting here in a glass house throwing stones.  I’ve done it too.

It seems more and more we avoid conflict.

Our media is tailored to us. If we don’t like what someone else is saying we don’t even have to listen to it.

But we are still all connected.

And what happens WHEN.

When someone comes at you with their views.  And you have to react.

Like when someone comes up and tells you to muzzle your child?

Do you think I am joking?  I am not.

One of my LinkedIn friends had this happen to her.

What do you do?

I think we have a duty to engage in healthy debate.  To embrace conflict. To stand up for ourselves.

We are in a thought lead world.  And not saying something is saying something.

Here is my video reaction to “muzzle your child.”

So – what do you stand for?

Tell me!

Metrics and Disappointment

Posted on: April 28th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Metrics.  Shannon J. Gregg and I are huge fans.

When we teach time management, or rather Time Magicment(™), we talk a lot about installing metrics.

And good metrics monitor the things you do that lead to the results you want.

Note:  it’s the things you do that metrics should measure, not the results.

And sometimes you do things that lead to the results you want — and nothing happens.

Believe me it happens to all of us.

Let me take you behind the curtains to my world.

Here you are…behind the scenes and McBride For Business.

Let’s start with the goals. One of my biggest goals is to help others live their dreams. Shannon J. Gregg and I have committed to impact (and improve) 10,000 careers.

But how to we get there?  Speaking and consulting with clients is a big part of it.

I need to be on more stages – think national and regional conferences with business owners and business leaders in the audiences.  I have a message that helps them. And they are in power at the organizations with the teams I can help.

To get on the stages it requires ever growing circles of friendship and influence.

And do to do that I keep up this email list.  And I work hard to write meaningful things that will help successful private business owners – like you.

I try to keep giving things of value from my speeches, audience interactions and client work.  I want to help you. And in the end I want you to know the tip of the iceberg of what I can do if you – or a group you belong to – ever needs bigger help.

And I also do a like release videos on my LinkedIn Page.

But recently I had a day where I recorded several videos and no one watched.  I mean like one view per video.

Some of my videos get a thousand or more views (and I know others get a lot more so I am not bragging by any stretch).  But WOW – Crickets.

It makes you question things in your mind.  Why spend all that time recording for 1 view?

But I know my direction.  The metrics were set at a time of cold reflection.  I know they’ll work. So I keep going. (After a few long hours the view numbers started to creep up)

At least for now.  At some point I’ll revisit the metrics and see if I am allocating my time right.  But one bad day of feedback doesn’t change it.

And that’s why we have metrics.  Metrics that are based on our activity – not the results we see.

What’s your experience?  Are you using metrics? What feedback are you getting?

Let me know!


Who do you love?

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments


What is love?

Que music.

Just like great music can bring back emotions and feeling we know there is feeling in business too.

Things that we love.  Things that make us feel good.  Things that inspire us.

In fact business without inspiration would be, well…., boring.

Many of the greatest things in business were a response to inspiration.

Do you feel love for some of the people and things you experience in business.

Do you ever stop and say “I love you”?

I did recently.  I created a LinkedIn video and started commenting on all of the people I love in business.  It’s a lot. And if I didn’t get to you I am still adding folks.

I am blessed.  A lot of people have given me love in business.  And I have a lot to love.

Who do you love in business?

Join the comment chain.

I’d also be touched if you did your own video and talk about those that you love.  Just let me know when you do so I can join in your movement.

Check out my video on love from the other day.

Don’t be afraid to comment there or write me here on your thoughts on love!

How do you like being AVERAGE?

Posted on: April 26th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Almost 1,000 views.

That’s where we are on a recent video I did about wearing different attire in business – as of the writing on this.

A lot of people seem to be wondering how they can Do Business Differently(™) in their way and it’s showing in the view numbers.

And there is no one answer on how to Do Business Differently(™).

For me it’s the suits to remind others they should find their way.

It’s also fighting the Maryland State Bar Association on their lack of communication.  I am fighting an institution – not because it is easy, but because it is right.

Being different is tough.  But you have support. I support you being you.  I think it’s more real and critical to long-term business success.

Doing what everyone else does locks you in a terrible world:  AVERAGE.

Who grew up to be average?  You have more in you.

I don’t believe an of us are average.  There’s no such things.

My challenge to you today is how do you show the world – in a way they can see clearly and regularly from you – that you aren’t average?

For me it’s the suits (and more).

What about you?

Let me know.  Or comment on the video and let the world know!

How Unique Can You Be in Business?

Posted on: April 25th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

You are different, right?

You are on this list so I think you have at least some affinity for the concept of Do Business Differently™.  Or I sure hope you do!

Different can come out in many ways.  For some of us it’s attire.

You know I wear the vibrant suits that lock in my message.  But Kedma Ough wears a cape.  Roger Wakefiled turns into Texas Green Plumbing Man.

There is a real benefit to being unique. Afterall our customers are after it.  They don’t want the same old, same old.

But for some folks dressing different might seem impossible.  Or ill-advised.

Can you dress differently and still be in business?

I explore that in this video.

What are your thoughts?

Please watch and comment and join in the discussion!


How Painful Is Innovation?

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments


It is exciting.  It is also taxing and inconvenient.  I think that is why most people don’t do it.

I have a goal to email my list every day.

It’s now been a week.


I had some travel. And I had major innovation.

Years of hard work came together and I designed the Do Business Effectively™ Pyramid.

You can see it HERE.

This is a major innovation in how companies can see and plan their training needs.

And while it came to me quickly – the updates and changes to get this into actual practice were less than easy.

My question to you is this:  Will you endure the pain and inconvenience to innovate.

Most won’t.  But will you?

Drop me a note and let me know!

Could there be big opportunities in other countries?

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

There is a real joy to traveling and experiencing new things.

It’s almost universally agreed that people like seeing new cultures and things.

But how about doing business somewhere else? Has that ever caught your attention?

What doors would it open?  How would it affect you?

Could it change more than your business?  Could it change your life?

In a recent video I explored the idea of doing business internationally.

I’ve been helping businesses come into the United States to do business for many years – and it’s given me a deep understanding of other cultures.

I did a video on it.

Check it out.

And if you are curious on my new Doing Business in the US course you can learn more here.

What do you think about international business?  Write me and let me know.


Growth – At what cost?

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments


It’s great.  It’s often coveted in business.

And we need to grow in life too.

But growth has a cost. A highly human and personal cost.

If you, like me, have lots friends in the process of growth check out this video.

I talk about the reality of growth and the fact that it often does have a very human cost.


Is it worth it?  What’s been your experience?  Write me and let me know.


The rules for launching a new product line

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

The anatomy of a new business launch.

Ever wonder about launching a new business?

Ever wonder about how to determine if you should add a new product line to your business?

Well, it’s a question I’ve been getting a lot of while speaking lately.

So I recorded a video on it.  You can check it out here.

What are your thoughts?

Feel free to comment on the video or write me directly.  I read every email.