Are you concerned about revitalizing your local economy? Are you part of an initiative to get more people to “buy local?” Why do these initiatives have to be so complex? [Read more...]
I have met some amazing people in small towns across Minnesota. Recently I had the opportunity to give two presentation on social media in Arlington and Redwood Falls, MN.
At the end of the presentation, we do a group exercise and ask the participants to gather in groups of 5 to answer the question, “How could you use Twitter in your business?“ Below are some of the responses to the question. [Read more...]
If you were to stop every marketing initiative you have going on right now – would it make a difference in your business? If you canceled your newspaper ads, radio ads, brochures, website, social media sites, etc. – would your sales suffer? For most businesses, the answer is yes. We spend a lot of money to market and advertise our businesses. Many of us have had the same marketing plan for years. We do what we are comfortable doing. Sadly, what we are comfortable with is spending money in the same places our competitors spend their money. [Read more...]
Traits for Today’s Leaders
I was inspired to write this post after I watched the video below. I must have watched this video about 5 times before it sank in. To lead an organization, committee, non-profit or even a country, it takes a VERY special person. For too long, it has been easy to lead. I could write a book on that statement based on personal experience. Today, if you want to survive and thrive, leaders need to have strong skills to create a vision, generate passion, and flawlessly execute that vision. Below are just a few of the traits that we need in our leaders: [Read more...]
On February 27, 2009, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop presented Microsoft’s vision for the future of business technology. Looking at long term trends and emerging technologies, Microsoft says this vision is “grounded in research and will provide customers with the technology they need and want to address tomorrow’s changing world.”
They paint broad brush strokes that cover topic from schools, business, and our personal lives. As you watch the video, can you identify some current technologies that are taken to the next level – or new trends in communication that can bring the world closer together? [Read more...]
Chris Brogan wrote a post today entitled: “10 Things You Could Do Better Today.” It seems appropriate to re-post it here for you. I know I strive to improve on these areas each day:
10 Things You Could Do Better Today
- Improve your response time to requests.
- Improve the brevity and simplicity of your email correspondence.
- Connect with five new people and seven existing colleagues or friends each day.
- Inspect your business process cycle from start to finish for improvements.
- Rethink your approach to helping others succeed.
- Increase the amount of times you connect others together to build new relationships.
- Resolve three pieces of unfinished business, no matter how painful.
- Live closer to your goals and your main points of focus, and less by reaction.
- Take time to thank the people who make your life possible.
- Rest and unplug.
Do you have ideas on what you could do better today? If so, leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!