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8 Signs of a Positive Leader

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Those approaches may not be the best to follow. They hold fast to their positive vision - tirelessly seeking the best outcome for all. My dear friend Bob Burg and his partner John David Mann say it best in their Go-Giver series of books, ' It's not about you, It's about them.'  Great leaders live by that rule. 7. Yesterday I added my two cents on sensationalism across so many aspects of our lives.    Today - I want to share my perspectives on the signs of a great leader. Not the sensationalism oriented gurus that seem to be popular today.

Little White Lies

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  In the best case - no one ever knows about that little white lie. There's nothing wrong with a little white lie, right? So we deliver an upbeat message to our team to keep everyone engaged. Why share the reality that the we're in a bigger mess than we want to admit, even to ourselves? It will only make things worse. Or we over-promise our capabilities to win a new customer. We will find a way to satisfy their needs, and they'll just love us when they get to know us. Maybe we stretch the truth about ourselves - our experience, our skills.    But no more. 

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A Lesson From a Ski Hill

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Even the tiniest mistake and you get slammed. I was skiing with my good buddy Jim - who also happens to be a Mountain Guide and one of the best skiers I've ever seen.  I learned a lesson at Squaw Valley yesterday. It was a rough day. Over a foot of our famous Sierra Cement and more coming down.    Sierra Cement is heavy, heavy snow - think skiing slurpies. It changes with every inch - sometimes you move along, sometimes you get grabbed and stop suddenly.    He was being gracious and helping my relocate my ski legs in this stuff. My point? 

Recipes for Success

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That's not a bad thing - it's just not the best way to be different - and successful. Those B School recipes for success need an update. First of all - we're moving too fast to follow any set recipe. What was true last month may be old news today.    Even as our value slides from 'Oh Wow' to 'Ho Hum' in a matter of months, our markets spin in new directions.    Buyers change, fads change, the economy changes.    Market ingredients will change, so wed better be ready to improvise quickly. Every business situation is unique.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

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Be the Pig!

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The best questions to ask our customers to create compelling messages. Changing the Game can save our butts. This little pig Changed  the Game on the Queen of the jungle.    The result was, well - see for yourself. How often do you change the game? The world changes all around us, every day. Sometimes we are forced to change our game as part of a crisis or upheaval.

Leading for Success in a Changing World

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And it would be best to do it before another competitor grabs that opportunity, right? Our markets continuously change, driven by any number of dynamic events; buyer behaviors, fickle brand preferences, or economic pressures—just to name a few. Competitors and. partners are changing as well. New competitors emerge as. older ones fade—or become stronger. Once powerful partners fall as new ones appear on our horizon.    To thrive in this ever-changing horizon, we must be dynamic as well! When we listen to our markets, evolving our plan. becomes a natural endeavor.  yours.

Leading for Success in a Changing World

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And it would be best to do it before another competitor grabs that opportunity, right? Our markets continuously change, driven by any number of dynamic events; buyer behaviors, fickle brand preferences, or economic pressures—just to name a few. Competitors and. partners are changing as well. New competitors emerge as. older ones fade—or become stronger. Once powerful partners fall as new ones appear on our horizon.    To thrive in this ever-changing horizon, we must be dynamic as well! When we listen to our markets, evolving our plan. becomes a natural endeavor.  yours.

Do I Expect Too Much?

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Am I expecting too much? I'm really bugged these days by some behavior that I find disrespectful at best and more likely rude.  Am I out of line thinking that maybe this isn't the best way to treat a client? I was raised with some pretty specific rules about behavior. Say please and thank you, treat people as you would want to be treated, be courteous and polite. Then there was the 'be on time' dictate. My mom taught me that being late for a meeting with another meant my time was more important than theirs - so always be on time.  Please.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

idea that marketers are still searching for the best way to link their. to create content are beginning to learn how to best spend their sacred budgets. likely need some of the resources afforded to those best-in-class brands—a stable supply of time, money, and analytics that take the guesswork out of their jobs. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. content. 68% 16.7%

All I Ask.

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  Treat customers the way you'd treat your mother or sister or best friend. Yesterday I wrote a post about my dilemma with a few vendors of late - wondering if I was expecting too much from my vendors as their customer. Your responses told me resoundingly that I was not expecting too much - that we all have some basic expectations when it comes to customer service.    Many of the folks who responded were even more outraged than I expected by the treatment I'd endured at the hands of these vendors. Wow  - I guess I'm not expecting too much after all. 

Convenient Commitments

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have a knack for committing to verbal agreements with people who later only remember what was in their best interest. Remember when our word was our bond, and a handshake sealed a deal? We made a commitment, kept it and expected others to do the same. Even when it was inconvenient, we kept our commitments, in business and in our personal lives.    So much has changed. It happened to me again this last week with my ski lease. Now, she's forgotten most of what we said.  She's even accused me of making up the conversations I documented via email.

