Category Archives: Innovation

Nerves

Not too long ago the partners at Oak & Apple met to review client status. As we started the discussion, Bill, a scratch golfer, commented that in a recent tournament he hadn’t been able to settle down and play his … Continue reading

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What Makes Decisions Effective?

As president of your company, how do you assess how good your business performance is? Do you review financials, daily operations efficiency reports, SalesForce entries, cash flow? Do you begin by talking with your department heads or VPs? Do you call your … Continue reading

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Lone Ranger: Never Take Off The Mask

Columbia Pictures is releasing the movie version of “Lone Ranger” in 2013 with the tag line of “Never Take Off the Mask.” Its pre-release publicity is timely as an example for both marketing executives and top management to understand the … Continue reading

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Boiling Frogs: Decision Making Under Stress

Any guys (and perhaps a few ladies) who grew up around ponds have played with frogs. If we paid attention, we learned great lessons about stress management from frogs. Those of us who were mischievous tossed frogs in boiling water … Continue reading

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Is Fear of Failure a Formula for Success? Ask Sara Blakely!

Ms. Blakely is the founder of Spanx. Many of us (especially men) may wonder what Spanx is. On the surface the company created the new “shapewear” undergarment category that Sara pioneered. She is also the hottest ticket on the media circuit. … Continue reading

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The 7 Laws of Social Media

There has been an enormous amount written these days about social media. I was reading a LinkedIn string from a group I belong to and saw The 7 Laws of Social Media by Colin Netting, partner at In Sync Marketing … Continue reading

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Jumping Cows

Executives in middle-market companies we work with frequently model marketing, sales and even operating processes used by larger companies. More often than not, results do not meet expectations. My observation is because the solutions chosen do not suit the company’s … Continue reading

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Changing Places

I recently received a link to a Corning Glass UTube video. The clip illustrates how people seamlessly share information and touch each other through technology, at the leading edge today and cutting edge tomorrow. From a brand development and marketing … Continue reading

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So, your multi-million dollar investment tanked. Can you spell t-r-u-s-t?

We were retained by management of a small technology firm to help them focus on clarity of objectives, strategic initiatives and tactics as they energize their team environments once they were funded by an investor group. We were cognizant of … Continue reading

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Conflict: Source of Innovation

Most executives look for ways to resolve conflict quietly, yet to me it is a fountain of innovation. Let’s be clear about what healthy conflict is and is not. It is a disagreement about issues aligned with a common objective. … Continue reading

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