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Chris Busch
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
I'm one of those guys who enjoys helping other people become successful.
Interests: hockey, writing, books, baseball, football, basketball, infomercials, hunting, fishing, thinking
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Mom crafted a really fine cranberry sauce. Sweet but just right tart. Her Thanksgiving feasts were legend. Until a few years ago, an annual pilgrimage for her family. This is her second bedfast Thanksgiving. At 95, mom has been in hospice care at sis’s home for nearly 18 months. She’s still with us in many ways. The important ones. And yet she’s slowly leaving too. But, she’s still grateful. And so are we. Isn’t that something? Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Chris Busch
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After quitting my first job at age 11, I quickly found a second one requiring a similar skill set...picking up trash. This time at a public swimming pool just a hundred yards or so south of the frozen custard stand. It didn’t pay as well, but I got to swim for free which was my main angle anyway. An older husband and wife managed the pool. He was by training a chemist, a skill that was well used managing water quality in a pool with several hundred visitors on warm Western Pennsylvania summer days. During my second summer there, 1964,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Chris Busch
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I’ve had some good bosses along the way. I’ve had some who were not so talented. But, I have to admit, I never had a really bad boss. Two of the things I’ve tried to learn from the dozens of managers and leaders I’ve worked for or with over the years have been, (1) Behaviors that seemed to work well and produce good results, and (2) Behaviors that did not work so well...those that I would put on my “avoid” list. I had my first boss when I was about 11 years old. He owned a frozen custard stand near... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Chris Busch
“Did you communicate with the vendor about this problem?” “Yes.” “How?” “I sent them an email.” “Did you get a response?” “No.” “Then the answer to my first question is no.” Email has it’s place in our world, but we should never assume that sending an email, in itself, is communicating. To have communication, the loop must be closed. Email is also not good for handling difficult situations that require confrontation or dealing with a sticky problem. For generic problems that have no emotions attached, email usually works fine. But sometimes, you just need to pick up the phone or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Chris Busch
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Today, February 22, marks the anniversary of one of the great stories in sports history. Lake Placid, New York. The 1980 Winter Olympics. The Soviet National Hockey team. Team USA. And Coach Herb Brooks. The US team consisted of 20 college players. It was a time when only amateurs could compete on US teams. The Russians, well, they were older, bigger, more talented and all around the best hockey team in the world. Yes, in the world. They had beaten the NHL All Stars 6-0 in the Challenge Cup one year earlier and had demolished Team USA 10-3 in an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Chris Busch
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Some time back I watched a TED video by Brene Brown. She was talking about raising children and how most parents are obsessed with trying to make their child’s life as easy and free from difficulty as possible. It’s almost like we think a life that goes smoothly is the optimal life. Yet, Dr. Brown points out, children are born into this world “wired for struggle.” And while being alive and staying alive may not be the same struggle it was thousands of years ago, every human is faced with almost continuous struggles throughout life. And this is normal. So... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Chris Busch
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Extinction - We’ve studied about it from our early years in elementary school and we’ve observed it almost continuously throughout our lives. Growing up in the shadows of the smokestacks of the mammoth Pittsburgh steel industry, it seemed like there could be no end to the dominance of Jones & Laughlin, US Steel, Babcock and Wilcox, and their ilk. But they, and their stacks, and their smoke are seen no more along the rivers of Western Pennsylvania. 78 rpm vinyl records gave way to 45’s. Then LP’s. Then 8-tracks. Then cassettes. Then CD’s. Then mp3’s and other digital downloads. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Chris Busch
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According to Nielsen’s global survey of multi-screen media usage, watching video content on computers has become just as common as watching video content on television among online consumers. "While the in-home TV and computer are still the most popular devices to watch video content, usage and growth in online and mobile technologies is making a sustained impact. Three-quarters (74%) of global respondents report watching video via the Internet (on any device), up four points since 2010, and over half of global online consumers (56%) say they watch video on a mobile phone at least once a month and 28 percent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Chris Busch
This TED talk by Brene Brown is profound, enlightening, and encouraging. Enjoy and share. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Chris Busch
I was about 8 years old. Had a rubber baseball, a glove, and a brick wall. Pitched an entire World Series game. 9 innings. 27 outs. Just the ball, the glove, the wall, and me.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2012 on I used to be creative at Michael Staires
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Nielsen recently released their latest report on the state of social media. Here are a few of the highlights: • Social networks and blogs continue to dominate Americans’ time online, now accounting for nearly a quarter of total time spent on the Internet • At over 53 billion total minutes during May 2011, Americans spend more time on Facebook than they do on any other website • Tumblr is an emerging player in social media, nearly tripling its audience from a year ago • Nearly 40 percent of social media users access social media content from their mobile phone •... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Chris Busch
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The failure rate on new infomercials is estimated at 90%. Ergo, only one in ten infomercials are commercial successes. Is this low success rate because of bad media? Poor time slots, overpriced airtime, and the like? Rarely. Almost always it’s the show. The content. And that can be anything from a product nobody wants, to a value proposition that fails to motivate, to poor scripting, lousy demonstrations, non-genuine testimonials… Somebody has a new mindle. They love it. They buy the company that makes the mindle. Every home in America, no… in the world needs this fantastic product. The marketing commences.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Chris Busch