Assumptions Anyone?

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And had a great advertising team, since Google had the best ad of the Super Bowl. There's an old saying about assumptions.    Remember? Have you ever found yourself disagreeing with someone - wondering how in the heck they could see the situation in their way? Only to find that your perspectives were based on dramatically different assumptions than your own? Now think about the impact of those assumptions on the task at hand. Social media gives power to our assumptions. Social media enables all of us to make our assumptions known. That made no sense to me.

But That's the Way We've Always Done It

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  Even as we are scrambling to reinvent ourselves in the marketplace, with the best intentions and focus- the way we've always done it drags us backwards. I am the lightening rod for people's response to impending change.    T here's nothing like a strategic consultant showing up to stir the pot and bring all the tough 'stuff' to the surface. eople don't usually respond well to change. Anything but. Especially in tough economic or financial situations – when the company environment is already tense and constricted. That one eludes me.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

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Extreme Measures

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It's not even because they're trying to do the best job possible of protecting their customers. Fifteen Laughable Product Warning Labels The above article was in Forbes this week.    I got a kick out of all of the warning labels - some were truly extreme, for example the one below.    Imagine - Office Depot warning people to wear Safety Goggles to use a letter opener. Pretty bad, huh? But then I started thinking about why the  companies delivering these products felt compelled to cover their proverbial derrieres in such obviously over-the-top ways.

Twisten Carefully

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That's one of the best things about social media - Twitter especially. Harvard Business Review ran an article last week entitled ' Let's Tweet About Something Important! ' I was yet again surprised by the premise of the article - that the power of social networking is being hijacked by frivolous, not-important-at-all information.    We all know there's a lot of noise out there. People can share whatever they feel like sharing. Everything from what they had for breakfast to personal details I'd rather they kept to themselves. 

Twisten Carefully

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That's one of the best things about social media - Twitter especially. Harvard Business Review ran an article last week entitled ' Let's Tweet About Something Important! ' I was yet again surprised by the premise of the article - that the power of social networking is being hijacked by frivolous, not-important-at-all information.    We all know there's a lot of noise out there. People can share whatever they feel like sharing. Everything from what they had for breakfast to personal details I'd rather they kept to themselves. 

Drama Sells, Even When its BULLoney!

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  Those comments were rude, vulgar and unprofessional at best.  The great minds of Apple gave us innovation today. Thanks to the iPad, I can access anything I want on the web, watch  videos, write a blog post, create a presentation, run a spreadsheet,  read my book or magazine and email as I like.    I can carry one small iPad onto the plane or in the car and do everything I need to do.    Wow -I just lost ten pounds of luggage!    Too bad some smaller minds had to show up at the party.     You have to be kidding me? 

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

your best people are working blind.”. challenging at best. 5 New B2B Sales and Marketing. Strategies. Overground. 2. The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape. of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty. standard, right? Well, the model has shifted with the customer now in control and. disconnect. Consistent.

Keepers of the Truth

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We all think we know our markets, know that we can promote what we believe to be best for our buyers - which happens to be our products. Reality comes from our markets, not ourselves. seek customer, prospect and partner feedback before I ever begin to brainstorm a strategy.    Clients often ask me why I don’t take their word for where they are and what they do.    It’s not that I don’t believe them. I do.    It’s that I don’t believe any of us can clearly see today’s reality through the eyes of our buyers. 

That Personal Touch

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  "I wanted to share my best wishes with you for your new year, and thank you for your support of my business this year." Blah blah, I delete them  - and by the 2nd year, I stopped doing business with that professional.    Don't be the guy who acts like he's your best friend for show in front of the boss - but who really doesn't know a thing about you.  Marketing departments in all kinds of companies are using the power of being 'personal' as a way to attract customers and win business. Sometimes, we just plain blow it.

Power Chicks Do It Bigger

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We gals know the type - they'll trash you behind your back, set you up to fail every chance they get - and smile like your best friend whenever you're around. I don't know a woman in business who hasn't run into these females.   She was an elected official, committed to her state and its best interests - the second woman to run for the 2nd most important position in our government. I'd just like to point out that when the rest of the world wasn't as easily won over as her state - she took her marbles and went home. And guess what? She wanted more.

Smashing Pedestals

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We hope for the best. We've all looked the other way when an admired associate or loved one told a tiny little fib. Maybe we glossed over the discrepancy when an explanation didn't jive with the facts. It's what we do - we trust those we admire. That's one of the joys of being human. looked the other way for a CEO client. loved working with this guy. He was the ultimate leader - people would follow him off a cliff if he asked. He had duty, honor and integrity written all over him. So I continued to believe. Then I found out the truth about him. Darn it all

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

That’s the best. THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 18 Never Run Out of Ideas: Exercises & Best Practices Start With a Good Base When starting a new content initiative, we always recommend that marketers brainstorm. Marketing Institute, said it best… “Our goal is to create the least amount of content. to plan and produce effective content for their respective companies. In that time, we’ve.

