Have you ever head an idea and immediately thought, “That is brilliant!” It recently happened to me as I was emceeing an awards event for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The award was Entrepreneur of the Year, and the winner was Brenda Stoner and her team at PICKUP™. What caught [...]
Are you afraid of being Uberized? You should be. Uber, Airbnb, and Lyft aren’t just the poster children for the Sharing Economy; they represent the continuation of a truth that is as old as civilization: someone is actively thinking about how to leverage technology to disrupt your industry. This isn’t [...]
You can’t cut your way to growth. Profitability? Yes, at least for a while, but growth is a completely different animal. Growth requires increasing the top line and there are only four basic ways to accomplish that: Sell more of the products or services you currently offer Sell additional products [...]
The Five Friends share the companies with which they love doing business. Find out what keeps them coming back again and again ... and what your business can learn from their experience.
You are now in the middle of a change. How you arrived here doesn’t matter. It could be a planned change gone awry, or perhaps a crisis forced you to do or be something different. It feels as if you are stranded in the median of a busy freeway with [...]
Business today can feel like being transported to the pages of the Louis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The potential solutions for meeting today’s challenges are just as confusing as the problems: Change your computer systems, become more customer-centric, start doing social media; stop doing social media; change your [...]
A strong, vibrant organizational culture is the ultimate engine for accelerating change and adapting to new opportunities. It can also be an anchor that holds you back and contributes to your downfall. Which is it for you? History is littered with once great organizations that allowed their culture to act [...]
The Five Friends share ideas to make your business better in this special video version of the Five Friends blog. See what Scott McKain, Larry Winget, Joe Calloway, Mark Sanborn, and I have to say.
“We don’t do that stuff.” “What stuff?” I inquired to the person in the next seat. Truthfully, I knew what he meant. I had just responded to his question about what I do with my standard elevator speech about helping leaders build cultures that deliver positive results in a world [...]
From Scott McKain: “Elected political leader as manager” is a dated, misplaced notion. Let’s change our thinking about the jobs of those we elect to significant positions. I never thought Jack Welch was an expert on nuclear power or broadcasting – even though GE did both while he was CEO. [...]