How to Simplify Your 2010 Planning and Collaboration

Make a list.  Simple. Or is it?  In this time of new media augmented reality, it is easy to go gaga over what technology can do for you.  Before you know it, you are so wrapped up in a loop of systems you forget the basics that got you here, namely, the venerable to-do list. […]

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Social Media Ideas for Managing a Snowstorm

Here's how I would use social media if I were a snow plowing contractor. This is a business where safety is paramount.  Phrases like "zero-tolerance" are used to establish the level of service customers expect to keep their facilities safe – and their legal teams idle. I should first note that I owned a snow […]

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Small Business Trends for 2010 – Part 3 of 3

If you are new here, this is the third post in a series.  Here is the leading post on  Small Business Trends for 2010.  And here is the previous, or 2nd post in the series on Collaborative Markets.    Sustainable Communities Organizations of people are evolving from exclusivity to inclusiveness.  This creates more sustainable communities […]

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The Best Community

It's what you share with just one other human being. Today I did some very last minute Christmas shopping with my daughter Ali who is home on her college break.  When our Holiday shopping mission was accomplished, I realized something.  When you can spend a day, one-on-one, with someone you care about, that is a […]

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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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