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

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....

How to Keep The Entrepreneurial Spirit as Your Business Grows

How to Keep The Entrepreneurial Spirit as Your Business Grows

The entrepreneurial spirit is the spirit of the entire team, and is represented by their commitment to customer service, resourcefulness, and going the extra mile to make sales happen. There is no question in the minds of start-up entrepreneurs, in a garage,...

Is High MPG a Selling Point Any More?

Is High MPG a Selling Point Any More?

When we heard the auto industry’s recent request for lower federal miles per gallon standards, we were stunned! They argue that since gas is so cheap, and there is such a demand for low MPG trucks that the 2025 Standards are too costly to achieve. There was no mention...

Can the Kids Save the Environment?

Can the Kids Save the Environment?

Do children and young people have a constitutional right to a healthy environment? Is the government liable for promoting fossil fuel production and greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change? According to the Washington Post, a pioneering lawsuit being...