Proof We are Not Overly Connected

Do you get a response to all of your emails, Tweets, and Facebook posts? How about 50%.  That is a more accurate estimate, isn't it?  Do I hear 25%?  You know what I'm talking about. As many of us give our perspectives on the high points of 2009, as well as the trends we see […]

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What is Collaboration?

To work together, cooperate, join forces, unite. Yesterday I elaborated on collaboration, the second of three trends for small businesses for 2010 that are being encouraged by a variety of converging influences, with social media being one of them.  I've been wondering if we can harness the power of these converging influences by uniting the […]

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Small Business Trends for 2010 – Part 2 of 3

If you are new here, this is the second post in a series.  Here is the leading post on  Small Business Trends for 2010. Collaborative Markets Markets are no longer about selling to buyers, but collaborating with them to develop better and more sustainable solutions.  Who would have thought that markets would become more about […]

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Why I Blog

Because I can. People often wonder why bloggers continue to ply their craft, regardless of who may be reading.  I've given other excuses, such as the fact that Google is always reading my blogs.  That means that somebody, someday will read them.  But that's not enough to sustain the effort. And when I say effort, […]

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Small Business Trends for 2010

The Trends in a Nutshell No. 1:  Human-Centric Businesses Business used to be about companies.  Now its about people. No. 2:  Collaborative Markets  Markets are no longer about selling to buyers, but collaborating with them to develop better and more sustainable solutions. No. 3:  Sustainable Communities Organizations of people are evolving from exclusivity to inclusiveness.  […]

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Why Tiger Woods Will Save His Marriage

It's a competition. And this is one contest he needs to win.  Tiger knows there is no way to easily regain his confidence on the golf course without rebuilding the foundation that supports it.  The Tiger Woods brand was formed when his primary relationship was with golf and himself.  That has changed.  Clearly, he will […]

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The 100% Solution

When was the last time you considered how you can deliver a perfect solution for your customer? While this is a lofty goal that you may never achieve, it is possible.  And having the intention alone makes it that much more attainable.  Thoughts do have a way of attracting more thoughts that can manifest into […]

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Getting Comfortable with Authenticity

Show me what you can do? These words are typical of what you may hear from a coach, your boss, or a prospect and customer.  These words are intended to reveal what makes you worth being a member of a team, a community, or an organization. This is the  foundation that shapes your personal brand.  […]

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Social Media is the New Street Smart

If you have been in business for a while, you probably have more skills for successfully using social media than the crowd that is gaga over the technology. You have learned through pragmatic business experience how to get results in your business. You know that these are human beings you are communicating with, and it […]

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Do You Trust Advertising or Friends?

What's the first thing you do when you see an interesting ad? You call a friend to see if they will validate the product or service.  We have always looked to our friends to get their opinions because we know their frame of reference and we trust them.  With the advent of social media this […]

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