San Francisco 1906, New Orleans 2005

It's hard to think about anything these days but the thousands of people who perished in the hurricane and floods and the 1.5 million people who have been displaced whose lives are permanently disrupted. Today I've been inspired by reading an article written 99 years ago in the aftermath of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. This was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States up until that time. Please read this and pass it along, if you think it can give us some hope and a new perspective.

Donut Auction to Help Katrina Victims

This weeked government rescue efforts and private charity have kicked into high gear. It seems we have turned the corner in providing relief for the 1.5 million displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations to the Red Cross and to church-based relief efforts are in the millions. I saw first hand yesterday how generous people are here in Utah.

Another VOD Trial Bites the Dust

Disney's MovieBeam experiment apparently hasn't gotten traction yet. The company has spent at least $70 million trying to market this video-on-demand service to three cities (including Salt Lake City). Consumers received a set-top box and access to 100 movies stored on a local hard drive, with up to 10 new movies per week replacing movies they no longer wanted. Disney may be trying to sell the service. I thought there were several problems when I heard about Moviebeam: the

Another Angel Group in Utah!

This morning's paper mentioned a new angel group in Utah, the Olympus Angels. The 15-member group led by Jim Ellsworth will provide "seed capital and advice" to young entrepreneurs, according to Alan Hall. Alan is the founder of Grow Utah Ventures, which now has spawned both Top of Utah Angels and Olympus Angels. Both angel groups can be contacted by visiting Grow Utah Ventures or calling 801-479-5525.

Will Your Management Team Succeed?

I am totally disappointed today. I just learned that the UITA-sponsored Will West/Amy Lewis discussion today about management teams was a breakfast meeting. I marked September 1 on my calendar, but I thought it was a lunch meeting. Please, please, please, if anyone attended, can you send me your notes/impressions or blog about what they said? Will is the #1 fund-raising entrepreneur in the history of Utah. Amy is one of the most energizing speakers I have ever heard. I can't believe I missed this event.

Will West and Amy Lewis on Management Teams

Thanks to Ryan Money (Junto 2005), I got a copy of the handouts Will and Amy used in today's UITA breakfast.

Keys to Management Success - Will West, Control4

Hire right. In fact, hire people that are better than you are. If you don't you can't grow an exceptional organization. Do this right, and 80% of your job is done. Do this wrong, and you'll sink.

Be yourself. Don't try to be the manager you read in a book. Use those learningÂ?s to mold your approach, but don't try to become someone else. You aren't, and you probably won't do it well.

Create passion. Retention, extra hours, loyalty to the business, etc. are all easier when your management team believes in a vision. Help your team understand why you are going to change your little comer of the world.