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Centenary

How to Boldly Overhaul Your Brand And Save Your Business From Disaster

Here is another great blog from Andrea Simon. It’s a great example of how a brave leader used a crisis to spur dramatic change. Ever been on a sinking ship? That was the state of Centenary College when Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt took over as president in 2001. To say…
replaced

Your Business Is Doing Great! But Are You on The Brink?

Here is a guest blog from Andrea Simon. It’s a great follow-up to my blog on learning from Chipotle’s Crisis. How could something called corporate anthology, help Chipotle and other businesses change proactively? Read on, and Andrea explains.  I always enjoy my workshops with CEOs. They teach me a lot…
Seven

An App to Get You Active

We all know that sleep and exercise are good for us. Now, brain science shows that good sleep and aerobic exercise make us not just healthier but literally smarter.  So, we know more than ever what we should do and why we should do it, and yet often we don’t.…
customer

Customer Experience and Process Management: A Dichotomy?

We find ourselves at Customer Manufacturing Group at the intersection of two trends that are finally becoming mainstream conversations: customer experience and process management. As we discuss these topics with people, we notice their concern that the two may be mutually exclusive. That is, a belief that efficient process implementation…
snapchat

Fleeting Thoughts on Snapchat

Snapchat recently went public and had one of the biggest IPOs in years. Assuming that you’re not very familiar with Snapchat, there are a few things to know. People (especially teenagers) like Snapchat because, if photos are going to exist only briefly, they need not be as carefully composed (AKA…
ryan avery

Ryan Avery’s Words to Delete

Recently, Ryan Avery spoke to my Vistage groups where he shared valuable communication skills, strategies, and insights that the world’s best leaders use to influence others to take action. Ryan's infographic shown here lists some words that he recommends removing from your vocabulary to increase the effectiveness of your own communication.…
business

5 Attributes of the Successful Business Executive

The human brain resists change, which in evolutionary terms, is a good thing. Resisting change is a reasonable survival tactic for individuals: repeating tasks we’re familiar with takes less brain energy and has known outcomes, while making changes to one's routine creates a higher short-term risk of mistakes. But for a business, resistance to change…
text

The Next BIG Thing: Text Groups

The Next BIG Thing: Text Groups It’s the next big thing in “social” media … and I bet you’re already doing it. You are so hip (not that that expression is so hip) and you probably didn’t even know it. SnapChat … WeChat … What’sApp … and iMessage! Yes, they’re all…
sardine

Do You Feel Like a Sardine?

On Saturday morning I spoke before a great audience on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. Ocean View Avenue was renamed "Cannery Row" in honor of John Steinbeck's novel, published in 1945. A film was released in 1982 and a stage production in 1995. The picture below is from 160knots.com. According…
leading

Leading by Example

Leading by Example Have you ever read those surveys that examine the primary reasons why employees choose to either stay with an employer or leave?  In most of those studies, at the top of the list is an employee's relationship with their direct manager or supervisor.  Why is this?  Because…
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