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All decisions as to what is qualified to appear in Business Hub are made solely in the judgment of Business Hub management and are final. Welcome to Business Hub.
  1. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    The Unvarnished Truth about Leadership (Part 2)
    The Unvarnished Truth about Leadership (Part 2)Are you a good leader? In Part One I gave you the backstory of how I became qualified to talk about leadership with some authority. In this post, I outline what I feel are the necessary elements of good leadership. Bear in mind, these elements or...
  2. ProducerRoman Rudnik

    Roman Rudnik

    5 common landing-page image mistakes
    5 common landing-page image mistakesBeautiful women always attract attention. Beautiful cars make passers-by turn and look. Beautifully packaged sells goods faster. Appearance is always the first thing to impress us. And what kind of first impression does your landing page design...


    Phil Friedman
    04/09/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    There's advice and, then, there's ADVICE worth taking. The latter is rare. But this is an instance of advice worth paying attention to. Check this out. You'll be glad you did. (Sharing in Business Hub Hive).
  3. ProducerZacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    Some Thoughts on the Ability to Commit and Its Value in Business
    Some Thoughts on the Ability to Commit and Its Value in BusinessRecently I've been thinking about this topic and read an article praising the ability to commit over willpower, as a strategy to make an impactful change in your life. I figured that perhaps this has other benefits, ones that are more relevant...


    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    03/09/2017 #3 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    #2 Indeed! Over committing is a modern phenomenon that can be quite corrosive in all kinds of relationships, especially in business.
    Harvey Lloyd
    03/09/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    Commitment establishes a trust relationship whereby one person is committing time, skill or intelligence to another. You did "nail it" we should respect that trust

    I think in today's society we over commit and trust is elusive as we can't follow through. We should consider our commitments as valuable and as part of development of a strong network based on trust.

    Great thoughts
    Pascal Derrien
    03/09/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Being able to commit is a sign of respect you nailed it there :-)
  4. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business… Sometimes gaining co-operation is tough
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business… Sometimes gaining co-operation is toughThis is the answer to the sixth question in a ten question collaborative series being posted by Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards. To see the list of original questions, check this link. If you would like to catch up, here are the answers...


    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    02/09/2017 #8 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #6 Thanks, Phil, and thanks for sharing this post.
    Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    01/09/2017 #7 Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    A very complete and detailed publication, Renée & Graham.
    What do you think of the innovative management of Ricardo Semler?
    Personally, I think it's a very motivating and productive approach.
    Best regards!
    Phil Friedman
    01/09/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier says, "Get employees to contribute ideas to help solve problems"

    Yes! Many years ago, when I was living and working in Canada, I met a fellow who was a trouble shooter for Exxon Oil. He would go to Cracking Plants when the stacks were not putting out the correct fuels from the crude oil input. He gave me this bit of advice, which I have carried with me for more than twenty years: When you're looking for a solution it is critical to gain the buy-in of those who will be implementing the solution, for when you have buy-in, those people will MAKE the solution work.

    Lots of great advice in this series. Cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/09/2017 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/09/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #3 That's the plan, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian! Yes, being laid back allows your people to feel empowered rather than suffocated.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    01/09/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    You guys should assemble these posts into an eBook once you're done.

    To be honest, I was with @Graham🐝 Edwards on this one. I thought the question was silly. I rarely had an employee who didn't do what was asked of him/her.

    Reading further, and looking back, I realized that the few times where it did happen was more due to me than the employee. It's important that people know the why behind the request. What's obvious to management may not be to others. Also, how can people align themselves with goals they don't know?

    I have a laid-back, very open management style. Maybe that's why this was so seldom an issue.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/09/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank for sharing, @David B. Grinberg
  5. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    The Keys To Surviving & Thriving In The Next Decade
    The Keys To Surviving & Thriving In The Next DecadeWhen you build your consultancy around the firm belief you can help your clients change their thinking for the better, it just stands to reason you should explain yourself doesn’t it?This post outlines what we believe and why we believe that in...


    Phil Friedman
    02/09/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    #4 Yes, @Charlene Norman, you're correct -- it's all a-boot pronunciation, especially in the Tranna area. 😂
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    02/09/2017 #6 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Didn't someone say the truth will set you free @Charlene Norman... I swear I heard that somewhere... lol... enjoy the long weekend because come Tuesday the world gets busy...
    Charlene Norman
    02/09/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    #3 thank you Graham. It feels kinda good to finally get all the truths inside set free at last.
    Charlene Norman
    02/09/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    #2 hey thank you Mr @Phil Friedman. Spelling is for kids, how about that pronunciation thing? We could start on THAT one --- fairly easy no? LOL
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    01/09/2017 #3 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Great stuff!!!
    Phil Friedman
    01/09/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Nice piece. Nice website. Great message. You and @Jim Murray make a dynamic duo. I am signing up for your email "Think Pieces". Notwithstanding your insistence of Canadian spelling. Cheers!
    Charlene Norman
    01/09/2017 #1 Charlene Norman
    It might have my name on it, but this was most definitely a collaborative piece between both of us. Guess which one of us is the Dylan fan!
  6. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    How to Beat Back Your Fear
    How to Beat Back Your FearFear is incessant; it makes us lazy, robbing us of many different assets. One of the things I do is help people overcome their fears and get on with their lives. EXCEPT, I can't use those words or phrases. Instead, I use phrases like, I can help...


    Charlene Norman
    23/08/2017 #27 Charlene Norman
    #26 Mr @Phil Friedman It is incredibly difficult to argue with a person who uses one of my favourite P words AND provides a picture to boot. ROFL. I find your brilliance beguiling.
    Phil Friedman
    23/08/2017 #26 Phil Friedman
    #25 Oh Ms. @Charlene Norman, I understand, believe me I do.

    What concerns me about the use of terms that express unrestrained optimism is that it can lead to genuinely damaging some people. Consider the expression, "You can do anything you set your mind to do."

    The fact is you can't. I have a younger cousin who once set her mind on flying. Put on a superman cape and jumped off the top of a staircase into mid air. Luckily she was very young at the time, the stairs and the floor were heavily padded and carpeted, and she suffered only minor injuries. But the incident illustrates the importance of understanding reality and not being either overly fearful and time OR being overly and unrealistically optimistic.

    Again, this is as important in business as it is in life in general: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/avoid-the-pitfall-of-excessive-positivity
    Charlene Norman
    23/08/2017 #25 Charlene Norman
    #24 Oh Mr. @Phil Friedman.

    How I miss the days of being black and white. While I agree with the concept of developing the ability to assess what one needs to be afraid of and what one does not need to be afraid of, I have found many folks don't share that opinion. And I have given up (in most cases) trying to change minds because frankly, it is just a waste of my energy. Instead, I start from where they begin and try to nudge them forward.

    No, I am not always successful with this approach but surprisingly, even to me, it is more effective than trying to convince them of the errors in their thinking patterns. Besides, I find when it comes to matters of the brain, I am generally wrong in the words I choose. Not in the ideas or thoughts. Just the words I choose. And that is a very humbling lesson.
    Phil Friedman
    22/08/2017 #24 Phil Friedman
    @Charlene Norman, not to put too fine a point on it, I believe that Lance is off-base when he says, "F.E.A.R. is an illusion. Something we fabricate in our own minds and pretend is real."

