Thursday, April 04

Sean University: GOOOOAAAAALLLLL

by Sean Adams

Business is a lot like soccer because they both have goals. They’re also both done by people, and they both happen in pre-determined places, but we’re not going to talk about those parts. We’re going to focus on the goals for today’s lesson here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership.

Now, business goals are not exactly the same as soccer goals. For example, they don’t involve nets, unless you’re in the net industry or the booby trap industry. But they are similar in a lot of ways. Like, in both soccer and business, getting goals is a good thing.

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Thursday, March 28

Sean University: A Column on Columns

by Sean Adams

Which businesses can you trust the most? The businesses that have been around the longest! And what do the businesses that have been around the longest have? Columns! Think about it! Those old businesses in Greece and Roman everyone’s still hot for? They got columns all over the place!

That’s why, when you’re launching your business, you should consider throwing some columns on that thing. Then people will see it and think, “Jeez, when did that place start up? Ancient times? And they’re still in business? Wow! I should throw some money at them!” Except they wouldn’t actually throw the money because that might knock down one of the columns, and nobody wants to be that guy who knocks down the columns!

So, pretty simple, right? Just toss some columns around and call it a day? NO WAY! You need to be STRATEGIC about it! Luckily, we here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership know a little bit about the tasteful placement of columns. In fact, three of the four legs on the chair that I am sitting in right now? Mini columns! The fourth one is a really expensive golf club. Jealous?

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Thursday, March 07

Sean University: Just about to Reimburst!

by Sean Adams


Today, we’re going to talk about reimbursement. No, that doesn’t mean hugging again. That’s reembracement. Reimbursement is the thing where your employees do something, pay for it, give you a receipt, and then you give them that money back.

But there are some things that you shouldn’t reimburse your employees for. Like what, you ask. We’ll tell you what! Here’s the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership approved list of stuff NOT to reimburse:

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Thursday, February 28

Sean University: End-of-February Education Festival of Learning!

by Sean Adams


Instead of using this space to hold our as-scheduled weekly class, I’d instead like to announce something exciting: the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership End-of-February Education Festival of Learning! We’ll be teaching a super-special workshop on each of the last three days of February. Here’s what’s in store:

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Thursday, February 21

Sean University: The Rolls Roycemail of Voicemail!

by Sean Adams


The problem with desks is that they can’t go with your employees to the bathroom or to lunch. And even if they could, they wouldn’t be able to bring their phones with them because of the wires. That means there are going to be times when your employees won’t be able to answer the phone, which means they’ll have to set up their voicemail.

But what should they say on their voicemail message? That’s where things get complicated. You want them to be kind, inviting, AND informative. That’s a lot for anyone who’s not super smart to tackle, so YOU should script it. Or, even better, you should let the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership script it for you!

Here’s what your employees should say on their voicemail away messages:

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Thursday, February 14

Sean University: Like a Fridge over Troubled Water

by Sean Adams

Refrigerators are a lot like offices: they both have doors and compartments and things inside. One of the things you’ll find in an office is a refrigerator, which is a lot like an office, because it has doors and compartments and things inside, except it doesn’t have a refrigerator in it like offices do.

But look, we could go on like this all day. The point is that offices have refrigerators in them, which are a lot like offices themselves because they have doors and compartments and things inside. And, like offices, there need to be some rules. You can’t just let people put whatever they want in there. That would be madness, almost like if you didn’t have any rules for what people could bring into the office itself, which by the way, if you think about it, is kind of like a refrigerator (similarities include doors, compartments, things, etc.) built to keep your business fresh.

But we’re not going to talk about rules for your whole office. We’re going to keep this lesson focused on the office fridge. Here are the rules we have for the fridge here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership. Let them serve as an example that you can follow in your own business.

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Thursday, February 07

Sean University: Art of the Department

by Sean Adams

Businesses are like flowers. They start out small and blossom. The only difference is that businesses don’t have to start underground and also flowers are plants whereas businesses are businesses. But still, the same concept applies: you want to grow your business as much as possible, and that means adding some new departments.

What kinds of departments, you wonder? Well, we here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership have some suggestions. Check it out:

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Thursday, January 31

Sean University: Mobilize!

by Sean Adams

When I received a spam email earlier this week, I did what I always do: I read it carefully, then re-read it to make sure I didn’t miss anything, then I printed and highlighted key points in case anyone asked for a summary.

It turns out the email was advertising a webinar about constructing a mobile strategy for your business. This made me panic a little bit. A competitor? Emailing me? Offering a class on something that I haven’t covered yet here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership?

Until now, that is! That’s right, folks! Here it is! Our hastily-assembled guide to mobilizing your business:

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Thursday, January 24

Sean University: The Trap-prentice

by Sean Adams


In business, not everything is as it seems. Someone who acts like your friend might be secretly gunning for your job. And what seems like a smart business move might bring your company to the brink of financial ruin. And what looks like a nice refreshing cocktail in a tall glass garnished with flowers might actually be a flower arrangement in a vase.

When you run your own business, you’re very rarely on stable ground. You need to be prepared for anything and everything to change drastically at any moment. And furthermore, you need to prepare your employees. How do you do that? It’s easy: by putting some trapdoors around the office. Not just anywhere, though. You want to put your trapdoors in strategic locations to best hammer home the core values of the business world.

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Thursday, January 17

Sean University: Card you dig it?!

by Sean Adams


Remember when we had a lesson on business cards here at the Sean Adams University of Business Development Management Leadership? Well, if you do, it probably means you have a brain problem, because there never was a lesson on business cards. But still, having business cards is an important part of being a businessman. But you can’t just hold onto them. You want to hand them out too!

Seems simple enough. You just hand it out to whoever, right? Sure, IF YOU WANT THEM TO BE THROWN AWAY IMMEDIATELY! People don’t care about business cards that someone hands them unsolicited. You need to get people to believe they SHOULD take it. Here’s how:

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