In the last two weeks, we’ve seen mask mandates lifted, people getting out more, and businesses attempting to “get back to normal.” And, more people are getting vaccinated every day. Considering where we’ve been, these are better times indeed. But as entrepreneurs, we need to be cautious of our approach and considerate of those around us - including our clients and other business associates.Continue reading "The Re-assimilation Transition"
Remaining in one place somehow feels anti-progress. As business people, we have the need to keep going. Remaining static is too close to stagnant, right? But what drives that motion? Once we get going, how do we keep going? And is that always the right direction? Are we being driven by an intellectual trajectory or simply by momentum?Continue reading "Intellectual Trajectory or Just Momentum?"
So, it’s 2021 . . . why am I about to talk about podcasts? Even though podcasts have been around for a while, they are more relevant than ever. Why?Continue reading "Are Podcasts Retro?"
Hindsight may be 20/20, but 2021 will be all about forward thinking. How many times will you hear a slogan similar to that over the next year! LOL! Headline philosophies aside, let’s take a closer look at what the new year can represent for business, and all of us.Continue reading "The End of An Era – Good Riddance 2020, Hello 2021!"
With the election behind us, we can all take a deep breath and expect stability now, right? Well, it would be an understatement at the very least to say “maybe not.” As expected, the Corona virus is surging again, we’re still arguing about whether people should be wearing masks during a global pandemic, the economy is preparing for more lockdowns, and the current president has not conceded to the president elect. It’s going to be a long couple of months, for sure.Continue reading "What Now?"
We have entered the age of the short-term business plan. Of course, long-term planning is still an important aspect of your over-all business strategy and trajectory. However, survival reflexes and immediate reactionary responses have moved front-and-center. Before we can worry about the future, we need a way to get past the present. Right now, it’s all about problem solving.Continue reading "The Age of the Short-Term Business Plan"
I have heard many people give this advice to others; “write a blog, get out there, fill it with keywords, and be more visible.” I’m sure that advice was offered with the best of intentions, but that kind of thinking has led to an onslaught of empty business blogs seemingly targeted to search engine bots instead of a human target audience. Let’s kill those old blogs off, starting now.Continue reading "The Death of The Blog"
I run a think-tank for entrepreneurs called Thinking Out Loud. We often discuss pressing topics including business development, marketing, creativity, and current events. Of course, the recent months have kept us busy interpreting a changing world and the resulting challenges for businesses and consumers. We recently discussed the concept of missteps and failures. We’ve all been there. - and more times than not. But have you considered how important these missteps are to our overall trajectory? Is there an art to failing?Continue reading "The Art of Failure"
The language of business is often misunderstood and misused. We can get caught up in our own orbit - and the language of our brands can reflect that. In order to effectively connect with our target audiences, we need to convince them we understand what their focus is and what their challenges are. Only from that standpoint are we able have their ear when it comes to offering solutions. We can get there by speaking their language.
But is the Kingdom Changing?
It’s Spring! The trees have started to bud, flowers are popping up everywhere, and some businesses are starting to re-open after the COVID-19 shutdown. But hold on, people - it’s going to be a long, gradual transition. During this process, your business needs to stay visible. The best way to do that is by publishing content on a regular basis. Continue reading "Content is King"