    Fear is often real, even when the "object" of that fear is very often not. But to deny reality to peoples' emotions is akin to taking drugs. What is necessary is to develop the ability the assess what one needs to be afraid of and what one doesn't. And that is just as true in business as it is in life in general. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2017 #23 Anonymous
    #22 Cheers.
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #22 Charlene Norman
    thank you for the share @Milos Djukic. Cheers
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #21 Charlene Norman
    #20 yup. He is making my opinions even more stark these days. Gotta watch that eh? :))
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/08/2017 #20 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #19 You may have been hanging around the MurMeister (@Jim Murray) a little too much with that talk of 2x4s;)
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #19 Charlene Norman
    #18 Thank you for the share and thank you for the additions @Don 🐝 Kerr. I find them all fascinating and very true. I will use them when next I teach. Although to be fair, I prefer to stick to the really practical stuff that I can beat in with a 2 by 4. Much easier that way. LOL
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/08/2017 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Charlene Norman There's a couple of really valuable lessons that we learn in mindfulness meditation that are relevant here. The first is this: thoughts are not facts. Too often we allow ourselves to ruminate on thoughts that have very little to do with the reality of our situation. We allow past failures to fester or over-inflate past achievements and wonder why we're not achieving the same results today. Or we spend useless moments allowing thoughts to cloud our vision of the future or indulge in ridiculous, unattainable fantasies that our brains try to trick us into believing. Focusing on the present moment allows us to clear our minds and address things which we really can manage. The second is this: Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote "You can't tame the waves but you can learn to surf." His meaning here is that avoiding (because we're fearful?) adversity in our lives we get swept away. Turning toward adversity, recognizing our fears as factual is the only way to effectively put them in hand, examine them and address them with relevant action. We also refer to this as employing C.O.A.L. Confront fear with Curiosity. Be Open to what the reality is. Accept that they are present. Come to Love what they represent. Will share. Well done.
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #17 Charlene Norman
    Thank you for the shares @Javier 🐝 beBee :)
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #16 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    Charlene, I agree with your,

    "Today I say everyone needs a good jolt of fear to face down."

    The challenges bring us opportunities to shine and thrive.
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #15 Charlene Norman
    #13 Thank you Tracey. I always err on the side of practical. LOL
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #14 Charlene Norman
    #12 WOW! @Lance 🐝 Scoular How brave to do a Live feed on such a raw experience. I was riding shotgun with you on the entire emotional roller coaster. Thank you. I have a few sayings ... 'everything is temporary -- the good, the bad and the ugly' "it is never as bad as it seems' 'we always have options' 'we never know how inspiring we are to others'. I think each and every one of those sayings applies to your very important lessons that you are trying to teach here. (I can't speak about the teachings of the live buzz feed. LOL) And it is soo true, the biggest fear we have is when we are gobsmacked with real life and death stuff or something important we can't solve with our loved ones. And then our whole perspective changes. And changes dramatically.

    My moment of reckoning came in Feb 2015 when I faced near death and two strokes felled me. I was scared silly I would never be the main breadwinner again, would never be the smart and sassy person my husband married, and would instead just be a vegetative lump. The power of the brain is truly remarkable. We all have the power to outstanding. A bit of hard freaking work, a positive can do attitude and the sky is the limit for pretty much anything. Today I say everyone needs a good jolt of fear to face down. At least once. People think I am crazy. Nope. Not at all.

    And it was wonderful to hear your accent too. It has been ages since I heard a good Aussie accent. The perfect way to start my morning. Thanks Lance.
    Tracey Sweetland
    22/08/2017 #13 Tracey Sweetland
    Thank you for sharing. A very useful read.
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #12 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    My recent relevant Live Buzz...
    My Worst Night Ever: Fear is a Liar!
    Runtime 21:44 min
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #11 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #10 📈🖐back at you @Charlene Norman
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #10 Charlene Norman
    #7 Lance my dear. My favourite emotive user! How are you? Thank you for sharing and buzzing for me. And you are so, so right. High fives my friend
    Charlene Norman
    22/08/2017 #9 Charlene Norman
    #6 Thank you kind sir. Much appreciated!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    22/08/2017 #8 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲
  7. Jeff Halfen

    Jeff Halfen

    I saw Phil's article about profit versus cash, and was reminded that I never shared this article with the Bees. I think it's decent fodder for the Business Hubbers.
    Jeff Halfen
    If Cash is King, You'd Better Get Your Ass Off the Throne!
    www.linkedin.com We have all read countless articles about how we learn from failure and it makes us stronger, and therefore the more we fail, the greater we...


    Jeff Halfen
    22/08/2017 #4 Jeff Halfen
    #3 Thank you Charlene. That is very kind of you to say.
    Charlene Norman
    21/08/2017 #3 Charlene Norman
    And I can think of a few other hives this well-written piece would do well in too Jeff. Extremely well-written,. Precise and to the (many pertinent) points..
    Phil Friedman
    12/08/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Good to hear from you Jeff. I, for one, have missed your wry humor. Sharing on Business Hub. Cheers!
  8. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business: Let’s talk about planning
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business: Let’s talk about planningThis is the answer to the third question in a ten question collaborative series being posted by Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards. To see the list of original questions, check this link. If you would like to catch up, here are the answers to...


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/08/2017 #25 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #8 As Jackie Gleason would say: And How SWEEEET it is!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/08/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #8 I'm glad Tweetpack exists, it's been SO helpful!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #23 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Oh, and thanks for sharing this, @Phil Friedman!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #22 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #16 Well said, my friend!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #21 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #14 Yes. I do the same. I use beBee as my main blogging platform and post links all over social media. I get better results that way, although I noticed not as many leads from LI in the last couple of years.
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #20 Phil Friedman
    #16 I understand and agree, @Graham🐝 Edwards. However, if that is the message, perhaps the titles need adjusting. Say, to: "Psychic Synchronization With the Movement of the Earth's Molten Core Can Pay Off Bigtime in Small-Business". Just thinking out loud. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #19 Phil Friedman
    #15 Pablo> "The platform does not dictate the conversation. On beBee we can talk about anything, business included."

    That is true, Paul, we can talk about anything. However, all other comparative factors held constant, the demographics of the audience will greatly affect the nature and magnitude of any response. And how much energy one devotes to publishing on any given platform depends, IMO, on one's objective. Mine is not to find a couple or half a dozen other business people with whom to shoot the sh#t. I can do that more effectively via email. My objective is to reach the broadest possible audience of existing and would-be serious small-business people. For fun and profit, obviously. Cheers!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/08/2017 #18 Graham🐝 Edwards
    A thanks was also meant for you.... still learning this "social media" think... haha
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/08/2017 #16 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #12 Wait, wait, wait... are you saying the earth's molten core has an effect on my happiness, spirit, well being and the way I wake up in the morning? This is way too cool and I think I need a plan to take advantage of it. : )
    I agree that this topic matter has a business flavour that may not directly resonate with all people but I also hope that people understand that many of these questions and answers are transferable to almost anything... The "questions" we are discussing can transfer to how to get the dream job, how to get on the sports team, etc, etc, etc... particularly planning because nothing anyone does will happen successfully without a plan.
    I'm also reminded of Gary Vaynerchuk's video 1 > 0 and I am ecstatic that the four of us are engaging in a conversation — because you never know where it may lead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fsYWXrGGcE
    Thanks @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

    I also agree with your statement Phil and I hope everyone reads it and they can substitute the word "business" for whatever they want to achieve...

