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  Unfortunately -there's no way to contact a Google human to help - and Feedburner can't locate the feed. To all my subscribers! On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth. The content focus won't change that much - only the formats - and you'll see my new website as well as part of the Rebelations page. We had some issues with Feedburner during the transition - the system seems to have lost my Phoenix Rising feed.  So I'm stuck. Thanks much!!!

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Is Yesterday's News Preventing Your Success?

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While I was helping clients and their investors make fortunes, I didn't allow myself to receive more than 'just enough' everyone I know had a big hit. My good friend Bob Burg, and his co-author John David Mann, opened my eyes to the concept of receiving. Thanks to their wonderful series of Go-Giver books, I learned about my very own unconscious belief pattern that was blocking my receiving. Yes, I've always received enough to have a good life, but never better than good. Everyone but me.   I gave and gave and gave - to clients, friends and family.

Is Yesterday's News Preventing Your Success?

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While I was helping clients and their investors make fortunes, I didn't allow myself to receive more than 'just enough' everyone I know had a big hit. My good friend Bob Burg, and his co-author John David Mann, opened my eyes to the concept of receiving. Thanks to their wonderful series of Go-Giver books, I learned about my very own unconscious belief pattern that was blocking my receiving. Yes, I've always received enough to have a good life, but never better than good. Everyone but me.   I gave and gave and gave - to clients, friends and family.

8 Signs of a Positive Leader

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Leaders rise above the negative path - finding positive aspects in any situation to help their followers find a better way to live and grow. When they comment - it's always in the spirit of positive, helpful and supportive advice or wisdom. 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. Those approaches may not be the best to follow. So here's my list. Positive, no Matter What. 

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Do I Expect Too Much?

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So help me out, please! 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.    There were lots of other rules - but you get the drift.    Those rules did well for me  - in my personal as well as my business life. For me - it's simply common courtesy. Am I expecting too much?

Twisten Carefully

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I found my favorite art director (who I haven't spoken to in 10 years) and now he's helping me with some re-branding. Thanks to the Twitter Vortex, I have the perfect team to help me launch 'Rebel 2.0' 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. And there's my point.

Twisten Carefully

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I found my favorite art director (who I haven't spoken to in 10 years) and now he's helping me with some re-branding. Thanks to the Twitter Vortex, I have the perfect team to help me launch 'Rebel 2.0' 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. And there's my point.

We Are Responsible

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Those tough times also helped me to grow  as a person, So maybe 'fair' is about what helps us to expand and grow - not about what keeps us safe and stuck in our comfort zone? I believe we can all create 'fair' lives. I'm a big follower of the Law of Attraction (and Quantum Physics). I believe that we create (or select) what we focus upon in our thoughts and intentions.    If I focus on good things - I create them, or select them out of the infinite stream of possibilities. I know that my life is created by my focus.   Dramatically.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Use frameworks like ABM and ICE to help with these efforts. With marketing now responsible for helping to nurture and. advocacy program aimed and fine-tuned for their sales department will help. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help. social sellers will understand that in doing so, it can only help contribute to. Technology will help marketers.

A Lesson From a Ski Hill

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  He was being gracious and helping my relocate my ski legs in this stuff. 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.    It's an art to find your balance and stay down the hill when you're getting thrown all over the place. Even the tiniest mistake and you get slammed. What was I thinking?" 

Changing My Game

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I've helped companies grow for over two decades now as a consultant.    In 2009, I decided it was time to step into the life of my dream as an author and speaker, sharing my consulting experience to help  people think differently about how to grow their business. Hanging onto old recipes limits our success. We all have old recipes running around in our brains.    It's human nature to find and follow a pattern. We creatures of habit feel more comfortable that way. I became aware of an old, and dangerous, recipe in my own life not too long ago.

No DMs Please

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Can I help? Just when I thought it was bad - it got worse. We all know how annoying all the Twitter 'Thanks for following' DMs are, right?    Mine have become downright out of control these days.    I miss my friends DMs thanks to all the SPAM in my DM column. It's worse than email because I can't block Tweets. I wouldn't mind the DMs so much if they really were thanking me and/or offering something valuable. But we know that's not true either.  Recently I've been paying a bit more attention to those pesky DMs.

Legends

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Sometimes - they help us avoid the change we fear. Legends keep the past alive in our world. Legends are handed down from generation to generation. As they are passed along, they gather strength.    In many cultures - legends act as guidelines for behavior. We have corporate legends as well, rules and 'knowns' that we accept as truth. If you're wondering what legends I'm talking about, here are some examples.  Often we can’t even remember the source of those legends. We tend to hang onto those legends, the knowns about our businesses.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Use frameworks like ABM and ICE to help with these efforts. With marketing now responsible for helping to nurture and. advocacy program aimed and fine-tuned for their sales department will help. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help. social sellers will understand that in doing so, it can only help contribute to. Technology will help marketers.

