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Organizational Development

Am I The Only One?

By Organizational Development, Personal Development

Are you the only pink flamingo in your work group? My friend Pete retired about a month ago from a thirty-five year career as a “wholesaler” in the financial services industry. He enjoyed his work, his colleagues, and most of all the end users of his offering – the financial advisors he served. His vocation offered a great living for he and his family and is now providing a very comfortable retirement life-style. I answered a phone call from him last week with a typical “hello”. My greeting was countered by hearty laughter on his end of the line, followed by,…

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Heroes Among Us – The 1000 Year Flood

By Organizational Development, Personal Development

It’s been heartwarming and humbling for me to witness the heroism of friends, neighbors and total strangers as a frontline participant to what many are referring to as the “The 1000 Year Flood”. To stand beside a neighbor that I barely know and hear him talk about rescuing two other neighbors neither he nor I knew, is surreal (see attached video).  These poor souls I’m referring to were clinging for their lives to the entrance of our subdivision gate after a surge from a local dam break released millions of gallons of water down-stream, immediately creating whitewater rapids that swept through parts of…

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How to Tell if You’re For Real

By Book Briefs, Organizational Development

What do Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, BMW, Zippo, Harley Davidson, and LL Bean have in common? They are all “authentic brands” says Michael Beverland, professor of marketing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, a brand marketing researcher and author of the book Building Brand Authenticity – 7 Habits of Iconic Brands.  So just what makes a brand authentic? Beverland says authenticity is synonymous with truth.  One way tell if a brand is truthful or not is to look at the marketing efforts of a company.  Traditional marketers want to control the consumer with a top down approach.  Beverland says they try to manage consumers’…

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How To Improve Your Business IQ By Watching TV

By Organizational Development

Want to improve your business practice, increase revenues and widen margins? Then watch more TV. Not just anything on TV, specifically The Profit. The Profit falls on a continuum somewhere between a historical reenactment and a Harvard Business School Case Study. For those of us who prefer a text book with a story line, this 1-hour show that airs on CNBC is a must. Its great viewing for the business leader of a large corporation, all the way down to the individual that’s just leading a small mom and pop enterprise. The show’s star is Marcus Lemonis. In each episode,…

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Book Brief: “Zero to One”

By Book Briefs, Organizational Development

This week’s “Book Brief” of “Zero to One” highlights the unconventional thoughts of Peter Thiel, the 47 year old entrepreneur, venture capitalist and hedge fund manager.  Peter and his friends Max Levchin and Elon Musk founded PayPal, and Thiel was the first outside investor in Facebook in 2004, one of his many ventures that has helped him amass over $2 billion in net worth. Who should read this book:  Anyone starting a business or anyone who is wanting to take their business to the next level. But read the book only if you’re interested in going from “Zero to One”….

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