27 11, 2017

The Best Ways to Utilize Dialogue and Communication

By | 2017-11-23T14:02:44-08:00 November 27th, 2017|Communication, Conversation, Dialogue, Innovation, Listening|

Dialogue and Communication The articles, books and webinars / workshops focusing on communication (a term that is becoming more and more vague, actually…) are multiplying as rapidly as cat videos online, frankly. Who to pay attention to? How many are publishing because it’s a way to get clicks, a way to push a new book [...]

10 04, 2017

Which is Key for Your Customers: Innovation or Influence?

By | 2017-06-12T14:16:12-08:00 April 10th, 2017|Entrepreneur, Influence, Innovation, Marketing, Small Business|

The Influencers’ Universe Any business follows the well-know track of building awareness -> establishing reputation -> making money. Each of these has its own challenges and opportunities for advance and missteps. Ignoring any of them isn’t an option, and you can’t really hop over any of them either, despite the [...]

24 10, 2016

How Do You Get to Valuable Options?

By | 2017-10-20T15:23:17-08:00 October 24th, 2016|Change, Collaboration, Creativity, Decision-making, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Leadership, Problem-solving, Strategy, Uncategorized|

Options not Answers How many squirrels can you follow at once? This is the thought that occurred to me while reading a recent article by Valeria Maltoni entitled Inventing Options for Mutual Gain. While describing an excellent process for arriving at options, and not necessarily “the final solution”, I am reminded [...]

4 04, 2016

FOCUS: Can You Measure the Hard Things?

By | 2018-09-16T13:55:10-08:00 April 4th, 2016|Authenticity, Awareness, Creativity, Decision-making, Focus, Innovation, Leadership, Measurement, People, Problem-solving, Strategy|

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) We all want things to be easy. And it’s not just business, American or Western Society that defaults to easy. While I still worked at Microsoft, one of my managers got our entire team “Easy Buttons.” You pressed the Big Red Button and a voice said, [...]

18 01, 2016

Is there Anything Simple About Simplicity?

By | 2018-09-16T14:47:03-08:00 January 18th, 2016|Authenticity, Creativity, Customer Experience, Decision-making, Goal-setting, H2H, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, People, Problem-solving, Productivity, Social Media, Strategy|

English: Albert Einstein Français : Portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Easy” is a temptation. I work with many clients who take the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach to their digital and social media marketing, because “How hard could it be? It’s just Facebook??!” Besides, they each have a business to [...]

11 01, 2016

Is Your Tribe Remarkable, Unfocused or Mainstream?

By | 2018-01-13T15:13:23-08:00 January 11th, 2016|Authenticity, Awareness, Collaboration, Communication, Conversation, Creativity, Diversity, Goal-setting, Good Business, H2H, Innovation, Leadership, Mission, People, Strategy, The Journey|

Networks and Communities Which Tribe do you belong to? That seems to be an over-riding, occasionally unsaid, concern in our society. Conservative or Liberal? Religious or Agnostic? One percent or ninety-nine percent? Blue collar or white-collar? Introvert or extrovert? College Graduate? Technical? Gender? Race? We have innumerable ways of identifying, classifying and limiting [...]

5 10, 2015

WANTED: Simple, Direct and Terrific Vision, Mission and Goals!

By | 2017-08-03T14:36:25-08:00 October 5th, 2015|Decision-making, Goal-setting, Good Business, Innovation, Leadership, Measurement, Mission, Problem-solving, Small Business, Smart Business, Strategy, Vision|

Vision It’s enough to drive you nuts… I mentioned in an earlier post that I am working through the vision and goals for my business networking chapter. Having arrived at a pretty good idea of how these are different, I run across a number of online discussions about the difference between the vision and the mission. Sigh….so, [...]

28 09, 2015

What is the Remarkable Power of a Daring Vision?

By | 2017-06-12T14:16:37-08:00 September 28th, 2015|Communication, Creativity, Credibility, Decision-making, Good Business, Innovation, Leadership, Measurement, Problem-solving, Small Business, Smart Business, Strategy| I've been thinking a lot about vision and goals lately. As the incoming president of my business networking chapter, I've been meeting with the outgoing leaders, my leadership team, our regional leadership, and other strong leaders and leadership coaches within the organization, as well as talking with other leaders (not to mention the guidance [...]

13 07, 2015

Do Your Passions Make You More Human?

By | 2018-09-16T14:53:02-08:00 July 13th, 2015|Awareness, Creativity, Good Business, Innovation, Interesting things, Leadership, Meaning, Reflection|

Signature of Richard P. Feynman (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It is much too easy to burrow into your business and go deeper into the knowledge, building more depth and expertise in that area so you can be an even better resource for your customers. But doesn’t this turn you into [...]

13 04, 2015

Content Shock and Cutting Through The Noise

By | 2017-09-15T14:45:39-08:00 April 13th, 2015|Blogging, Content, Content Shock, Customer Experience, Good Business, H2H, Innovation, Marketing, Small Business, Smart Business, Social Media, Strategy|

NOISE! As if things aren’t hard enough for entrepreneurs and small business folks, the challenges of digital presence and discoverability just keep mutating. I just started reading Mark Schaefer’s new book, “The Content Code” in which he describes this evolution of digital marketing so far. He outlines three phases that, to date, bring [...]

30 03, 2015

Laser-focused Business Goals!

By | 2017-06-12T14:16:42-08:00 March 30th, 2015|Decision-making, Good Business, Innovation, Leadership, Meaning, Problem-solving, Small Business, Smart Business, Strategy| There are a lot of ways for business owners to formulate, define and drive to their business goals. A mentor I had while I worked at Microsoft had three goals he printed on a 3 x 5 note card and taped that to his monitor. He told me that if what he was doing [...]

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