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Learn Before You Leap

Back when I was at Procter & Gamble, and had made the difficult decision to leave P&G to move to Microsoft, John Smale, the retired CEO of P&G, gave me some good advice.  In discussing my move he said, “You’re going to believe that how we do things here at P&G should be the way they’re done at Microsoft. Hold off those thoughts and instead try to understand why they do what they do. And only start making changes once you’ve thought through both…

“We write our eulogy every day with our small choices, often when no-one is looking”. In this interview, Dr. Mollie Marti illustrates how facing death prompted her to write a book sharing the wisdom of her life’s greatest mentor. Life Vitamins Walking With Justice  is a transformational book about Judge Max Rosenn, a federal judge for whom Mollie clerked upon graduating from law school. When a virus attacked her heart, she returned to her mentor’s wisdom as part of her own healing…

How many articles about social media are there? 1 million? 2? Do you really think we need another one? Well, I think that we do, and this here’s the reason why. The invention of social media sites gave us, the small business owners, near infinite possibilities for marketing ourselves and our companies. And still, I don’t think we are using these sites to their fullest. LinkedIn Take LinkedIn. Not the most popular or widely used site, that’s true. But it has something that Facebook and…

It might sound like a simple analogy, but keeping your eyes ‘open’ for opportunity, in order to facilitate ongoing business growth is key in strategic development and informing your business’s trajectory in the long and short-term. Is it really THAT simple? One could argue that opportunities are loosely defined as something unseen, unknown or new… something that ‘appears’ out of nowhere.  I’m divided in my view in this sense; it seems to me that…

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…