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Will You “Beta-Test” My Blog? — 40 Comments

  1. Congratulations, Ed! As always, you have raised the bar on business resources.When you told me about your latest project I was thrilled knowing you would likely hit one out of the park — and that you have and you should be very proud. I really appreciate how you have provided the most useful information possible on some of the most vital subjects. You have eliminated the noise and focused your reader on what matters most. As they say, its easy to make life complicated, and difficult to make it simple and focused. Thank you for helping so many by continuing to share your wisdom and experience. You are a pillar of our business community. Thank you. Mike Manchak

    • Mike, Thank you for your kind words and support! Your influence with business communities is amazing. You were able to get both our county and our city to adopt economic strategic plans via the leadership of the Economic Vitality Corporation. So your comments are especially rewarding.

  2. Ed – I am so excited about what you are doing! What a gift you are giving all of us, by sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience with the world. I cannot wait to be a part of it and to support you in every way I can. You give such useful advice, while staying true to your kind and thoughtful voice. Bravo!

    • Thank you Erin,
      You are creating quite a sensation with your One Hot Mamma book and your erincox.com website. I look forward to your comments pro and con with these ideas for independent professionals.

  3. Again, Ed, you see it, you accept the challenge, you undertake it, and, once gain, you achieve and succeed at it! Congratulations on this endeaver. Indeed, it is clear, succinct, user-friendly, powerful, insightful, inviting and more. Thanks for doing this and for including me. Jack

  4. I’ve read through all from the beginning, and I appreciate all the good advice! One area to explore that I find difficult as an independent professional, is how to stop! When I’m on the road, the day is filled with the work for the client I’m visiting, and the nights are filled with all the other work. When I’m home, the home office is RIGHT THERE and I know there’s more I need to be doing for the business. If leisure time isn’t scheduled, sometimes the work flows into it. Anybody else have this problem?

    • Terry;
      You hit it on the head! ABSOLUTELY, if I don’t schedule and make sacred my “off-time” I don’t get it. And then if my mind is really going I just come back to the office to work some more (like now).

      A few things that help me:
      1) Recognizing that I make my own schedule, and often it does not have to conform to the rest of the world’s. This means when my 23 yr old son happens to visit for a morning, if I am not on a deadline or have something booked, I don’t go nuts with the ‘interruption’ and instead am THRILLED he wants to talk with me (how many moments do you get like that?)and then return to work.

      2) The other thing I do is a little anal for a “P” on the Myers-Briggs: I actually color-coding and tracking the time I DO spend on work, research & development, administration, billable client time, and business development — as well as exercise, breaks, and time with my husband every night has helped me acknowledge what I DO accomplish as well as refine what I want to do and end my fantasy that I want to do more or have to do more. This helps me get ‘what’s so’ I have also learned to put in ‘white space’ ( sometimes…hey, I am a work in progress!!)

      3) Lastly, I converted to Judasim in my thirties and raised my two sons observing Shabbat every Friday night and most of Saturday. So while they are grown now, and I am not as faithful in my weekly observance, I do usually light candles and get in touch with the ‘bigger’ things that make life worth living each Friday night and without fail, I bless my husband and have a weekly conversation on what I am grateful for about him, our life together and our world.

      These are but one way to unentangle myself from my work-alcoholic tendencies…and for most of you, they may be baby steps and you are onto new levels of mastery in this matter. But they help me get out of my comfort zone (work) and gain perspective.

      Wishing you a great AND RESTORATIVE weekend! Romi

  5. Ed, it’s about time you have chosen to share your wisdom and knowledge with a wider audience! Speaking as someone who has been running several businesses on my own for many years – your insight into helping me get through all types of issues has been extremely valuable.

  6. I am impressed. I have felt that I should be doing the same thing. However, time is my enemy. Daily would be impossible. I am envious.

    Suggest you spend a blog or two telling us why you are doing it. And who you want to reach?

    Keeping asking questions of your readers so you prompt them to comment rather than just post a note.

    The design is working fine.

    Write a note about your by tag line under your name. What is the story about this caption?


    • John,
      I appreciate your comments and your suggestions. I will write more about why I am doing this, but in short, it is to begin to build connections with independent professionals, generate ideas and tools and tips that can help us in our professions. This blog is a tiny beginning to that effort.
      I want to reach independent professionals who serve others and could use ideas and tools to be more effective; and ultimately to build connections to combat the inherent isolation. Thank you for the good input!

      • I am impressed too; and I read through your entire website before I agreed to do this. I think this “tiny beginning” is a huge step. So often professionals are told to network, and there seem to be a plethora of professional organizations where I think it is hoped one would find meaningful connections, only to be disappointed with the amount of ‘hype’ one finds there, so I think you have struck a nerve Ed.

  7. I was so happy to see this invitation on FB, for one of my biggest paradoxes is how much I love being an independent professional and I get so lonely for interaction with other professionals. Somehow, OD Net and ICF have not (yet) become the communities I think they could be for me. Right now I am also trying to finish my dissertation on the conversational conditions for creative breakthroughs in collaborative workgroups…so that might have something to do with it! But even before I took that on, the loneliness factor was getting to me.

    Your blog and commitments seemed perfectly timed for me right now.

    • Romi,
      Yes, the isolation factor can be good sometimes, but often it can be difficult to overcome. I am most motivated when I am accountable to someone, and the connections with others is an important success factor for me. I want to find effective ways we can build supportive communities. Thank you for your thoughts and best of luck with your dissertation.

      • One helpful way ‘an ongoing’ conversation can both increase accountability and allow for learning is if the group in dialogue feels safe enough to share mistakes, or doubts or wonderings — get feedback — go out and try something else and then share again.

        • Romi,
          I agree that safety is essential for a healthy dialogue. Sharing mistakes, etc., takes some courage, but everyone can learn from them. This is also such a vital component in creativity! I can’t wait to learn from your dissertation research.

    • Hi Eric,
      You always have such great insight! I know you commented on a post a month ago or so, but I lost it while converting to this format. Please feel free to comment on any old posts too!

  8. Ed, Congratulations and best wishes! i’ll enjoy reading your thoughts — always of value! thanks for including me in the test!

    • Caroline, You are a wonderful professional and I will always appreciate the teamwork we had when we chaired the Family Firm Institute conference in Cambridge!
      Thanks for your input.

  9. Ed:
    I’ll even zeta your blog.
    Have officially subscribed, so you know I’ll chime in when you are right, wrong, indifferent or titillating.
    Good luck and much success.

    • Thank you Sammy,
      You always have such great ideas in your newsletters! Thanks for chiming in with your insightful (and sometimes hopefully irreverent) comments.

  10. Ed,

    I am honored to be part of this Beta group.

    You have been an incredible support for us for many years, and we cherish your quote that praises our book, When Children Grieve.

    Warmest wishes [about 90 degrees today in Sherman Oaks],

    Russell Friedman
    and for John W. James

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