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Creativity In Business: The Lifeblood of Success

My last post had me thinking a lot about creativity.  I have a some friends that are artists and their ability to create new things continually is really impressive.  The people I look up to most are artists: writers and musicians mostly.  My grandfather was an artist, both commercially and as a way of life.
I [...]

Crazy Busy Work — Best Time of Your Life

It’s launch time.  Often times in business and marketing in particular, you spend a great deal of time preparing materials and executing strategy for a launch. It’s a cyclical thing, every year you have to innovate and bring new life to the market.  It’s as exhilarating as it is exhausting.  You think about work all [...]

Favorite Aspects of Business

There are a lot of negatives to business in general. Many people do not like working in business for a number of reasons. It’s competitive, in larger companies there are politics, people can be disingenuous and only looking out for themselves, etc. There are lots of reasons.
But there are a huge amount [...]

Confidence Indicators At Work

The number one indication I see of confidence in people is the ability to admit to things they don’t know. Or that they were wrong about something.  The people that refuse to admit wrong are similar, but I’ve written about them before so I’ll just leave that alone today.

Both of these qualities are actually rare.  [...]

A Necessary Day Off

Today I’m at home, pretending to take a vacation day.  The dogs are wrestling around or outside chasing after one another.  Good music fills my living room and kitchen and a good cup of coffee sits near at all times.
It’s my first real day of vacation for 2014 and it’s sorely needed.  I say pretending [...]

Annual Reviews: A Flawed Concept

This and last week were those of annual reviews.  Most organizations do these kinds of things in order to review a person’s performance.  It’s one of those things that has been done for a long time and correspondingly will continue to be done for a long time. Large organizations do them for a few reasons, [...]

Astute or Honest? To Be or Be Not.

Politically astute is a common phrase.  You hear it often in business and government.  Essentially it means to be adept at understanding situations and people and turn them to your own advantage. At face value that sounds like something everyone would aspire to.  Why wouldn’t you want to turn a situation to your advantage? Ultimately [...]

How Things Go Wrong

In all my work as a marketing professional, hindsight always shows the errors.  The goofs, blunders and odd thinking that led to a piece of collateral, communication, meeting or pitch gone wrong.  And they will continue to be.What causes all these follies?What causes otherwise rational folks to make what in retrospect seem like such implausible [...]

The Walking Meeting

As of late I’ve been opting to have walking meetings to catch up with folks. I work in St. Paul with quick access to the skyway, walking outside in winter isn’t really that enjoyable, honestly, so doing a loop or two in doors is the norm.
I have to say that the walking meeting seems [...]

Leadership and Fundamentals

The last few days it’s been ever more clear to me how the need for leadership and fundamental execution of projects is so sorely needed in most organizations. When I say leadership, I mean taking charge of organization and meetings and getting everyone on the same page moving in one direction.  Or even getting the [...]

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