About FordLogicIn a world that's inundated with clever business angles and catch-phrase filled advice, FordLogic is a forum where entrepreneurs, business owners and media professionals can share and discuss simple, actionable and effective advice that stands the test of time, from boom through bust. Driven by my own life experiences spanning 15 years navigating the ups and downs of building a digital media company in Silicon Valley, it's about getting back to the basics and doing what's right. No shortcuts. No bullshit.
About Alex FordAlex Ford is the founder and longtime CEO of Praetorian Digital, the leading online media company in the public safety and security market with more than 1 million members and more than 3 million unique visits per month. Praetorian was recently named the 2013 Small Business of the Year by the US Chamber of Commerce.
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There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now … Continue reading
Innovation: it’s a necessity for anyone who is looking to grow their business in the rapidly changing world of media today. Judging by the recent ABM and Industry Information Summit I attended, at which innovation was a key theme, I’m … Continue reading
Originally Posted by FOLIO for my column on FolioMag.com. By Alex Ford As digital media has evolved over the past 10 years, one of the themes – particularly for those of us in the B2B space – has been the … Continue reading
As I discussed in the first two parts of this series, it’s critical to set the right context for delivering negative feedback as a manager and leader as well as build a feedback process. But even if you’ve done a … Continue reading
In my 15 years of being a CEO, there is one simple rule I follow: Never send negative feedback via email. That includes chat or text message and essentially anything electronic. Particularly for those of you in the workforce under … Continue reading
There’s a lot of advice out there about how to hire. Clearly you need people who are smart, proactive, self-starters, team players and have the right skills. The list goes on and on. But if you’re running a small, growing company … Continue reading
Where do you fall? This is right on. If you’re in the middle, this clearly depicts both both the excitement and challenge that comes with being a CEO or entrepreneur.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you … Continue reading
Managing people can be one of the most difficult, challenging and frustrating aspects of running a business or advancing in your career. It can also be one of the most rewarding. How do you get more of the latter and … Continue reading
“No one ever got too smart from listening” – Mike Herning
As Mike Herning, Chairman of my company and my mentor often says you can never get too smart by shutting your mouth and listening. It’s something I always have to remind myself. As a case in point, I switched the channel to The Apprentice the other day as I do from time to time. I’m always struck by how the above quote applies. There’s always the same lesson to be learned: If you are called into the boardroom (perhaps any boardroom), it is best to keep quiet and speak when spoken to. No good can come of popping off. Speak when spoken to and learn from listening.