    "But the primary purpose of a business plan is as a tool for organizing clearly one's thoughts about what a given business is and how it will or should be organized and operated."

    Thanks so much!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #15 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #12 #13 The platform does not dictate the conversation. On beBee we can talk about anything, business included.

    A conversation involves more than one person and can go in any direction they deem fit. No one here will bitch. For example, here's a logic puzzle for you, Phil. (LOL auto-correct keeps trying to change "puzzle" to "pizzle." The LI police are everywhere.)

    In feudal Japan, 10 ronin were captured and slated for execution. Their captor was a playful (or mentally cruel) sort. He gave them a chance.

    The next day they would each wear either a blue cap or a red cap. Any ronin who could say what color cap he wore would be free to go. Cap colors were not evenly distributed. Each ronin could only say one word, "Red" or "Blue."

    They devised a strategy with a 95% survival rate.

    What was that strategy?
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 I agree. Which is why I post Update notices and links on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter back to my business-related beBee articles. For although I prefer the beBee publisher, LinkedIn is where I've found the vast majority of consulting leads and gigs that are directly traceable to my social media activity. As you know it's important to pay attention to communications. And, I would add, to the demographics of a given SM platform. (See, here comes the nasty intrusion of business considerations creeping in, again.) Cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #13 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #10 Yes, I would say you are right. I find my non-business posts tend to do better, with the exception of posts on communication tactics, but they can be useful to anyone, anywhere.
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #11 Pablo> " An advantage everyone has is no advantage at all."

    Bingo! A bullseye, for sure, Paul. As soon as a capability that imbues a user with a "competitive edge" becomes widespread, it loses its value in giving a user a competitive advantage. It then becomes the basis for blackmail, that is, you need to use my product or you'll be competitively trampled by the thousands who do.

    From the producer's standpoint, it becomes a matter of managing distribution over the course of the product cycle. Add new (free) users early to create an irresistible tsunami of use (use it or drown)? Or constrain distribution to a level of reasonable exclusivity and retain the competitive advantage that use of the product conveys? My own instincts say the correct choice depends on how difficult or easy it is to create a competing product. For exclusivity can only be maintained via patent protection or if effective duplication is way too difficult or expensive.

    But @Renée 🐝 Cormier, now you see Paul and me discussing a genuine business issue. Which no doubt interests the two of us, you and Graham, and a few others, but not, I suspect, very many on beBee. Perhaps, we would generate more attention, if we focused instead on the spiritual effect that the rotation of the Earth's molten core has on the maintenance of Yin, Yang, and the balance of psychic energy in the Universe, and how to face every day reminding ourselves that the past is gone and we are presented each morning with unlimited possibilities to become Social Entrepreneurs and CEOs of companies that will bring love and peace to the world, whilst making us inconceivably wealthy and non-materialistic.

    Sorry, I sometimes get carried away dreaming of my magical fire-engine red Ferrari. Cheers!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #11 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #10 If anything, the talking to investors etc is the secondary purpose of a business plan. myTweetPack has no investors (other than me) and I see no need for such at the moment. I would consider co-development depending on who offers. I have already turned down two buyouts.

    Yet, myTweetPack does have a business plan. I reread it every Saturday morning and give myself a grade. I adjust it as needed. I even added a "How to evaluate co-development and buyouts" section. Better to have your thoughts clearly set out in advance rather than winging it when stuff happens.

    Too many business plans gather dust once financing is in place. I don't believe a business plan is ever finished. There are always new offshoots, new thoughts, new unforeseen things. As new stuff pops up or is thought of, it gets added.

    I also have a loosely connected "advisory board." Right now, we're arguing about whether we should create a free version to build membership more rapidly. I'm not big on that idea.

    1 - I doubt that free members can be migrated to paid memberships in any significant manner.
    2 - A large influx of free memberships will tax server resources with no commensurate revenue increase. Even using free accounts to promote the platform will likely just draw more free users.
    3 - And this is the big one: One of the major points to the plan was to limit access. myTweetPack is meant to give its members a marked advantage. An advantage everyone has is no advantage at all. I don't want a gazillion members. Heck, I don't even want 5,000.
    Phil Friedman
    09/08/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #7 Graham > "Plan format may depend on your audience... "

    Most small-business people I've met think of a Business Plan as a document for use in talking to lenders, investors, and other perceived potential sources of capital inflow.

    But the primary purpose of a business plan is as a tool for organizing clearly one's thoughts about what a given business is and how it will or should be organized and operated.

    @Renée 🐝 Cormier, my experience is you will find minimal interest expressed here on beBee about real business planning issues because there are very few, if any real small-business people actively on the platform. True, there is a plethora of would-be entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and CEOs, but... almost no indication that many, if any are actually involved or interested in the nitty-gritty of operating a small business. Instead, I suspect, there are very few serious small-business or would-be small-business people on beBee at this time. Based on my experience with my business-related posts. Cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #9 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #8 Yes, that does happen. I'm glad you managed to get a pro[per plan written. You will be very successful, I am sure. Did you know you can access federal government grants for innovation, hiring young tech and a whole bunch of other stuff? See my post on Question 2 for the link.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    It's perfectly OK for a business to start from scribbles on the back of a napkin. It's NOT okay to continue that way.

    myTweetPack started as a teeny-weeny little web app to help @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher View more
    It's perfectly OK for a business to start from scribbles on the back of a napkin. It's NOT okay to continue that way.

    myTweetPack started as a teeny-weeny little web app to help @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and @Pamela 🐝 Williams write "click to tweet" links. It wasn't supposed to be a business at all.

    As more people joined and as they asked for more features, the business grew organically. More accurately, it graduated from a hobby to a business. That's when the planning kicked in. In hindsight, I should have written a business plan at the outset. In my defense, I didn't set out to build a business.

    That slight has been rectified. Sometimes businesses insist on being born. Close
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2017 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 Coming.... I shared it to my Reading List. Now, I'm about to read this
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/08/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for the share, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. I am the only person making comments on my post. Hmmm.
  9. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…A Blog Series By:   Renée Cormier & Graham Edwards Graham — We sat in a trendy bakery enjoying lunch, and as always our conversation turned to business, opportunities, and the dynamics of transitioning a business in the current business...


