Nick Kemper’s Blog

Humor: the Best Possible Form of Intelligence

Apr 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

Comedy is something I value highly — probably higher than almost anything else. Oh, I get in a bad mood sometimesand I don’t always agree with others about the nature or quality of comedy, but I love to make people laugh. I spend a lot […]

The Secret of Success in Business

Mar 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

There are about 70,000 bestselling books out there that will help you in your business or in your career. Maybe more. I’ve read about 70 of them. So there is a whole industry out there that produces self-help books for your business or your career. […]

Olympic Memories and Technology

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

Until last year, we did not have a DVR in our house. Until two years ago, we did not have satellite TV or cable. We had one of those digital converter boxes for our analog TV, and we had a rabbit-ear antenna. Yes, it was […]

Job Offer — Opening Pandora’s Box

Mar 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

When I first started at TPN, I was supposed to work alongside the person originally hired to do what I do now but he decided that there were other opportunities out there for him, so we only worked together for less than a month. Phones […]

On Salary

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

One of my favorite co-workers announced today that he is leaving us. I don’t think his future is set — it sounded like he wasn’t sure what he was going to do next. He wasn’t insulted (I don’t think) when I asked if he is […]

“Sales” is a Bad Word

Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

“Sales” is a bad word. The thing is, we’re all in sales — a great deal of the time, whether or not we like to admit it. And most of the time we’re not getting paid for it. A lot of people think that sales […]

What Are They Talking About?

Feb 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

On my way home from work last week I dropped off some items at our corporate office in lower SE Portland, and then took the old 99E through town to get onto I-84. I passed some kind of soup kitchen/homeless shelter and there was a […]

Watching the Winter Olympics

Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

The Winter Olympics are here. I don’t know why I love the Olympics so much. I don’t know why I’m compelled to watch Women’s Curling DVR’d at 2 a.m. (is this the beginning of the End, or the end of the End?). This is the […]

Dealing with Sickness

Feb 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

My two older children are battling a bad cold this week. My son, who is 16, rarely gets sick, which is ironic because we almost lost him to autoimmune hemolytic anemia when he was four months old. I don’t remember ever seeing him as sick […]

Employee Theft

Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

Employee theft is one of the most disturbing challenges business owners face. Usually, what bothers company owners most is the betrayal and disloyalty, rather than the actual monetary loss. You might get stolen money paid back, but getting back trust is a much tougher process. […]