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Innovate Always

It is a growing trend to see businesses allocate specific time to strategy and innovation. And that’s a good thing. But it shouldn’t stop there. Innovation will be effective if it is based on the correct information. That information gathering should be happening continuously. Here are two ways you can build innovative thinking into your…

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How Do You Keep Up?

“How do you remain ahead of competitors when dealing with digital challenges?” This question was presented in a small business forum, which I frequent. Things happen quickly in digital trends, customer preferences, and life in general, frankly. When a competitor seems to be making noise, the immediate reaction is often to try to one-up them.…

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Halt & Catch Fire – Lesson

Specifically: the first season of the show Halt & Catch Fire. Spoiler Warning: I do not mention any story or plot specifics below, but in discussing the themes a certain amount of the first season is revealed. This first season of the show is about the early development of computers, it’s about disruption in a…

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Time To Dismantle Your Business

This has come up before on this blog: if you can cannibalize your business, you should. This is part of the promise of excellence that you make to your clients. To always be excellent, you must always be improving. Running a business tends to leave little time for strategic thinking. One key goal of this…

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Why You Should Welcome Competition

There really is space in the market for more than one of you. Focus on your differences, not your similarities, and learn to carve out your niche areas. More importantly: don’t focus on your competition when considering how to innovate and develop. We’ve mentioned this before, but Stephen Fry really says it best: What is…

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Consultant Corner – Practice does not make perfect

Practice does not automatically mean improvement. How can you ensure your learning and skills are always growing? 1.22 Know the goal 3.05 Use systems 4.02 Get Feedback My online Courses: How to Start a Business as a Freelance Consultant : http://bit.ly/udemyBC Effective Decision Making in Business: http://bit.ly/udemyDM

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Tradition is not a Strategy

In business, tradition is a terrible reason to do something. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” is not an effective evaluation of strategy. And don’t even get me started on “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. (To summarize my view on this: always consider fixing it, there might be a better way to…

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Your Number One Priority in Business

On a recent flight, I finally paid attention to the welcome message telling me that my (and my fellow passengers’) safety was the airlines number one priority. Wait a second, I thought. Then how will you get me to destination? We all know that in many forms of transport, the safest option is usually to…

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There’s No Such Thing as a Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna – a quintessential dish of the Italian cuisine. Originally from the Emilia Romagna region, which is really the home of pasta. It includes all the best of the regional cuisine: tasty pasta, creamy bechamel sauce, and flavorful ragú bolognese. This last is a meat sauce. With so many elements it is typical to find…

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Conference Recap – It’s All About the Customer

And if there is only one take-away from this post – and the conference – let it be this: that it is, indeed, all about the customer. Even those things that are, seemingly, not about the customer, like internal operations, employee training, investor communication, etc. A business needs a viable market opportunity to be successful,…

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