Should You Follow Cramer’s Stock Market Tips?

By Brett Fox | October 23, 2014

Should You Follow Cramer’s Stock Market Tips? By Brett Fox Here we go again. The NASDAQ is up. The S&P is up. Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief. Last week’s “correction” is over, and we’re off to the races…again. CNBC’s commentators are gushing: “Look at this board! 27 of 30 stocks are positive!!!” CNBC’s…

Do You Need to Think Big to Win in Business or Should You Play it Safe?

By Brett Fox | October 16, 2014

Do You Need To Think Big In Business Or Can You Play It Safe? By Brett Fox I was recently in a new product idea meeting, and Greg was proposing his latest idea. Greg and I have worked together, on and off, for over 20 years, and Greg has always thought big ever since we…

How Stuttering Can Make You A Better Public Speaker

By Brett Fox | October 8, 2014

Can Stuttering Can Make You A Better Public Speaker? By Brett Fox Even though it was over 20 years ago, I remember the moment just like it was yesterday. It was a nightmare. I was presenting at my company’s sales conference. There was a disconnect between my brain and my mouth. My brain was telling…

What Are The Steps You Should Take Now Before the Coming Stock Market Correction?

By Brett Fox | September 29, 2014

You wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. The stock market just dropped by 20% yesterday, and you were caught unprepared. Don’t think this can happen to you? Think again. It happens with regularity. It’s part of our business cycle. It happened October 19, 1987 when the DOW dropped 22.61%.…

San Francisco is on Fire – When Will the Stock Market Bubble Burst Again?

By Brett Fox | September 17, 2014

I was giddy, but I was scared to death. I knew at some point the stock market was going to crash, but I didn’t want to miss out on the boom. It was paralyzing…well, almost. That’s how I felt in 1999 before the stock market crashed. I knew, deep down inside that I needed to…

What Should You Do When The Boss Says No?

By Brett Fox | September 4, 2014

“Bring us up to your level.” the CEO said to me when he was recruiting me to join his company as a division general manager. I was flattered. I also thought I could really help the company. I was eager to get started. After all, the company was very successful and very profitable. However, the…

The Tale of Jim and Jane: Is it Better to Earn Your Promotion or be Given a Promotion? The Answer Might Surprise You

By Brett Fox | August 28, 2014

“You’re doing a great job, but I think you’re a year away from being promoted to Director,” I said to “Jim”. Jim looked devastated. He had done great work, everything I ever asked him to do, and I thought he could progress far in the organization. He was also very young, maybe five years into…

Can You Be Tough, Nice and Successful . . . Or Am I Smoking Crack?

By Brett Fox | August 12, 2014

Can You Be Tough, Nice, And Successful Or Am I Smoking Crack? By Brett Fox I fell into a trap early in my career. I was wildly successful, well respected, promoted every year, and I was getting more and more responsibility. You’re wondering, “What is the problem? That’s what everyone wants, right?” Yes, you want…

The 3 Hiring Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

By Brett Fox | August 5, 2014

I blew it. The voice in the back of my head was arguing with itself. On the one hand it was saying, “Don’t hire ‘Jim’. There’s something wrong with him.” On the other hand, the voice was saying, “Brett, you need help in this area. You should hire Jim. He’s got a wealth of experience.…

Six Business Lessons You Can Learn From Project Runway

By Brett Fox | July 29, 2014

I am coming out of the closet, so to speak. No, not like THAT! My family’s favorite television show, Project Runway, began season 13 last Thursday night. For the next 16 Thursdays, my family and I will live and die with the escapades of an unknown group of eclectic fashion designers. We will make it…