Mike’s Musings

Intent vs. Outcome 

At the moment, I am sitting alone in one of Charleston South Carolina's nicer hotels. As a guy who travels around the country uncorking stories, this in an of itself is not odd - I'm often alone in hotels. The weird thing is that this week my family is with me and...

Modem Strong

Twenty years ago I joined a company that was at the epicenter of interactive marketing. It was called Modem Media and I started just before its tenth birthday (I even got a snazzy blue laptop bag for being there when it turned double digits). I was hired as a research...

A Lever to Pull

“You are just a lever I had to pull.” This was the rationale given to me by my former CEO when my position was terminated this past January. You know who pulls levers? Executioners, and when these words were spoken, images of Old Sparky came to mind. I suppose this...

How do I get to Heaven?

Today was a day filled with some high highs and low lows. I was asked to at my high school as part of an enrichment program for the schools' scholars program; it was an honor that I will not soon forget and I have the picture to prove it. This evening I was asked to...

I’m turned off about always being turned on

Last Thursday, we had a speaker come into the office to present some statistics on digital marketing. His leadoff statistic was one published by Microsoft that suggests humans only have an eight second attention span when looking up information online; you have eight...

Uncorking a Birthday

Fourteen years ago today I found myself waking up in my own bed for the first time in six weeks, "Why don't you go home and get some sleep?" The Labor and Delivery nurse said to me. "Your kids have a long night ahead of them and your wife will be out of it for a...

When Did I Get Old?

I have a question that has been bothering since I woke up this morning. It’s not a question that is easy to answer nor is it a question that has been posed to be by others.  It’s a difficult question nonetheless – when did I get old? I don’t feel old mind you; in my...