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The New PB&J: Setup the Pieces

A chess game is often won in the first five moves. Not in the sense that after the first five moves, the game is literally over, but that in the first five moves, one of the players has setup his or her strategy to the point where the other player has very little options to [...]

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The New PB&J: See the Future

Image by John Kratz via Flickr If you didn’t catch the intro post to this series, I advise you go and read it. Right now, we’ll wait. Now that you’re back, here’s a thought you may not have known: Arthur Guinness (of Guinness beer fame) signed a 9000 year lease on December 31st, in 1759. The lease [...]

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Turn Down the Volume

Turn Down the Volume

Twitter is a great tool, when used effectively. But on my personal account, I’ve just had way too much “noise” lately. Basically, I’ve followed people that I wouldn’t really listen to. They just distract from those that I want to hear. Before you get all defensive, I’ve heard both sides of the argument: follow everyone [...]

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How to Handle Criticism Online

Any individual or business who sticks their neck out there in the online world will eventually encounter someone who has had a bad experience with them, their product, or who simply doesn’t like them. The question is not how to avoid criticism, but how to handle criticism. Lucky you, we have a couple of examples [...]

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You Aren’t Seth, Steve, or Scoble

You Aren’t Seth, Steve, or Scoble

Without further ado, the SmarterBiz unofficial PR rep, Cleveland Brown: All joking aside, how often in business do you try to imitate someone else? There are a lot of leaders that so many of us try to imitate, whether we’re delivering presentations, talking about marketing, or casting vision in an internal business meeting. Seth Godin [...]

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The New PB&J: Social Media Strategy

The New PB&J: Social Media Strategy

Peanut butter and jelly go together wonderfully. They are, regardless of your choice in brand of peanut butter or flavor of jelly, a match made in heaven. Within the pair, you can have literally hundreds of different types of combinations: Jif & apple, honey peanut butter & grape, Peter Pan & strawberry…the list goes on.There’s [...]

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Business on a Napkin: The 30-Second Company Philosophy

Business on a Napkin: The 30-Second Company Philosophy

I just received a regular update from the Chairman of Federal Express, Fred Smith. And in it, he expresses (as he often does – which is for another post) the 5 focus areas of FedEx, which have been the “pillars of FedEx success over the years”.  Here’s two of them. Let’s see if you catch [...]

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Leaders: Ask Big Questions

Leaders are usually looked to as people who have all the answers. But this, often times, is not the hardest part of leading others. Often times, the most difficult thing a leader has to do is to ask questions. Why? Because it reveals something that the leader often isn’t willing to admit: that he or [...]

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Ten Characteristics of a Great Slideshow

In another capacity, I present a 35-40 minute speech, complete with Powerpoint, every week. I’ve been doing that for about 2.5 years now, and I think I’ve learned a lot. I’ve even used it in a technology-related capacity, speaking at Ignite Raleigh last year (and hoping to again). But that’s beside the point of this [...]

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