    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    07/08/2017 #14 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing @Danish Charles. Two answers to the questions have been posted so far. This week we will answer #3. Here are the links. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@renee-cormier/questions-to-help-you-mind-your-business-question-sharp-1
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    06/08/2017 #13 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thnaks for sharing, @John White, MBA
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    06/08/2017 #12 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    Great collaboration between @Renée 🐝 Cormier and @Graham🐝 Edwards for a great series.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    Part Two: Agreed @Renée 🐝 Cormier and @Graham🐝 Edwards! It's not just the question, but the right one to answer your needs. If I may humbly suggest, it is interesting to think of what word or words are used to ask the question. I lean towards the what, when, where, why and how. If you look at your list, 5 out of the 10 are how. You use where and why once. You use, do I need, twice and, should I, once. I think it would make for an interesting exercise if you replaced, do I need and should, with one of the w questions or how. For example: "Should I hire a sales person?" can be asked, "When would I need to hire a sales person?"; "Do I need a plan for my business?", can be asked, "What kind of business plan is best for me?"; "Do I need to be using social media and how much do I really need to do?", already has embedded in it the alternative, "How can I best utilize social media?". Thank you both. I am on my way to catch up with the other posts. Looking forward to following and sharing your series.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    Part One: I am so glad I came to see this and have not missed the opportunity to follow your series @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Brilliant! Kudos to you and @Graham🐝 Edwards! I hate feeling envious but I am totally green right now of the partnership the two of you have forged. This whole approach of bringing your diverse styles to answer the same question is very valuable for your readers. I am a big supporter of questions. Of course Socrates and Aristotle used questions to teach and learn. Einstein said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning." You're main question, and the premise to this work, is right on, "“Do you think people ask themselves the right questions...?" (Please see Part Two)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    24/07/2017 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #6 Thanks, Kevin.
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/07/2017 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    I can vouch for this... A conversation between these two in a trendy cafe is well worth listening to... Looking forward to this series.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    23/07/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I'm really looking forward to this series!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    23/07/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thnaks for sharing @David B. Grinberg. :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    23/07/2017 #3 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you for sharing this @Javier 🐝 beBee.
  10. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    The Interview
    The InterviewSeveral years ago, I was trying to land a job in the training department of a large corporation. The economy at the time was not the greatest, so training gigs of any kind were hard to come by. I did manage to secure an interview with a company...


    Lynne Black
    05/08/2017 #41 Lynne Black
    #28 Agree.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    05/08/2017 #40 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #38 You may be right, there, @Martin Wright!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    05/08/2017 #39 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #37 Ha! No, that's a stock photo and I have a more substantial leg, although it is by no means ugly.
    Martin Wright
    05/08/2017 #38 Martin Wright
    Hate to say this, you were doomed the moment you walked into a room of HR women. You probably looked better than they ever could.

    If you had gone for a dronk with them afterwards the order would have been 1 vodka and tonic and 6 saucers of milk.
    Paul Walters
    05/08/2017 #37 Paul Walters
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier I take it those are your legs in the pic? I am a sucker for women in high heels... The way to most mens hearts is through their stomach. me, I would go hungry just to watch fabulous woman in heels... just saying !!!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    05/08/2017 #36 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I love high heels! I think that all "high-heels lovers" have experienced the similar embarrassing episode on different occasions. Once, just before a meeting, I glued my shoes with the transparent adhesive tape around the foot because the straps snapped. In my case, it wasn't a bad omen. I laughed to myself and my taped shoe, but no one else noticed.
    Thanks for the great story, Renée. No matter how bad situation seems, we should try to find something good in it.
    Sandra Smith
    04/08/2017 #35 Sandra Smith
    Great story. Too many smug a holes in the world.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #34 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #30 I agree completely, John. I'd prefer to work with a bunch of men any day. There have been a few groups of women I have worked with where everyone was mostly kind, but unfortunately, many women are terribly competitive and nasty to each other. I also agree with your observations about talent selection. There is a lot of focus on mistakes. I think that is because they actually don't really want to hire anyone for fear of making a mistake themselves.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #33 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #32 Ouch! Before I got into training , I was a teacher of English as a Second Language and taught to newcomers to Canada. One of my favorite personal activities in those days was speed skating, so one night I was skating and at the end of the night while they were taking the markers off the ice, I thought I would enjoy a nice fast skate and be one of the last people off the ice. Well, I hit a pick in the ice and went flying into the boards. The next day I went to school with a fat lip, a black eye and a swollen cheek. I looked like hell in my designer suit that day!
    Shelley Brown
    04/08/2017 #32 Shelley Brown
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier I love this story!!!! So fun. I have had crazy stuff happen before presentations as well. Example - Yahoo Corporate Offices, clunked my forehead on the rental car for and walked in gushing blood which also happened to be all over my dress :(. You are way to cool and chic for the librarians and school teachers.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/08/2017 #31 Sara Jacobovici
    #26 Well said @Renée 🐝 Cormier! Thanks!
    John Prpich
    04/08/2017 #30 John Prpich
    One thing I've learned about working for and working with women, they tend to be very tough on their own gender. My feeling is if this were a similar issue with a male, let's say his shoe fell apart, a room full of males wouldn't have even bothered paying attention, they would have shrugged it off. With the difficulty women have being considered equals into today's economy, you would want to believe that they'd be more supportive, but they are not. I've seen so many chat boards where women exclaim that they'd rather work for a man than a woman, that is not only unfortunate but a real shame. In this type of interview setting you often wonder what the goal is, to catch you doing things right, or to catch you doing things wrong, it's not a wonder that companies can't find talent, they are looking in the opposite direction. If you are ever interested in better understanding gender differences, I'd encourage anyone to read the works of Pat Heim, Ph.D.
    Numo Quest
    04/08/2017 #29 Numo Quest
    #27 Amen to that :o))
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #28 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #20 Gosh, Lynne, if you can't laugh, what can you do? Sometimes, that's the best option.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #27 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #19 Yes, indeed! Life is too short to spend being miserable. I prefer to choose happiness.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #26 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #18 That is exactly right, Sara. Here's another perspective for you. Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, things go sideways. We don't know why or what we are saved from in the unfolding of events, but you can be sure that however bad the situation seems, you are probably being directed toward something better.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #25 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #17 Hmm. There's a thee here! I think, in both cases, that our shoes must have been trying to tell us something. Maybe we should listen differently going forward. Thank you for sharing this post. Much appreciated.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #24 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #15 Good advice for the sensible, but who said I have any sense? :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #23 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #14 You're my soul sister! LOL Great story!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    04/08/2017 #22 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #13 Thank you, @Don 🐝 Kerr. Cojones is my middle name (after Marie). :)
  11. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    How to Choose Your Best Advisor
    How to Choose Your Best AdvisorOne of the most frequent questions we get is about choosing a good business advisor or coach.  Some days, it seems like an entire university has sprung up and is happily pumping out coaches and consultants.  Online and offline.  Churning out...


    Charlene Norman
    01/08/2017 #7 Charlene Norman
    #6 ROFL. Aleta, here is my logic. Once upon a time, someone much older than I told me it took twenty years to really learn one's craft. Then I was told it took twenty years to become an over night sensation. Then I learned it took twenty years to become skilled at anything and learn a bunch of life lessons. If we finish university in our early twenties, we start to mellow in our early forties. But we still need a few years to establish ourselves in our own businesses. That will take us to nearly fifty. (Assuming we stick to one thing.)

    Sure, there are some folks who can be ready to be advisors before they are fifty, but not too many. And as you say, in not too many industries. Before fifty, most of us are focussed on ourselves, our families, our mortgages, our own worlds. It is (generally) once we hit fifty that reality hits us. We have a health crisis, the kids leave the nest, the main financial issues are done, one or both parents pass, we start to think about legacies and leaving our knowledge for others. In other words, we think about really helping mankind. Despite the fact that all humans feel special and unique, all humans go on this trip.

