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How To Find Your Blue Ocean Strategy®: Step 1

  The phenomenally successful book, "Blue Ocean Strategy" by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, powerfully teaches business leaders of all stripes how to "go where the profits and growth are and the competition isn’t." As a trained practitioner in Blue Ocean Strategy® who has been working with clients for years on how…
levels

The 5 Levels of Leadership: Where Are You?

Last week, I interviewed a job candidate and asked about her "Master Plan" - in other words, where she intended her career to go. Without a pause - she said: "I want to get into leadership." Doing my best Columbo act, I asked: "What does that mean? While she looked at me…
LastPass

Forget Your Passwords Because LastPass Remembers Them.

Forget Your Passwords Because LastPass Remembers Them. Here’s what you need to know about passwords- 80% of the world’s so called hacking is due to bad ones! You should use long, complicated passwords and you should never use the same password twice. The most common password is ‘123456’. If your…
election

CEO’s More Optimist: November, 2016 Confidence Index Results

CEOs Gain Confidence as a Result of the Presidential Election Results The post-election November survey of small business CEOs recorded a 5.9% gain in economic confidence from October, and the first year-to-year gain in the Confidence Index since July of 2015. CEOs provided more favorable assessments on all Index components, with the…
after election

After the Election Economic: Analysis and Advice for CEOs and Business Owners

Economic analysis and advice for CEOs and Business owners Wondering what actions to take, given the elections results? Check out the results in the report, After the Election: Economic Analysis and Advice for CEOs and Business Owners, featuring analysis from Dr. Richard Curtin, Research Professor at University of Michigan, Ami Kassar, Vistage member…
management

A Brief Review of Deming’s 14 Points of Management

A Brief Review of Deming’s 14 Points of Management These 14 points are from Deming’s 1982 book, Out of Crisis. Almost 25 years later, these ideas still resonate. Some are even “new” management fads today. And others have only gained lip service. Origin of the 14 points. The 14 points…
president

Hanson for President this Tuesday?

Hanson for President this Tuesday? Tuesday, in the U.S., will be a big day as we elect a new President. It's been a very contentious campaign and a lot of people will be glad to see the day come. I'd like to introduce a President from the past. This, in…
culture

Your Culture:  A Path for Great Leadership

Your Culture:  A Path for Great Leadership As leaders, you are well aware that the spotlight never shines too far away from you. Your role as a source of inspiration, teacher, coach, counselor and visionary is a 24/7 commitment. It's not easy always being "on" and having your leadership plan…
customer

Who Are You, Really?

The Dangers of Outsourcing Customer Ordering We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better. Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.com In order to be compatible with Apple's…
content

EC=MC The new law of marketing

Northeast Ohio has a plethora of great companies. Smart Business Network is one of those. They have a newer division, Convero, a research, strategy and content marketing firm focused on audience engagement and building stronger relationships one conversation at a time. Lee Koury, Managing Director, has written this post about…
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