Think Small

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  Every morning we can wake up, resolve to help out a fellow employee whose been having a rough time lately, smile at a gloomy stranger on the street or do that special something for a loved one whose been so good to us.  In the meantime, we can begin everyday with a commitment help another through some small yet meaningful gesture. This year, I'm going to help one person every day of my year. It's the day for New Year's Resolutions yet again.   What a worthy cause! So why wait til New Year's? Small acts can make a huge difference.

That Personal Touch

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  I did this for decades, taking time to personally thank each and every client and partner who helped me through the year.  Marketing departments in all kinds of companies are using the power of being 'personal' as a way to attract customers and win business.   Personalized profiles are all the rage in outbound marketing.    We insert recipients' names into email campaigns that are tailored to what we assume are their requirements, thanks to a tailored sentence or two. Somehow - that doesn't seem like a truly personal approach. 

Power Chicks Do It Bigger

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I abide by the laws of many Gods and mankind, honor my fellow beings, use my power for the good of all beings that I can help.  Somebody commented that I was really taking it out on the Power Dudes. So, just for the record, Power Chicks are worse than Power Dudes. Power Chicks swagger over other women like no man I've ever met, while they're sucking up to the guys, just sweet as pie. 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. And guess what?

Absolute Power

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We help to create the monsters these powerful folks often become. Power is an ugly drug, a drug that many of us crave, some of us capture and we all believe we can manage oh-so-well. We point to those who slip and fall on the slippery slope of power, ridicule them and make jokes, knowing that we would never follow in their footsteps.    We behave as if those who slip and fall are the exception to the rules. Tiger is NOT the exception. Gosh how I wish he was. Our culture is determined to set up those in power for ultimate failure. We are, after all, human.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Use frameworks like ABM and ICE to help with these efforts. With marketing now responsible for helping to nurture and. advocacy program aimed and fine-tuned for their sales department will help. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help. social sellers will understand that in doing so, it can only help contribute to. Technology will help marketers.

Lessons From a Porch Light

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  Con artists offer to share their multi-million dollar bank accounts in the US if I'll only help them with a small funding.  The last few weeks I've had a barrage of pornographic messages on Twitter. They are obscene, graphic and embarrassing. I block the senders and delete the messages, but they just keep coming. My other friends are getting them as well. 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. My email reflects Twitter.   My personal space is filled with blatant disrespect.

Primal Thinking

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I'm laughing as I write this, I can't help it. I wrote a post last week entitled Ready, Fire, Aim. I closed with what I thought was a cute little double entendre' Something lifke "Who knows, maybe we'll hit the bullseye!" " followed, by a picture of a bull's eye.the Wall Street Bull's Eye to be precise.    Get it? If we focus on our goal and hit the bullseye, we'll do well financially. My gal friends  got the pun. I had an email from a friend right after I posted giggling with me about my wit - and obsession with cows.

Friends Who Are My Family!

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During the really hard times, when I was care-taking my mom, then dad, then my friend with AIDS, they helped hold me together. We laugh at life, share our experiences, help each other in as many ways as their are needs. I've been on my own most of my adult life.    I don't mind being alone. I'm an only child of two only children who had me at 42. I grew up as the only kid in my neighborhood. Now that my folks are gone, I don't have close family since I don't have kids. The good news? I get to choose my family. Then came Twitter. My NEW Family Photo!

Ready, Fire, Aim

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A crisp, well-defined goal helps us focus our doing. That's kinda backwards, isn't it? I catch myself doing it all the time. I get an idea, remember something I need to do, all while I'm in the middle of something else. I'm distracted by the new thought, so I get up to go fix whatever, grab whatever, do whatever, so I can come back and focus. But then sometimes I can't remember where I was going or what I was going to do. Or I see something along the way and stop to do it, then move on to something else, and remember my original goal, um well, sooner or later.

He Said, She Said

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We help our audiences hear our message when we communicate contextually, with stories or examples that bring home the power of the message we're sharing. I'm intrigued by the difference between what people say and what we hear. Communication is such a nebulous exercise. Especially with the rise of non-verbal communication in the form of texting, email, tweeting, FB posts and more.    If communicating was challenging before our digital age, think how complex it is today. We listen based on our own perspectives and experiences. Simply because of our own filters.

Learning to Say No

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I also helped out every broken-winged bird that came my way, from friends and family to people I met in business.   Maybe it's as simple as offering to help an employee learn to do something for themselves instead of picking up the slack. I admire all my associates who just say No. When a client or friend asks them for that little extra something, they sometimes graciously decline. They know exactly where their boundaries are, in business and in their personal lives, and they honor them. I'm learning that skill - it's about time. No problem.