    I too have met a few folks who could be great advisors at less than 50 years old. They simply lacked the patience to pull it out of me at the time. (And that 'pulling it out of us' is more than half the job when the relationship is right. )

    Love your analogy of box of chocolates. Indeed.
    Aleta Curry
    01/08/2017 #6 Aleta Curry
    'Do not choose someone who is not over fifty years old.' Had to read that one twice. Feel like buying you a box of chocolates. Although I think a little younger is probably okay in some industries.
    Charlene Norman
    01/08/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    #2 Thank you Whitney. You are so right!
    Charlene Norman
    01/08/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    #1 Interesting point Phil. As a matter of fact, I constantly say, "a real advisor keeps their identity secret and so should you. It is your secret only. No one needs to know how you come to your genius. Ever." You are correct. I should have included that too.
    Phil Friedman
    01/08/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    #2 I agree entirely with you, @Whitney Raver. Youthfulness is not, in itself, a handicap. Indeed, youthful vigor and a fresh outlook are valuable assets. However, that should not be confused with a total disregard for the value of relevant experience -- something that too many "younger" people engage in, especially on social media. Just because on social media someone can, with a few keystrokes, add the title if "guru" or "ninja" or "expert" to his or her resume, that does not make that person such. Cheers!
    Whitney Raver
    01/08/2017 #2 Whitney Raver
    This is an excellent list, thank you for sharing. I would add, particularly for youth, Do not choose someone who berates or tolerates the generalized berating of your age group. Something we have to watch out for that's generally overlooked.
    Phil Friedman
    01/08/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    OMG, @Charlene Norman, are you actually suggesting that hard, relevant experience is something to be sought in a business coach or advisor? What a novel -- and un-Millennial -- idea that is.

    Seriously, there is one point I am moved to add. Do not hire someone who is not prepared to work on what I call a "transparent" basis. What does that mean? Well, a good coach or advisor or consultant is never visible and never leaves any tracks. His or her focus is on YOU and YOUR BUSINESS, not on using you as a case study on the basis of which to close the next gig.

    Good solid advice here... from someone who is obviously well experienced. Thanks for raising the bar. And cheers!
  12. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…
    Questions to Help You Mind Your Business…A Blog Series by Graham Edwards and Renée CormierGraham — We sat in a trendy bakery enjoying lunch, and as always our conversation turned to business, opportunities, and the dynamics of transitioning a business in the current business climate. This...


    Phil Friedman
    25/07/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    #12 You know, Graham, I actually thought about that. But "The Beast and Beauty" just didn't flow right. :-)
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #14 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #8 Thx @Jerry Fletcher... I think it will be fun.... let us know how we are doing and jump in anytime...
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #13 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #7 Thx @Don 🐝 Kerr. Pls let us know how we are doing....
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #12 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #6 Thanks @Phil Friedman... just once I would like to get first billing... but then again it is best to go with ones strengths... lol. Pls jump in as this unfolds!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #11 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #5 Thanks @Charlene Norman... it should be "something" alright... hahaha
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #10 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thx for the comment @Gert Scholtz... yes I think we will have some fun with this for sure. I hope everyone joins in....
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/07/2017 #9 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Oh don't kid yourself @Renée 🐝 Cormier we are competing of the best answers and I need all the help I can get... lol. This will be fun !
    Jerry Fletcher
    23/07/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    Renee and Graham, This looks like it will be fun, educational and a joy to read.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    23/07/2017 #7 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Good on ya! Look forward to your teachings.
    Phil Friedman
    23/07/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    I personally love the format concept and, in this case, the star actors, Beauty and the Handyman. Seriously, best of luck with what I am sure will prove to be fun. Let 'er rip!!
    Charlene Norman
    23/07/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    this should be interesting. Shared for higher visibility.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    22/07/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #3 Thanks, Gert. We are looking forward to it!
    Gert Scholtz
    22/07/2017 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier @Graham🐝 Edwards This promises to be an interesting series! From your posts it does appear that you think differently. A recipe for lively and insightful posts.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    22/07/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    I like how you put your name first. LOL
  13. ProducerDave Worthen

    Dave Worthen

    Transparency is the New Gobbledygook
    Transparency is the New GobbledygookYes, Gobbledygook is an actual word.  Its origin came from a Congressman in 1944 named Maury Maverick. Maverick told his colleagues to speak plain English and “stay off the gobbledygook language,” which was basically congressmen using...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/09/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This is great @Dave Worthen. I'm going to share a story that I've always found funny.

    Many people who work in healthcare have to have a good sense of humor and it can be warped at times. One day a co-worker and I were chatting (forget what the subject matter was) anyhow, our supervisor joined in and the gal I was talking to had a warped sense of humor and I loved it. She told our supervisor that she would get sphincter spasms when she was stressed. Our supervisor said, OMG I thought I was the only one, I get sphincter spasms a lot when I'm stressed out. My co-worker was just kidding. My supervisor was serious. We laughed until we had tears. Our supervisor never knew it was a joke and that we laughed so hard after she walked away.

    i miss those days, we had many great times considering we were so busy. I worked in the Lab at that time and have so many good memories aside from sphincter spasms LOL.
    Dave Worthen
    21/07/2017 #12 Dave Worthen
    Thanks, @Kevin Pashuk!
    Kevin Pashuk
    21/07/2017 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    Love this post Dave! You may use your sphincter if you wish as an indicator of "transparency", but I'll stick to my trusty Male Bovine Fecal Matter Detector...
    Dave Worthen
    21/07/2017 #10 Dave Worthen
    Thank you very much @Charlene Norman It is as you say, a huge freaking problem, which is why I wrote the article. It is actually pretty wild what still goes on under the heading of transparency. Thanks very much for your comments here!
    Charlene Norman
    20/07/2017 #9 Charlene Norman
    This is an absolutely brilliant read. @Lupita 🐝 Reyes excitedly sent it to me. Now I totally understand why. Thank you Lupita and thank you to Dave for shining the candid spot light on a freaking huge problem. And as one of your friendly northern neighbours, may I say, it is not just a business culture issue? Apparently, it is in the government too these days. Egads!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    19/07/2017 #7 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🐳🔥🚲
    Dave Worthen
    18/07/2017 #6 Dave Worthen
    Thank you very much, @Lupita 🐝 Reyes!
    Dave Worthen
    18/07/2017 #5 Dave Worthen
    Thanks, @Aaron 🐝 Skogen ! Your comment is spot on. It's why I wrote the article. Let's just pull the curtain back for real.
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    18/07/2017 #4 Aaron 🐝 Skogen

