Focus Your Marketing (and Strategy) More on New Than on Better

Posted on by in Business, Change, Communication, Creativity/Innovation, Design, Entreprenuership, Goals, Leadership, Marketing, Planning, Pricing, Remarkability, Strategy

When you go to buy something yourself, are you more interested in getting the “New” thing or the “Better” thing? Which one gets you more excited? Note: this even applies to Apple. When they introduce something that’s improved (for ex. speed) it gets a yawn. But when they introduce something new (for ex. Face Time or […]

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Are Your Systems Stupid?

Posted on by in Business, Change, Customer Service, Design, Growth, Leadership, Operations, Personal Development, Remarkability, Strategy

Every company has them–they’re the reason why we love Dilbert, laugh at The Office, yell at the auto attendant in “customer service,” who “can’t understand our response,”  and can’t wait to tell our friends and co-workers, “You won’t believe what happened to me today.” Or, in the case of people like me, blog about them. […]

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If You Want to Lead Well, Be Among Your People

Posted on by in Business, Change, Character, Communication, Goals, Leadership, Managing Talent, Personal Development, Relationships

A recent conversation highlighted one of the more common mistakes leaders make, especially once they get past 15 or more employees–they stop hanging out with their people–which is both understandable … and disastrous. It’s understandable because leaders lead through their leaders/direct reports. Between meetings and working with and through their direct reports, there’s often very […]

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Need Some Inspiration?

Posted on by in Attitude, Branding/Differentiation, Business, Change, Character, Communication, Creativity/Innovation, Customer Service, Design, Finances/Money Management, Goals, Growth, Leadership, Learning, Managing Talent, Marketing, Personal Development, Planning, Remarkability, Strategy, Time Management, Writing

If you’re at all like me, chances are you have some favorite quotes that you return to over an over again to  pick you up and get your headed in the right direction. I remember, shortly after my board coup several years ago, the movie “Rocky Balboa” came out and in the middle of the […]

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Key Lessons from Steve Jobs at All Things Digital (D8)

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Whenever Steve Jobs speaks, it’s usually worth listening. Love him or hate him, he’s always worth listening to–especially because he masterminded one of the most amazing comebacks of all time. Thirteen years ago when he returned to Apple they were just 90 days away from going bankrupt. And then, just last week, they surpassed Microsoft […]

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Alex Bogusky Is Wrong! Leaders Should Learn More From Failure

Posted on by in Change, Communication, Leadership, Learning, Managing Talent, Marketing, Personal Development, Planning, Remarkability, Small Business, Strategy

In a video post on the Fast Company site, Alex Bogusky, co-chair of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, argues that the classic business mantra of learning from failure is just plain wrong. In his world (and at his company), he doesn’t debrief failure or lost accounts or why a campaign isn’t working (which I find hard […]

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Is It Time for a Makeover for Your Business (A Lesson from BusinessWeek)

Posted on by in Branding/Differentiation, Business, Change, Communication, Design, Entreprenuership, Growth, Leadership, Marketing, Remarkability, Strategy

When was the last time you did a website makeover? Or changed the interior design of your workspace/office/store? Or more importantly, changed the way you do business? Or changed the way you market what you offer? Or even changed what you offer? Most leaders underestimate the power of a makeover–and the speed at which they […]

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What’s Holding You Back, Part II

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If you didn’t read part one, scroll below (if you’re on the blog right now) or click on the following link>> (if you’re reading this by RSS). Note: If you didn’t answer the question from the last post, “What are the major constraints that are hindering me (and my business/organization) from achieving my (our) potential?”, […]

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What’s Holding You and Your Company Back?

Posted on by in Books, Business, Change, Goals, Growth, Operations, Planning, Strategy

Are you familiar with the Theory of Constraints (TOC)? If you’re not, the theory (an overall management philosophy) came into vogue post the publication of a book entitled, “The Goal,” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. In its most basic form the theory contends that any manageable system (like your business) is hindered from achieving its potential […]

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New Free Report on Fast Growth Released Today!

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Want to Know How You Can Immediately Begin to Grow Your Business Faster Than You Ever Have Before—While Increasing Your Ability to Lead It More Effectively? If so, you’ll want to immediately get your hands on the new free report I just released today entitled, “The Seven Secrets of Fast Growth Companies.” Inside it you’ll discover, […]

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