Never Say Never

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  Patches and these cowboys helped me once again appreciate the power of belief - in ourselves and in those around us. What would we accomplish if we believed anything is possible? I've been asking myself that question a lot lately. I'm transitioning from a 20 year career as a consultant, reinventing myself as an author and a speaker/business coach.There are days when I know I'm on the right track. The book is coming along, I have so much I want to share with audiences that I can't decide what to present in my first platform product. My dream life will never happen.

We Get more Flies with Sugar

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Now that's helpful to the customer, isn't it? My southern mother had all kinds of cute sayings about life and the pursuit.    This one came to mind this morning. "You "You get more flies with Sugar than you do with Vinegar" I was chatting with an associate  about a client of his who is in a battle with another vendor at a customer site.    There's lots of finger pointing about who was causing which problem. In the meantime the customer is stuck in the middle as his business grinds to a pace that even tortoise land would view as slow.

Use eMarketing to Change Your Marketing Game

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eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale is just the book to help your marketing team produce the most qualified prospects ever - prospects that are engaged and ready to buy.    Albee helps your marketing teams create compelling content that informs prospects at each stage in the buying process – moving them forward through the buying funnel, quickly and effectively. eMarketing is a powerful revenue tool - for marketing and sales.    Noone knows that better than Ardath Albee, author of eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale. Thanks to Web 2.0

Use eMarketing to Change Your Marketing Game

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eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale is just the book to help your marketing team produce the most qualified prospects ever - prospects that are engaged and ready to buy.    Albee helps your marketing teams create compelling content that informs prospects at each stage in the buying process – moving them forward through the buying funnel, quickly and effectively. eMarketing is a powerful revenue tool - for marketing and sales.    Noone knows that better than Ardath Albee, author of eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale. Thanks to Web 2.0

Are We Civilized?

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It's rare to have a stranger offer help of any kind these days. I have deep thoughts at gas stations. I was filling Thelma (my truck) with diesel and a 5 gallon can with unleaded. As I was working the nozzle into the can, the owner gently took it out of my hands, smiled and shooshed me toward the truck with a wave of his hand.    "Ladies shouldn't pump their own gas." " I was on my way home from the ranch. I'd been working in the paddock - digging trenches ahead of the winter rains and organizing tack.  What a welcome surprise.

My Personal Trust Initiative

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He lives in my guest cottage and helps me with my property. This week I've been waxing on about trust. Or rather, the lack of trust. Without trust - we run the risk of losing -  a lot. We can each rekindle the trust. If we take a step toward trust, others will follow our example. The world won't change overnight, but we can change it over time. Hopefully before we have to sign a waiver to have a meal at a restaurant. So I'm starting my own little trust initiative. Who knows, maybe it will rub off! 1) Shake hands on the deal.   2) Get a haircut. 

Are you Expanding or Contracting?

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I'd helped them define their go-to-market strategy and positioning. With the help of a great friend and mentor, I found the perfect publisher!  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. I 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.

Are you Expanding or Contracting?

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I'd helped them define their go-to-market strategy and positioning. With the help of a great friend and mentor, I found the perfect publisher!  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. I 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.

When the Expert is Just Plain Wrong

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  In business and our personal lives, we trust them to help us see  more deeply into whatever situation we're facing.  We retain business experts to help us learn about new markets and situations. We seek out those with demonstrated success and longevity in a specific market, who have the hands on experience to help us succeed. 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.  I was so excited!   Nope.

When the Expert is Just Plain Wrong

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  In business and our personal lives, we trust them to help us see  more deeply into whatever situation we're facing.  We retain business experts to help us learn about new markets and situations. We seek out those with demonstrated success and longevity in a specific market, who have the hands on experience to help us succeed. 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.  I was so excited!   Nope.

Mine’s Bigger than Yours!

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They want to know that we understand their business, that we've helped others like them to do cool things for their business. 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? Certainly not for B2B type audiences. They aren’t. 

Mine’s Bigger than Yours!

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They want to know that we understand their business, that we've helped others like them to do cool things for their business. 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? Certainly not for B2B type audiences. They aren’t. 

I Really Should.

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But I want to be a consultant and help many companies. 'Should' can go the way of the Woolly Mammoth. It limits us, keeps us in a repetitive pattern of thinking and behavior. Think about it. Our parents used the 'should' word to teach us their version of right and wrong, to take responsibility and to follow the local cultural and social rules. And yes, some 'shoulds' are good things. We should be responsible, contributing members of society. We should follow the important guidelines of humanity. We should brush our teeth:) The problem? 'Should' My point?