    Nice Buzz @Dave Worthen, and thanks for having the cojones to call it out. Far too much gobbledygook in business blurring the vision. The wicked insult is that those really crazy smart people are often looked at like they have two heads, and unfortunately those are the same messengers that still get killed. Why? For calling out the elephant in the room, or placing the sacred cow on the alter, or whatever euphemism we use for lifting the veil. . . Is "business" ready?
    Lupita 🐝 Reyes
    18/07/2017 #3 Lupita 🐝 Reyes
    All CEO's and companies want just one thing: The Truth!!!
    Do you know what really crazy smart people hate? They hate when something smells like, looks like, sounds like transparency and it’s not.
    A MUST read by @Dave Worthen View more
    All CEO's and companies want just one thing: The Truth!!!
    Do you know what really crazy smart people hate? They hate when something smells like, looks like, sounds like transparency and it’s not.
    A MUST read by @Dave Worthen! Close
    Dave Worthen
    18/07/2017 #2 Dave Worthen
    Thanks, Sue! @Sue Bryan
    Sue Bryan
    18/07/2017 #1 Sue Bryan
    You nailed it @Dave Worthen. Thanks.
  14. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Changing Your Thinking As A Key To Business Growth
    Changing Your Thinking As A Key To Business GrowthThis post was inspired by a project that we are currently involved in where the necessity of the business owner and her staff to change their thinking is going to be critical to their long term success. An important part of the...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    11/07/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    This is the kind of brand focus and business purpose that I enjoy hearing about. It makes "Bulletproof" come alive and that is the most essential part of any business startup, that it begins with founder value, then the foundation and then builds from there. It is clear you understand the value Bulletproof provides to your customers and at the same time you are successfully nurturing the "Bulletproof" brand. Kudos to you both, I look forward to seeing Bulletproof evolve as a business as this process keeps on unfolding like this.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/07/2017 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Among my clients, the one thing they bring to the table that is in common is change. The management consultant coaches his clients on how to find the change agents in their companies. The software guys built a product that allows a digital approach in what, up to now, has been an analog industry. The IT Consultants are preaching and delivering Digital Transformation. The Certified Financial Planner is transitioning his business to a model that provides services via smart phones. Reminds me fo a bumper sticker: Change or Rest In Peace.
    Jim Murray
    10/07/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #2 Thanks @Louise Smith. I'm sure Char will want to chekc that book out.
    Louise Smith
    10/07/2017 #2 Louise Smith
    This book with similar title to your post is the first therapy book I bought. I still love it and use the concepts all the time, even for business people!

    In Change Your Thinking psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations Explains how the use of CBT can help develop realistic thought patterns and gain a better response to upsetting emotions.
    Louise Smith
    10/07/2017 #1 Louise Smith
    Love the name Bullet Proof Consulting !
  15. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    Why Your Social  Media Does Not Work
    Why Your Social Media Does Not WorkI finally figured it out.  After much curiosity and study.  And yes after wasting nearly twenty thousand dollars of my own hard earned money.  I finally figured out why social media works for some and does not work for others.  I have proven it in...


    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    06/07/2017 #26 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #23 Thanks, it is only LinkedIn's facts that areshowcased in my profile, now when your reputation preceed you, you get so many opportunities per week that you have to funnel them or stream a recipe that can apply to many, startuppersnare so diverse that you have to find the greatest common denominator factor and post on a PaaS the right showecase that addres to the majority. My current assignements and involvements comes from that ability to foster strategies and find some applied mathematics models attached to it. Time does all the rest, everytime.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    06/07/2017 #24 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #16 That all depends on how you want to scale and the choice you make as to who you want to reach. It is the choice we make which pertains and this also applies to action.

    I might prefer mindful action, whereas another person prefer blitzkrieg action and even though Jim has a few choice opinions about LinkedIn, I have great respect for its founder Reid Hoffman and action in his book includes technology enabled blitzscaling. https://medium.com/cs183c-blitzscaling-class-collection as well as his thoughts about transformations in the human resource area as an alliance or at least about the meaning of work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTTz2VYyHjM

    If blitzkrieg action works for others that is a choice they have taken and Vaynerchuk also fits this huge scaled frame or mindset. Action for the sake of action is a recipe for burnout and so long as emotion is best tempered with reason., In the case of Reid Hoffman he operates at a scale where more emphasis on reason is required. Just because Vaynerchuk comes across as manic, the reasoning he applies is also at an abstract level, because the sheer scale of his particular enterprise demands that, but that is not our world that he lives in, it is a bubble with its own weird laws. We are not them, so long as we know who we are :-)

    A corner store or a mom & pop shop need more emphasis on emotional F2F - so scaling changes our choice. It is apples compared with apples since this is not one size fits all There are more interesting people than just Vaynerchuk and Hoffman which we can learn from at the local level, way more. My preference for mindful action means I do not even start from the perspective of work, but the perspective of home. Here the work that mothers and housewives have done is NEVER factored as work, so scale matters and once we understand our own scale, we can appreciate the value of any particular work.
    Charlene Norman
    06/07/2017 #23 Charlene Norman
    #20 wow! Top 3. I am impressed. He is somewhere in the US. I am not sure where .... they do things a bit differently in parts as I understand. Believe me, neither global strategy nor solutions nor professional skill sets were on the table. Dumb stuff ..... way down the food chain and better left for others seemed to be on his mind. I do not fight the trust and likeability factors they have for others. I merely go for efficiency and what we need to make happen soonest. (My own trust and likeability factors eventually win them over.)
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    06/07/2017 #22 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    20 000 $ budget, lol that is 4 cloud based account based marketing automation server reaching up to 20 millions social media users each in terms of switches , network load balencers from cisco, jumiper HP or brocade...so 20 K$ your social media networs has around 80 millions individuals that behaviors and relatives workflows are managed by a single SaaS server. I can't imagine the frustration of getting that into a counselling third party instead of a proactive asset that produce millions of dollars of transactions for you.
    Charlene Norman
    06/07/2017 #21 Charlene Norman
    Brilliant Stephan. Hey Phil! Can you hook all of us business types up with Yacht networking events ... we ALL need to practice the Stephan Metral method until we can do it perfectly. And I can help Stephan license it and get you some publicity so that you both make some extra pocket change too. LOL.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    06/07/2017 #20 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #18 lol @Charlene Norman i loved your post, couldn't refrain to comment with the basics on spending a dollar. Really, mentors getting paid, where? i need to black list them hahaha. i am with Everwise NYC mentors organization with more than 5000 international mentors, i rank in top 3. Mentoring is a pro bono activity, which is different from coaching. A mentor goes global strategy and showecases solutions based on observed facts...while coaches get paid to optimize one compartiment at a time of your profesional skills set. Now mentors can be invited to join comoanies boards...never seen a coach getting that yet.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    06/07/2017 #19 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    One of the best social IRL networking event i attend, it might please Phil Friedman, was on a Yacht, you have a great concentration on VIPs on board usually, remember to observe the gentlemen etiquette, don't talk about business, talk about affinities and passions, be a entertaining story tellers, the n let the attendance be you best PR an introduce you to others. If it happens that you "connect" with some refer them to a cone tion they might be in the need of (referals) or invite them to your next social event. Do that yourself. Save your budget for your brand building. No one else can do that for you.
    Charlene Norman
    06/07/2017 #18 Charlene Norman
    #17 Bingo! 1 million percent true! I cannot say it better than that Stephan. Thank you. I am bowing or curtseying or whatever gesture conveys deep respect.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    06/07/2017 #17 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Customers are not on social media connections and rarely on 1st degree connection or 2nd layers. At time 0 a prospect is in your 3rd layer audience. After 28 years of business experience ibserving the networking transitions, it seems that Social media try hard to replace, social events, like restaurants, cocktails, theaters, Opera, Golf, Sport events, locall fairs, what we call in french Aperitif - open bar , bring-a-friend cocktails or barbecues for 20-30 by the pool side, etc...Your best customers are people you don't know and they used to don't know you, adding younto their social network is a matter of affinity. My best clients ain't part of my LinkedIn's, Twitter or FB. We meet IRL, in real life.
    Charlene Norman
    06/07/2017 #16 Charlene Norman
    #15 very true Manjit. Very true. And his constant message is -- wait for it -- action. Take Action. Get away from the computer and take action. Not do more damn social media. Which I find very refreshing! Get in front of and talk to the customer. Even listen to him egg his audience in try to sell me on why you belong on my team, why I should buy your product. It is all emotion and F2F. LOL
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    06/07/2017 #15 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 I look it at this way, the biggest social media star is arguably Gary Vaynerchuk and he has built a business of specialists so the actual brass tacks and weight of social media projects are carried out by them, while Vaynerchuk who may seem to moving 100 miles per hour but once you see his workstyle, he is an absolutely incredible sales person and his blitzscaling business comes down to one thing, he knows how to sell

