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Are We Having Fun Yet?
by Tim Leman in Personal Growth and Development
Are todays executives doing a good job at balancing their work and their personal lives?

I connected with Bruce Gobdel and Tony Hutti to gain their perspective. After long and successful careers in management and public accounting, they are involved in mentoring leaders as part of  the executive roundtable groups they facilitate.

Hutti said, "I think some are getting better at balancing business and personal, but they need to give the same level of intensity to their personal life as they do to their business. I think they don't realize that they could use some of the same tools they use in their work - core values, regularly scheduled meetings, or key metrics. I know it might sound kind of formal, but it works!"

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The Science of Serenity
by Marlene Goldman in Human Resources and Personnel Management
Fitbits, yoga mats, boot camps, health spas and fitness apps are just some of the signs reflecting a country obsessed with physical and mental well-being. The wellness trend spills from private to corporate life, combating endless sedentary hours in front of a computer or in a boardroom.

Wellness, which spans alternative medicine, healthy eating, preventative health, corporate wellness programs, fitness and more, was tagged as a $2 trillion global industry, according to SRI International in 2013, and more recently was listed as a $3.4 trillion market and one of the fastest-growing industries on Earth, according to last year's "Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor," a report published by the Global Wellness Institute.

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How Marketing Leaders Can Help Sales Get Higher-Level Business Relationships
by Fred Diamond in Sales and Marketing
Ive spent a lot of time thinking about this important topic because many of the product marketing and go-to-market plans Ive developed and executed for clients have depended on the sales teams having strong business relationships for the plans to achieve success.

Because of this need, Ive often told the CEOs Ive supported that their marketing leader should be counted on to be the sales reps first line of advice in building higher relationships. Here are three reasons why:

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Continuous Performance Improvement
by Paul Gorman in Innovation and Change
Albert Einstein defined Insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  But there is a way out of this predicament.  Einstein also said, Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.  
Between 1948 and 1975 Japanese industrial engineers, Taiichi Ohno and Eiji Toyoda, developed what became known as the Toyota Production System (TPS).  This system was originally modeled after American supermarkets.  

In American supermarkets, the customer shops, taking items from his shopping list off the shelf, and purchasing them.  Then the store re-stocks the shelf with just enough inventory to fill up the space.  This was the genesis of just in time manufacturing...

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"You Might Have Something I Might Want to Buy"
by Rick McPartlin in Customer Service and Quality
How completely things have changed.

It used to be my job was to get in front of a lot of people who I had never met and PITCH them hard and close them even harder.

If I did that, the result would be a bunch of those people would give me money for something they didn't know they needed, I would get a big commission check and so would my boss.

Things have changed so completely no one even has a phone at home.  No one delivers me a phone book to look those people up, and if I find someone to call, I am blocked.

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Can You Really Afford Hiring Another Bad Salesperson?
by Colleen Stanley in Human Resources and Personnel Management
Re-runs can be fun to watch, except when you are the star in a movie titled, He Had a Good Resume. The plot really isnt new and is predictable.  

Sales manager hires a new salesperson with high hopes that this candidate is the one. The resume is good and the interview even better. Finally, youve hired a salesperson that is a self-starter, great team player and consistent quota achiever.  

The plot thickens when the new salesperson settles in and unpacks his bags. The sales manager starts to hear excuses for not making quota. And of course, none of the excuses have anything to do with the salespersons efforts.     

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Do you even need to market your business?
by Rob Weinberg in Sales and Marketing
Over the past 30+ years Ive come across many arguments why you should or shouldnt market a business. Arguments for include increasing profits, increasing visibility and controlling the message. Arguments against include lack of time, lack of competition and controlling the budget.

The old saying: The best reason for advertising today is the sale youll make tomorrow says it all. There is always a tomorrow to prepare for, more competition coming down the road, and seeds that need to be planted to grow your company.

Still, many people dont get it.

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Why Your Culture Matters, Now More Than Ever
by Lisa Jackson in Leadership
In 2014, culture was named Merriam Websters Word of the Year. Why?

On the surface, fads come and go. Perhaps culture is like many other cool new concepts that will pass on when the next new idea comes along.

But personally, I think the attention on workplace culture is more fundamental to whats happening in our world today. Lets explore a deeper look at why culture has become a de rigeur topic in every boardroom, in companies small and large.

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Bridge the Gap Tip Sheet
by Dan Negroni in Human Resources and Personnel Management
This tip sheet supports the "Learn to Speak Millennial" webinar from July 2015

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Bridge the Gap Webinar Slide Deck
by Dan Negroni in Human Resources and Personnel Management
This is the slide deck for Dan Negroni's webinar "Learn to Speak Millennial" from July 2015

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Five Ways Marketing Leaders Can Design "Innovation Vacations"
by Lisa Nirell in Strategy and Planning
Summer brings opportunity for rejuvenation. Its an ideal time to escape our ordinary routines, unplug, daydream, and discover our next big idea.

