New York Times Best Selling Authors & America’s #1 Wine Brand Founders

MICHAEL HOULIHAN
AND BONNIE HARVEY

Authors of The Barefoot Spirit
and Creators of Barefoot Wine

“OUTSTANDING speech! Better yet, PERFECT. What an incredible way to end this conference.”

Robert Reiss

Host & CEO Presented By the Conference Board, The CEO Show

“Michael and Bonnie’s speech gives a whole new meaning to going Barefoot!!— it now means Entrepreneurial Success at its finest! They rock!”

Jeffrey Hayzlett

Chairman, C-Suite Network

​The 3 Core Competencies Entrepreneurs Must Master to Succeed

​The 3 Core Competencies Entrepreneurs Must Master to Succeed

"My idea is so great, I'm guaranteed success!" We see too many entrepreneurs falling in love with their products and kidding themselves into believing that their idea itself is all they need to make them a screaming success. Warehouses are filled with great commercial...

We Can’t Afford to Take a Break from Climate Change Mitigation

We Can’t Afford to Take a Break from Climate Change Mitigation

Why is it suddenly necessary for tens of thousands of scientists to march on Earth Day and implore us to take climate change seriously? Why do they have to insist that there is no debate and that the signs are already here? They obviously think we need a strong...

Government Set to Terminate the Blue Energy Star Program

Government Set to Terminate the Blue Energy Star Program

While we can understand the frustration many may have with our over blown bureaucracies and endless miles of red tape, we can’t understand the current administration’s budget blueprint to ax the immensely popular Energy Star Rating program. Ouch! The program, now in...

Give Your People Permission to be Brilliant

Give Your People Permission to be Brilliant

These days there are tons of companies that say they want their people to be more engaged, but are they giving them permission to do so? Yes: permission! It’s subtle, but powerful. Permission is a powerful idea in determining company culture. Are you giving your...

The Process Without the Philosophy Behind It is a Recipe for Trouble

The Process Without the Philosophy Behind It is a Recipe for Trouble

We often hear, “Just tell me the one thing!” Or, “I just want the step-by-step process!” But when you don’t know why and just “cut and paste” you’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’. Sooner or later you will make a bad decision unless you grasp the overriding reason for the...

Forum to Feature Founders of Barefoot Wine

Forum to Feature Founders of Barefoot Wine

Best-Selling Authors Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey Will Recount Lessons Learned Building Top Wine Brand at April Cal Poly Pomona Leadership Forum Their book on transforming Barefoot Wine from the verge of bankruptcy to a leading brand became a New York Times...

Your Own People May Have Hidden Skills You Need

Your Own People May Have Hidden Skills You Need

The South Africans have a popular tale. It is about a man who had a beautiful piece of land, who, when he heard that diamonds had been discovered in Africa, immediately sold. He used the money to explore the continent for the rest of his life, searching in vain for...

The 3 Core Competencies Entrepreneurs Must Master to Succeed

The 3 Core Competencies Entrepreneurs Must Master to Succeed

We see too many entrepreneurs falling in love with their products and kidding themselves into believing that their idea itself is all they need to make them a screaming success. Warehouses are filled with great commercial products that never got to store shelves....