    There is also a difference between people doing client touch and who are used to face-to-face business and the market that Vaynerchuk is interested in. It is shocking that people can set up a social media store without any feel for a particular market and the day-to-day realities of everyday business owners. That is why social media works for some and not for others.

    That is also why so many parodies now have been produced because the humour draws from this emerging reality, and like any emerging new thing, hucksters, opportunists and snake oil peddlers will take advantage of ignorance before the market settles and actually begins to understand what it is actually buying, if not who is selling it.

    Onion Sketch on Social Media

    Social Media Revolution

    John Oliver calling out Hashtag Faux Pas

    AND there is plenty more where that comes from, but let me leave the last word to Gary Vaynerchuk

    Social Media Experts are Clowns - Opinion from Gary Vaynerchuk
    Charlene Norman
    06/07/2017 #14 Charlene Norman
    @David B. Grinberg Thanks for your VR feedback. I was working with a client last week and she was jumping off the walls because her "mentor" had given her a bunch of stuff to get done in a very short time frame. She called him a mentor because he had several degrees, was a professor and spoke very learnedly. I was getting a bit frustrated at her list of "must dos" she kept pulling out by this guy. Finally, I stopped her and said point blank, I know you love this guy, but has he EVER run a business? Has he ever done what you are doing? Because the world of thinking and pondering and academia is so far removed from the real world of actually making money and trying to run a business, I fear all he has given you is a bunch of stuff he thinks is good and he has no idea what will work and what will not. (Turns out that indeed, he spent 30 years teaching and had never been inside a company trying to get anything going). I love the VR stuff that is here and that is coming. But I work with clients that have non-VR problems. Today. It is the only world I understand. Call me a blockhead. But helping folks solve their problems today gives me great joy. I will leave the more educated to work on stuff still in the laboratory for tomorrow. Cheers.
    Phil Friedman
    06/07/2017 #13 Phil Friedman
    #9 Sounds like a brave new world to me, David. A true expression of collective behavior based in VR and finally achieving like-mindedness. Cheers!
    Charlene Norman
    06/07/2017 #12 Charlene Norman
    #7 Au contraire Lyon. Social media does work for me and my clients. It was sold to us as a digital sales force. It is not. It is just a sticky fly paper thing that can't take the place of real human beings. It has a place, but not a big place -- in the world of finding and getting customers for most small businesses.
    Sasa Radovic
    06/07/2017 #11 Sasa Radovic
    Thank You for sharing this experience. For me, it's useful insight
    Brian McKenzie
    06/07/2017 #10 Brian McKenzie
    Going to go the Opposite Way - for 10K a month, I will show you how to disappear from social media, the net, even society and leave no digital foot print - completely unplug. Valid aliases will be an extra charge.
    David B. Grinberg
    06/07/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg
    Charlene: first, if I had an extra $10K to throw around I'd probably take a long vacation in the Caribbean with my amorcita, Nicole. But I digress...
    To your point, "Social Media does not work for most businesses because it only engages two of the five senses we have. Seeing or visual and hearing or audio. That is it." Well, not so fast. To wit:
    Due to evolving technology and disruptive innovation, the forthcoming convergence of social media with Virtual Reality is on the way!!!
    That means engaging all five senses (yes, smell too, all due to neuro receptors in the brain binge tricked by the VR experience, at least according to studies and reports I've read). Perhaps one day in the future we can all join a VR/social bee hive and really buzz as one colony of worker bees, perhaps even via beBee -- never know!
    cc: @Jim Murray @Ian Weinberg @John White, MBA @Javier 🐝 beBee @stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Phil Friedman
    06/07/2017 #8 Phil Friedman
    Social media, for the most part, only works for those who see it as an end in itself. Charlene, you seem to see it as a bridge to something else, for example, sales. Personally, I agree with you and find it very odd when people talk about "being successful ON social media". Several solid points made here to consider. Cheers!
    Lyon Brave
    06/07/2017 #7 Lyon Brave
    It doesn't sound like social media is working for you
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/07/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 It is never wasted money Charlene,if it is invested experience. Waste is a natural part of life, we would be dead with out it. Imagine waking up tomorrow and finding out that we could not poop, how we see waste is a big part of our life's journey.

    In this life one is lucky when any of us can find a business partner that we can implicitly, unequivocally and absolutely trust. Steve Jobs had the best way of looking at this with his Stanford speech about learning to count the dots backwards.

    We both talked about how we should best go about using the emerging world of social media way back in 2011 but that was yesterday as TM's, but now we are united here as Bees and that is a way more important relationship. So I might join Port Credit as my next club, that is only very small beans, but what you are undertaking now is way more than a growing stalk, and it is way more than watching beans grow. The fables are yesterday, the shocks are yesterday, the present is a new story, a new way.

    The rear view window does offer a perspective about experience but the road ahead is all new and now you have the means of applying the wisdom you have acquired or even create new or greater wisdoms. Life is best about how we transform invested experience. I am really glad for you and Jim, for I think this is fabulous partnership that based on your individual personalities and values which interlock very nicely. No one can design this kind of relationship - that is when we count instead, blessings.

    BTW Lyon Brave is a cool cat, that is her trip, the road you are on, now, that is you and Jim and @Kevin Pashuk astutely called it.
  16. ProducerChris Richardson
    How to Run a Successful Business Blog
    How to Run a Successful Business BlogHave you ever thought about the thing that all modern businesses have in common? It doesn’t matter what industry it belongs to; a successful modern business has a great online presence. In order to create the impression of a serious business, you...
  17. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Get Ahead of the Competition: Action Items to Promote Your New Product or Business
    Get Ahead of the Competition: Action Items to Promote Your New Product or BusinessStarting a new business or launching a new product can be very exciting. There are many things that need to be considered when developing your strategy for attracting new business. There is a ton of competition out there so all of your efforts...