TED talks are some of the most thought provoking videos on the net. This talk by Brene' Brown is one of my recent favorites. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Chris Busch
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These were the words I heard from my first boss about two months west of graduation. "That is, if you want to be taken seriously," he added. I felt my ears turning red as sweat began to literally drip inside my shirt. I was a bit embarrassed, but I also knew what he was saying was true and that he cared enough about my career to say what he did. After nervously clearing my throat, I told him I thought he was right, and that he would quickly see a change. He knew his remark had cut me a bit,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Chris Busch
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Last weekend I attended my grandsons' first T-ball game. Pure fun. About the only rule any kid remembered was to hit the ball and run (sometimes had to be reminded to run). Mass confusion on defense every time the ball was hit into play. Coaches and parents all trying to give helpful direction. It's a wonderful thing to watch children simply enjoy the fun of the moment. Didn't matter who won. Nobody even keeping score. Swing. Run to first. Scamper to second. Plant a totally unnecessary slide at home, just to get dirty. As adults we remembered. And yearned. Beware... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Chris Busch
Trusty iPad in hand, I decided to try out the on board wifi. As we pass over Arkansas, I'm also looking for aliens or whatever killed all those birds. So far, I give the wifi two thumbs. However, I hope they never allow cell phone use on board (unless they replace oxygen masks with mini cones of silence). These people who talk on their cell phones at the urinals and in the stalls at airports also get to me. Honestly, is anything really THAT important? Gotta go. Need to focus on surveillance for alien craft. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Chris Busch
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Have you noticed the increased drag coefficient on getting things done that hits every holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day? There’s a similar slo-mo period from June through August. Today is exciting, because it launches the longest annual time frame of productive potential, the January-May window. If you are hoping to increase sales, grow attendance, expand your markets, initiate an innovative idea or two, effect some change… this is your time. The race starts today. A lot of what you accomplish this year will depend on how well you sprint these first few furlongs out of the gate.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Chris Busch
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In many ways, each year is different. But what we imply when we ask this question is - Will my circumstances be different (better) at the end of 2011 than at the end of 2010? Several factors weigh on the answer to that question. Some out of our control. Some not. Most people will wind up in pretty much the same circumstances at the end of this year. The main reason? Changing circumstances usually involves changing our behavior and that change has to be preceded by a change in thinking or even a change in believing. But change is not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Chris Busch
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A few weeks ago, I spent a couple of days in Haiti with our LightQuest Media clients, Bobby and Sherry Burnette, founders and executive directors of Love A Child. Walter Warren, our EVP at LQMI was with me. It was my first time in Haiti, not just since the earthquake, but ever. I still remember our relief on January 12 a few hours after the quake when we reached Bobby via Skype and were able to confirm that Bobby and Sherry were alive and their orphanage, medical clinic, and ministry center were all intact. In the days and weeks that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Chris Busch
Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age in a recent Ted Talk. Link to video for RSS readers. On this blog I've often discussed generational cycles starting back in 2004 with this post. If you've read other posts sprinkled through the years, you know that as a culture and society we swing between two major perspectives which influence thought and behavior at an individual and societal level. These two cycles, often illustrated by a pendulum, are the idealistic generation and the civic generation. The last idealistic cycle ran from 1963 to 2003 at which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at Chris Busch
David Rehr, former President of the National Association of Broadcasters with some perspective for entrepreneurs on their involvement in government. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Chris Busch
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Nielsen Research recently released their Three Screen (TV, PC, Mobile) Media Research Report for 1Q2010. Some surprises and some yawners. "In the past year, Americans have significantly increased the amount of timeshifted TV they watch and decreased their PC-based internet usage, according to Nielsen’s Q1 2010 Three Screens Report." You can read a summary and download the full report here. Some additional highlights - —292 million people in the US own at least one TV. —More than half of US TV households now have HDTV, up 189% from Q1 2008. —High-speed broadband internet access is in 63.5% of homes. —Nearly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Chris Busch
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This week past for me was one of losing one hero and quite unexpectedly finding a new one. Coach John Wooden’s feat of ten national championships stretched from my seventh grade efforts to walk and chew gum at the same time well into graduate school. Many of those years through high school I played ball under a streetlight at the south dead end of Fifth Avenue in New Brighton, PA. In the winter we’d bring our snow shovels to clear the street, though the slick spots made a jump stop an amusing spectacle. I grew to love and admire the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at Chris Busch
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May 31, 2010
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The average American home now has 2.93 TV sets per household, up from 2.86 sets per home in 2009, the largest year-over-year increase since 2006 according to Nielsen’s latest Television Audience Report. This year the number of US homes with three or more TV sets increased to 55%, 28% have two sets and 17% have one set. Nielsen Wire article here. TVA Report (pdf) here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Chris Busch