Active adventure travel is one of my core values and sources of inspiration. My favorite destinations include Central Oregons pristine lakes, Bermudas Harrington Sound, and the protected waters of La Jolla Cove in California. Some of my best business ideas were born in those placesseldom in my office.

Many senior marketing leaders return to a favorite summer destination for the same reason. Heres what I have discovered about designing innovation vacations, and five marketing leaders who share their experiences:

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Building Sustained Workplace Excellence
by Michelle M. Smith in Human Resources and Personnel Management
Regardless of your industry, one of the most effective competitive strategies you can leverage is to improve your products or services. Often, this is easier said than done, and even when you are successful, youre challenged with achieving innovative, breakthrough results on a continual basis to remain at the forefront of your industry.

But is it possible to operationalize and scale this continuous pursuit of excellence?

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Meet Gen Y: How to prepare managers for the Millennial age
by Dan Negroni in Human Resources and Personnel Management
Clearly, a new world order has emerged, the rulers of which are known as the Millennials. You cannot go a nanosecond without hearing a soundbite about how they are changing the world.  

Millennials, also referred to as Generation Y or Gen Y, are individuals born some time between 1980 and 2000, the cutoff is somewhat of a moving target but their presence is not, it is real, it is big and it is great. Today, this group of 20-somethings, comprises 60 percent of the worlds population, 3640 percent of todays workforce, and will be over 75 percent of your employees by 2025. Think about it, how many of your customers are or will be Millennial?  A whole lot!

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Engaged workers spur brand success
by Julia Carcamo in Sales and Marketing
Like most of you, I travel through one too many airports. At some point they start to feel like the same place.

Nothing really stands out, but a few months ago I noticed one of Southwest Airlines new marketing communications materials. The headline read, Without a heart, its just a machine. The brand refresh had been the first for Southwest in 14 years. The goal was to remind customers and employees alike that people are at the heart of everything the airline does.

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Feel Good, Look Good: Designing Community Projects
by Nancy J. Zavada in Organizational Behavior
In 2000, corporate social responsibility activities were unheard of, while today the majority of planners are including them in their events. The most popular form of social responsibility for meetings is a community, or legacy, project. Community projects fall into the Feel Good, Look Good category of CSR, where the project contributes to a sustainable cause and also provides promotional benefits to the sponsoring organization.

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Your Lack of Sales is Your Own Damned Fault!
by Andy Miller in Sales and Marketing
Caution: dont read this article if you cant handle straight talk.

Since 1992 CEOs have been asking me the same question, How do we drive more sales?

They want a simple answer so Im going to give it to you. Your lack of sales is your own damned fault.

Yes, I said it and it is. If sales arent working you need to make some major changes. Quit looking for the easy, cheap or wimpy way. Grow a spine, increase your grit and go make the necessary changes. Youre going to have to deal with it sooner or later so make the changes NOW and thrive or defer and pay a much bigger price later.

Let me rant for a little and then I will give you a formula on how to fix your sales problem.

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Social Studies 3.0
by Travis Stanton in Social Media and Social Networking
Just four short years ago, Facebook boasted 608 million users who interacted with the site on at least a monthly basis. Today, that number has more than doubled, with monthly users topping 1.2 billion. Similarly, the percentage of companies using social media as an exhibit-marketing tool has more than doubled as well, from 31 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2014.

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Content Curation
by Linda Galloway in Personal Growth and Development
When Andi Campbell joined LAZ Parking in 2010 as director of learning and development, she started with a blank slate. The company had few learning resources and no consistent strategy for grooming new managers a key business imperative, given the companys rapid growth and commitment to hiring from within. The companys 7,500+ parking employees, most of whom work out of 1,900 parking locations across the country, had no way to access learning resources or collaborate with each other. Many did not even have corporate emails, although most had personal cell phones.

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What CEOs Should Expect from their Marketing Staffers
by Fred Diamond in Sales and Marketing
Many Marketing staffers in companies that are trying to get to the next level are not serving their employers as well as they can. Whose fault is it--the CEO or the Marketing staffers?

In a popular 1980s song, Howard Jones famously said no one ever is to blame. Thats not the case here. Marketing needs to deliver more purposeful servicing to the company, and the CEO needs to communicate more clearly what Marketing should deliver. It does not matter whether the marketing staff is internal or outsourced.

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Pack More Power Into Your Leadership Communications
by Tom Varian in Leadership
On the bridge of a mighty steamship, the captain bellows through a speaking tube to the boiler room, several decks below: You have to shovel faster, you bastards! The coal-smeared men toiling in the bowels of the ship exchange amused glances, as if to ask: Whats bugging him? They shrug and pick up the pace a bit, but not much.

Now imagine if that same captain chose to bellow: Iceberg dead ahead!! If we can make ten knots, we just might be able to turn this ship before we slam into it and all drown! You have to shovel faster, you bastards!

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