Tips to Transition into a Management Role

February 14, 2012

Promote Yourself to Manager When you are promoted into a management position there are some important considerations to set yourself up for success. The first is to promote yourself to manager. It may seem simple but it’s important to figure out what you were good at before and let that go. The winning strategies that had you succeed before are…

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Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life- Part II

February 10, 2010

This past weekend Tanya and I created what I’ve dubbed our Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life Challenge in which we gave ourselves $50 each to buy food in secret which we would then combine to cook up a menu and meal together. Tanya bought: I bought: Morbier cheese Chocolate with pink peppercorns Mussels Oatmeal crisps Red chilli peppers French country farm sausage…

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"Ship, then test!" says Guy Kawasaki

November 20, 2009

Last night I was invited to Challenge Your World as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (thank you, Martin Lessard!). Guy Kawasaki was spectacular as the keynote speaker. For the most part, Guy’s top 10 tips for entrepreneurs make a ton of sense. There are only a couple I dispute. My comments are in italics. Build what YOU want to use– in other…

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Seth Godin's Lessons From Very Tiny Businesses

August 23, 2009

Thank you to my friend and strategic communications expert Deborah Hinton of Hinton : for sending me the following tips from Seth Godin: 1. Go where your customers are. Jacquelyne runs a tiny juice company called Chakwave. I met her in Los Angeles, standing next to an organic lunch truck. Like the little birds that clean the teeth of the hippo,…

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Seth Godin’s Lessons From Very Tiny Businesses

August 23, 2009

Thank you to my friend and strategic communications expert Deborah Hinton of Hinton : for sending me the following tips from Seth Godin: 1. Go where your customers are. Jacquelyne runs a tiny juice company called Chakwave. I met her in Los Angeles, standing next to an organic lunch truck. Like the little birds that clean the teeth of the hippo,…

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The key question to determine customer loyalty

June 11, 2009

About five years ago, George Thompson, President of Headcan Health Education Media, gave me a reprint of a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that he was exuberant about. We were focussing on client satisfaction and the article—The One Number You Need to Grow— cut right to the chase (you will have to pay Harvard Business Review if you want to…

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From Red Velvet Cake to Red Velvet Ropes

May 8, 2009

Yesterday’s topic was company values (see The Value of Red Velvet Cake). Today I am on to the value of having a red velvet rope to keep non-ideal clients out!  Yes. You heard right. The idea belongs to Michael Port, business coach, and author of the widely read Book Yourself Solid. Port conjures up the velvet rope you may encounter when…

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A Procrastination Buster for Entrepreneurs- Part 2

April 20, 2009

What would you give  to stroke a few of your hardest tasks off your “to do” list without having to do them yourself (and without paying a dime)?  How about giving your time in kind?!   The principle is simple. We call it a work swap and before I go any further, let me give credit to my friend Tanya, owner of Board of Your Life  and my…

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A Procrastination Buster for Entrepreneurs- Part 1

April 19, 2009

So you have a long “to do” list and a few of the same pesky items keep showing up week after week. You just can’t seem to knock them off your list.  Maybe your reoccurring list looks a bit like this: ·         Update contact management software (but you hate IT stuff!) ·         Call people you met at recent Board of Trade…

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An Entrepreneur is Like a Great Tanguero (a.k.a. tango dancer)

April 8, 2009

So you might readily agree that one could draw parallels between tango and sex. I go so far as to say there are parallels between tango and business and specifically that there are common characteristics between tango dancers and entrepreneurs. And it has nothing to do with sex. Hear me out. For starters, is there any dance more complicated to…

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