All posts tagged business ideas & thinking

To Get Clear Is To Be Clear…

Today I spent time in a meeting that I had arranged but was being led by another party. The reason for the meeting was to help the Business Owners “get clear”… “Get Clear”about what? About their options, as opposed to pinging around from one option to another in the hope that one sticks! This is what happens when you don’t know who to talk to, nor do you know how to find the right person. Mind you, it happens to all of us when we are moving into new territory! When it’s a big ticket item like hanging on to…

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Does Your Business Make Money In Spite of Itself?

The more I talk to business owners, the more I realise that many of them don’t actually know how they make their money! Let me rephrase that… they don’t really know how their customers/ clients have found them and why they keep coming back. Do you find that bizarre? Initially, my answer would also be yes. But I’ve come to realise that doing so is a work-ON-business exercise. Not one that is done on a day-to-day basis. Of course, if you don’t give yourself work-ON-business time, how are you ever going to discover what your market is telling you? Time…

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Interview with Liz O’Dwyer of Business Success Radio…

Today, I had the good fortune of being interviewed by Liz O’Dwyer of Business Success Radio. We had met to discuss my afternoon with Seth Godin back in January 2, 2013, in New York City, which we did. As is always the  case though when talking about  “The Icarus Deception” and Living your Art, my Art always comes into play… that being of working with Business Owners to start the process of Getting Out. We Business Owners spend a whole lot of time in start-up and growth mode, as you should. But just like a job that you’ve been in 5…

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Business Book Club…

I’ve just returned from my every 6-week Book Club soiree. We have a lovely time catching up with each other and discussing the books. Some of which we’ve loved and others not so but nevertheless, much discussion and sometimes debate ensues. And we all learn about little bit more about ourselves and the world around us as a result. That got me thinking on the way home… why don’t we have a Business Book Club. I’d be happy to run it. Can do it via webinar so no need to leave home. I’m convinced a whole lot of learning about the…

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Make Buying or Selling a Business Happen: Turning Good Ideas Into Great Results…

hear! hear! The world is not short of ideas. It’s not. It is short of people who can execute on them. [This is where we need buyers of business to step up.] It is short of people who know how to take their aspirations and make a real impact on the world with them. What differentiates the great ideas that end up on the cutting room floor from those that wind up changing the world? There are five steps, or rather five competencies you can build that separate the haves from the have-nots, the doers from the talkers … They are…

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How to Restart your Creative Juices! Little Bets: Think Differently

“Inventing the Future” is what Selling your Business is all about. Certainly, developing your exit strategy goes some way in making that become a reality, especially if looking to use the sale as a springboard for your next add-venture… Our education system places great emphasis on teaching us about facts that are already known, such as historical information or scientific tables, and then testing us in order to measure how much we’ve retained about that body of knowledge. Those skills work perfectly well for many situations, but not when doing something new. Or creative. Or original. They certainly won’t help…

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The Mistake Manifesto: How Making Mistakes Can Make Us Better…

While I am not advocating that we all run around blundering and goofing up all the time—and certainly none of us like dealing with people who make the same mistake over and over—our fear of mistakes has a very high cost. We exert enormous energy blaming each other when something goes wrong rather than finding a solution. Defensiveness and accusations take the place of apologies and forgiveness. Mistake-avoidance creates workplaces where making changes and being creative while risking failure is subsumed by an ethos of mistake-prevention at the cost of daring and innovation… Read on The Mistake Manifesto: How Making…

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Disciplined Dreaming: How to Build Your Creativity Mojo

By Josh Linkner for ChangeThis.com I developed the Disciplined Dreaming system to give creativity its own place and practice, to provide everyone in the organization a structure for developing their own creative ideas, and to bring creativity back to the heart of business—where it belongs. Disciplined Dreaming isn’t a stifling, rigid “innovation process”, but an open system. It provides a strong and flexible framework that frees individuals and organizations to improvise and explore—and, in the process, develop their creative chops. The ideas, processes, and practices of Disciplined Dreaming will help you build your chops by expanding your creative capacity and…

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EXCEPTIONALL…the rise of new powerhouses in new brands

www.trendwatching.com. One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com sends out its free, monthly Trend Briefings to more than 160,000 subscribers worldwide… here is the latest With the entire world now battling it out in the consumer arena, the number of innovations aimed at consumers from Brazil to Belgium is staggering. Enjoy! EXCEPTIONALL | “Exceptional B2C (business to consumer) innovations will increasingly come from all corners of the globe, with brands and talent from emerging markets in particular getting ready to shine.” Now that virtually the entire world has joined the consumer arena, prepare for an avalanche of new brands,…

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