Lessons From a Porch Light

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We all feel so powerless to do anything to stop them - so we do the best we can and delete and block - again and again. The last few weeks I've had a barrage of pornographic messages on Twitter. They are obscene, graphic and embarrassing. block the senders and delete the messages, but they just keep coming. My other friends are getting them as well. My email reflects Twitter. Everyday I get a multitude of invasive, downright obnoxious and over the top communications. Companies suggest they'll make me rich, young girls suggest things I don't want to mention. 

Buzzwords are BS!

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Asking our audiences to extract the value from generic, buzzword-ridden claims is risky at best.  The best questions to ask our customers to create compelling messages. I’m not talking about technology or industry specific buzzwords. I’m talking about marketing buzzwords – that cross every industry and market.    Words like biggest, fastest, cheapest, newest, most reliable, most secure, most efficient, market leading, world-class, new and improved, leading edge. Three adjectives and a noun are not a value proposition.   As a joke. Keep It Simple.

Buzzwords are BS!

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Asking our audiences to extract the value from generic, buzzword-ridden claims is risky at best.  The best questions to ask our customers to create compelling messages. I’m not talking about technology or industry specific buzzwords. I’m talking about marketing buzzwords – that cross every industry and market.    Words like biggest, fastest, cheapest, newest, most reliable, most secure, most efficient, market leading, world-class, new and improved, leading edge. Three adjectives and a noun are not a value proposition.   As a joke. Keep It Simple.

Are you Expanding or Contracting?

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But I know that contracting myself and my ideas is not the best path. We're all trying to do more with less. But what happens when we cut things a little too lean and the result just plain sucks? As the child of two depression kids, I was raised to be frugal, to 'save for a rainy day' - to be always ready for economic disaster. stopped short of stuffing the mattress with cash. But for years I was afraid to spend money on the right things in my life. I was a hoarder and I admit it. Contraction is not a path to success. My response ? You get what you pay for! It feels great.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

latest trends, and the ones with the best reputations. where to source the best freelancers. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. 2016 STAFFING, MEASUREMENT, AND. EFFECTIVENESS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY 2Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry I. Introduction II. Methodology III.

Are you Expanding or Contracting?

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But I know that contracting myself and my ideas is not the best path. We're all trying to do more with less. But what happens when we cut things a little too lean and the result just plain sucks? As the child of two depression kids, I was raised to be frugal, to 'save for a rainy day' - to be always ready for economic disaster. stopped short of stuffing the mattress with cash. But for years I was afraid to spend money on the right things in my life. I was a hoarder and I admit it. Contraction is not a path to success. My response ? You get what you pay for! It feels great.

Mine’s Bigger than Yours!

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The best questions to ask our customers to create compelling messages. Is anyone else tired of all the hype marketing? I don’t mean all marketing. I’m talking about the hand-waving promises that are so unrealistic as to be laughable. Perfect teeth in 4 days, hair re-growth in a few applications or a perfect body in only 2 weeks thanks to some revolutionary rubber band. Stretch it 3 times a day and look like a fashion model in no time. Do buyers really fall for that stuff? guess they do, or we wouldn’t have those ads all over the place, now would we?    They aren’t. 

Mine’s Bigger than Yours!

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The best questions to ask our customers to create compelling messages. Is anyone else tired of all the hype marketing? I don’t mean all marketing. I’m talking about the hand-waving promises that are so unrealistic as to be laughable. Perfect teeth in 4 days, hair re-growth in a few applications or a perfect body in only 2 weeks thanks to some revolutionary rubber band. Stretch it 3 times a day and look like a fashion model in no time. Do buyers really fall for that stuff? guess they do, or we wouldn’t have those ads all over the place, now would we?    They aren’t. 

When the Expert is Just Plain Wrong

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  I hired a person whom I thought was the best. Your intuition can be stronger than the best expert around! We're all taught to trust the experts, whether they are a doctor, lawyer or Indian chief (I had to do that:)). Seriously, we all look to the experts for sage and sound advice.    In business and our personal lives, we trust them to help us see  more deeply into whatever situation we're facing.    What happens when the experts are wrong? We retain business experts to help us learn about new markets and situations.   Nope.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

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When the Expert is Just Plain Wrong

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  I hired a person whom I thought was the best. Your intuition can be stronger than the best expert around! We're all taught to trust the experts, whether they are a doctor, lawyer or Indian chief (I had to do that:)). Seriously, we all look to the experts for sage and sound advice.    In business and our personal lives, we trust them to help us see  more deeply into whatever situation we're facing.    What happens when the experts are wrong? We retain business experts to help us learn about new markets and situations.   Nope.