We were there for the very first serve of the 2015 season

Windermere Prep Lakers Girls Varsity Volley Ball season opener 2015
Windermere Prep Lakers Girls Varsity Volleyball season opener 2015 two nights ago.


The Lakers won both games handily.


The time to network is when you don’t need to.

The time to look for your next job is when you don’t need to.

The time to start your own company is when you don’t need to.

The time to teach teens (in this case, a high school freshman) about these things is when you don’t need to. Like at the Girls Varsity Volleyball home opener two nights ago.

The way to build relationships is to be visible and approachable.

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They both have taken a path similar to Walt Disney

Jake Poore, founder of Integrated Loyalty Systems
Dressing for success in t-shirt and cut-off jeans.


Jake Poore, founder of Integrated Loyalty Systems
Lower  right, barley distinguishable, the business sign of my public office – My French Cafe.


Jake Poore, founder of Integrated Loyalty Systems
A photographer making selfies cool again.


We’ve been talking for the past few years about getting together for lunch. Seriously. Years.

It happened yesterday.

Jake, a 19-year Disney veteran, left Disney right after 9/11 because he had a dream that couldn’t be realized in a corporate setting. His ideas were stifled. September 11th made it even worse.

He took action.

He recounted the first year of applying for multiple gas credit cards to make ends meet as a struggling entrepreneur. He also spoke of living on Campbell’s Soup because that was the best he could afford.

He just hired his 19th full-time employee and the first with a six-figure salary.

Just a hunch, pretty sure he had some hope of recruiting me. Flattered.

Ever have a moment when you inspire yourself because of your convictions?

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Are you on LinkedIn?

Mid Life Celebration book at Epcot
Interesting resumes do not happen magically


The most interesting thing about LinkedIn profiles is how good everybody looks on paper.

Seriously, have you ever spent 30 minutes and just read as many profiles as you can?

With rare exceptions they all sound like this:

I’m so smart, I’m so smart, I’m so smart.

It’s gutsy to put a resume out there that contradicts every piece of conventional resume writing protocol.

It’s also fun.

Better late than never?

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LinkedIn Profile Quick Tip

LinkedIn profiles.  How many have you read?  I’ve read a ton.

Please forgive me for saying this, “Most of them bore me to tears”. They all say essentially the same thing about the author, “I’m so smart, I’m so smart, I’m so smart”.

The intent, noble.  The result, boring.  Why?  Because they all sound the same. Without creativity, and without courage, we perform the status quo.

Who’s looking to hire status quo?  In today’s tough market, I’m guessing no one.

What prompted this post?  A couple days ago a LinkedIn connection said, “Yours is the best LinkedIn profile ever.  Interesting yet informative”.

Ok, so it’s just one person’s opinion, but it sure feels good to know the intent and the result aligned.