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Being a forty something….I get this question a lot from my peers. This is a behavioural question that business and organisations all over the world are trying to understand. In my Social Business formula I mention intrinsic motivation or internal motivation. In this post I will explore the behaviour and what drives people to take action. What makes one community perform better than the next? Why does one business or organisation get lots of shares on Facebook and RT’s on Twitter…

A few days ago, NASA launched a rocket to Mars. In that rocket was an SUV sized rover whose job it is to see if there is or ever was the possibility of life on Mars. I know. It’s quite freaky, isn’t it? While I do have a handful of close friends who work at NASA, I must admit that I don’t know the specific reason NASA sent the rover to Mars, unless it’s to find out if maybe, we can live up there on The Red Planet one day. In the meantime, we have a pretty good hunk of rock right now,…

Whether we’re buying or selling, we have a choice as to how we do business. But, all too often, we attempt to manipulate our transactions through fear or we feel seduced and trapped into decisions that we may not otherwise make. We are so used to these methods that we become inured to them. How can we turn things around so we are in command of our choices, respectful of others and actually feel inspired to do business?   At a recent networking event, a financial advisor invited me…

As Oscar Wilde once said, “Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music – his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting – that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal.” Wilde wasn’t referring to companies…

I realize it may sound a little ‘fluffy’, but vision really is key to the success of any business.  Most of you following my tweets and posts will know that I focus entirely on two main qualities in business projects – strategy and message.  Both of these key areas are defined by vision. What am I on about? When we, as entrepreneurs, set about researching, starting up, or developing a business, it is defined by a vision. It may not be articulated, clearly identified or…

Let’s face it: we all go through dry patches. Despite the assurances we may proffer at networking events, and the knowledge that our work cycle may be wavy, not straight, it can get stressful if the gap between jobs stretches beyond our comfort zone. And I’m talking about real, paid jobs—not the talking, meetings, researching, browsing and other ‘legitimate’ distractions we employ in the fallow times.  Conditioned responses, automatic reactions The learned response to such times…

I have some unfortunate news for you small business owners out there. Actually, it’s less bad news than a reality check. There’s no getting around the fact that there are a lot of consumers out there who feel more comfortable giving their business to a larger, more established company as opposed to a smaller mom and pop store. What these consumers don’t understand is that by going with large chain stores, they are missing out on the attention to detail and customer service. So how do…

In Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Alice asks the Cheshire Cat about where to go. When the Cat hears that Alice isn’t particular where she goes as long as she arrives somewhere, he replies, “then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” Could your business wander if you don’t create a strategic plan? Where do you want to take your business? Alice intended to get back to her sister but she didn’t go about her search in an organised way. There comes a…

The group of hacktivist simply known as “Anonymous” has been wreaking havoc on the internet over the last couple of years. How so, you ask? Oh, by doing nothing but exposing sensitive financial documents, erasing mission-critical data, and taking down the websites of its targets. Believe it or not, but there are business lessons to be learned from all the chaos Anonymous is responsible for. Really. This article will explain. # 1. No System is Infallible The hacker community is huge. But…

Following my last article, I promised I’d talk ‘nitty gritty’ and the fun and games of implementation.  It can be the one thing we gloss over or simply avoid but, make no mistake, having a clear implementation plan is an absolute must in delivering strategic objectives. So, what am I on about? Why is it important to look at implementation as a separate topic to strategy in and of itself? Because it’s often the one thing we tend to steer away from [it's true!] and can…