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The Guiding Laws of Business (Part 1)

Image by epicharmus via Flickr Lately, there have been a couple articles written and books released (37Signals’ ReWork, Behance’s Making Ideas Happen, etc.) that have the latest and greatest in “ideapreneurship” (and we highly recommend both), but they aren’t as brutally honest as they could be. They’re telling you what has worked for them, and [...]

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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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10 Ways to Get Rid of Talented People

10 Ways to Get Rid of Talented People

Leaders have the option of attracting talent or repelling talented people. There is no “status quo“. Here’s a list of the top 10 things that repel talent. 1. Try to Control Them It’s a fact. Revolutionaries cannot be controlled. You can only hope that they’re on your side when the battle begins. Want to push [...]

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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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Dethroning Content as King

As soon as you read the title of this post, you thought of Chris Brogan’s post with a similar title. My starting point is the same. But my conclusion is different. Why? Because while content isn’t King, you aren’t King (or Queen) either. So here’s a question: What’s the number one rule of social media? [...]

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Proactive Leadership

So many times we as leaders are caught on our heels, either waiting for the next big thing or responding to what another company or individual (usually our competition) is doing. In general, and usually disguised as “waiting for inspiration”, we wait too much. We are too often on the defensive, instead of taking our movement [...]

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Is Your Business Innovative?

This past week, CEO Joe, my coworker, and myself were wrapping up the day at the office, and my coworker piped up: “Do you guys realize that there is no one within 100 miles doing what we’re doing here? No one. That’s exciting.” And he’s right. The things we’re doing, and capable of doing, you’d [...]

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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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Leaders: Trust Your Talent

In another capacity other than my job here at Datagroup, I lead a non-profit organization. In another workplace, I have followed average management. Here at Datagroup, and as far as I can tell, the leader (soon to be famous CEO Joe) here is a great manager of people. So what I have learned from these [...]

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