    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    30/06/2017 #8 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #6 LOL. They are the only two I know of. I knew I'd get a face full from someone!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    30/06/2017 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #5 Thank you, @Jerry Fletcher. It is an honour to receive such a compliment from an industry professional.
    Ken Boddie
    30/06/2017 #6 Ken Boddie
    Wonderful advice, Renée, not just for the 'start up' but for all small businesses. But hey, what's with the Canuck and Yankee press style references? Won't do our cousins in Spain much good, nor us Aussies here in outer Wop Wop, nor ..... 😀
    Jerry Fletcher
    30/06/2017 #5 Jerry Fletcher
    Ahh, Renee, you do good work. Solid advice with great insight as to what actually works. I'll pass this along to the start up I was consulting with this morning. It is always nice ot have advice from another "marketing type" with a similar but slightly different opinion.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    29/06/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #3 Always a pleasure. Thanks for sharing!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    29/06/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    @Javier 🐝 beBee @Juan Imaz, I mentioned beBee as an example in this post.
  18. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    It may seem like I want to discuss hiring... and I do.
    It may seem like I want to discuss hiring... and I do.Recently I wrote about ownership couched in a story about hiring and I was asked by a couple of people if I could offer some insight and thoughts into the topic of hiring itself — Bingo, Bango, Bongo a blog topic presented itself. Much of my hiring...


    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #10 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #5 Great insight and perspective @John Prpich... Thx. I will check out the site.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #9 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 Thanks for the comment @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #8 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thanks for the comment and insight @Phil Friedman... it's a very good question to ask. Great leaders always surround themselves with people smarter than themselves.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #7 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks for the comment @Joanne Gardocki
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    07/07/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Great advice!
    John Prpich
    29/06/2017 #5 John Prpich
    Graham, this is one of those topics that people feel they understand very deeply. What I've discovered is that the recruiting industry and those that recruit and have done so successfully (by whatever definition you use), have really missed the boat. If there is one system or process that needs all of HR's attention it's recruiting and interviewing. A little more than 50% of the people that conduct interviews have never been trained to interview someone. That right there alone, should be a great cause for concern.
    What tells me that people don't understand what they're looking for is the focus of their search, job descriptions that read like War and Peace, focus on education and experience. I'd love any organization to show me an employee that even remotely resembles their expectations. There's no correlation between education and job success, that's been proven a thousand times. Experience is typically based on how long, which is odd, because the focus should be on how well, something that isn't distinguished.

    The actual interview questions that are being asked of most candidates have little to no value, however, people have convinced themselves that there is some merit to their questions, this is where people practice what I call, "arm-chair psychology.
    At the end of the day we don't seem to understand the real nature of why we hire people, it's to solve problems, difficult ones and often times within an organization where ambiguity lurks around every corner. What do all high performers have in common, passionate, self-motivated, a can do attitude and a certain set of skills. The first three can't be taught, the last can, that's important to remember.

    Several years ago, I came across a woman by the name of Carol Quinn, she's the creator of Motivation Based Interviewing, I consider her approach and solution to be the best available on today's market. You can check out her site at www.hireauthority.com
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/06/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Great points. Job descriptions make more sense than skills listings.

    How often do we see things like,

    "Graphic Artist: Must have full Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (so far so good). Excellent full-stack development skills (now you're stretching things, graphic artist-coders are a rare breed. Those are completely different mindsets). Must work equally well alone or within a group, with no external guidance (which is it? Groups imply guidance). Mastery of Microsoft Word and Excel a must. (Really? Most graphic artists I know are more comfortable using InDesign as a word processor. What do Word and Excel have to do with graphic art? ) Ability to perform brain surgery a plus. ( I added that, why not?) Then there's the final piece to this super-human applicant. . . This is an entry-level position (i.e. We pay minimum wage 'cause we can't go lower)

    FYI: That's a real posting

    Phil Friedman
    29/06/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    Just a thought about essential questions when interviewing. For over a decade, I had a one-on-one with a quintessential entrepreneur, Andrew J. McKelvey, the founder and original Chairman of Monster.com. That relationship started with Andy being a client of my marine consulting business and eventually progressed to where he was the Chairman and principal shareholder of the luxury yacht building company of which I was president and CEO. Because his anchor firm, TMP Worldwide (later aka Monster Worldwide) itself owned 125 other companies, Andy had spent significant amounts of time himself hiring for executive management positions. And one question he always asked was, "Have you ever hired someone who was smarter than you?" If your answer was no, he passed you by. Cheers!
    Joanne Gardocki
    29/06/2017 #2 Joanne Gardocki
    Great thoughtful and thought provoking buzz. Thank you for sharing your insights, @Graham🐝 Edwards. I particularly like "I have your black and white resume in front of me; can you please add some colour to it". What an empowering question to ponder.
  19. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Necessary Selflessness Of A True Partnership
    The Necessary Selflessness Of A True PartnershipWhen you create a services offering that is comprised of two or more different main components, one of the first things you need to accept is the inevitability that, in any given case, one of those components may not be necessary.Ideally, you set up...


    Jim Murray
    29/06/2017 #8 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @Jerry Fletcher. My wife knows Charlene and I know her husband. It's all good.
    Jerry Fletcher
    28/06/2017 #7 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim & Charlene, Good luck. You're definitely off on the right foot. I was lucky enough to once partner with a lady that "got it." She got our spouses to agree to go over the business plan after a barbecue dinner and then pushed them to be sure there wouldn't be any problem with the partners traveling together to present programs on cruise ships. Smart lady.
    mohammed khalaf
    28/06/2017 #6 mohammed khalaf
    Jim gives sage advice on writing in many of his posts.
    Charlene Norman
    28/06/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    Shhhh, @Jim Murray, It's my smile damn it. Just my smile. And trolls are everywhere. Thank you @Phil Friedman and @David B. Grinberg. Indeed, we will use all the flak jackets we can find. Until we earn that first million $. Shhhhh.
    Jim Murray
    28/06/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    Thanks guys. No flack jacket is required. Charlene is the secret weapon.
    Phil Friedman
    28/06/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    #1 Well, of course, David, I too wish Charlene and Jim all good fortune in their new endeavor! -- Phil (Flak-jacket) Friedman. :-)
    David B. Grinberg
    27/06/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Congrats again on this exciting new partnership, Jim and @Charlene Norman. I love the name! Perhaps our mutual friend, battle hardened @Phil Friedman, can lend you one of his flak jackets -- just in case you need to fend off any trolls.
    I wish you, Charlene and Phil all the very best and much continued success on your respective business ventures! Don't be surprised to hear from me one of these days/years for advice when I finish public service and take the plunge into the private sector entrepreneurial world. Meanwhile, keep buzzing!
    cc: @John White, MBA
  20. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    For Immediate Release: Innovative Approach to World Cruising Unveiled
    For Immediate Release: Innovative Approach to World Cruising UnveiledBOAT-IN-a-BOX (™) SETS SAIL TO REVOLUTIONIZE WORLD-CRUISING FOR YACHTSMEN ... June 23, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA — Phil Friedman and the Port Royal Group announced today the launch of their Boat-In-a-Box  (™) project. According to...


    Phil Friedman
    28/06/2017 #85 Phil Friedman
    #84 Yes, I remember Hurricane Andrew well. The fact is, in Florida, we are all much better prepared now, and our building codes are much improved. But to continue our discussion of dry-rack boat storage, the current common structural designs for such storage facilities are still subject to what is known in engineering circles as "zipper" failure -- the serial failure of a single component followed by another, then another, and another, until the entire structure collapses. Your idea to build such rack storage of steel boxes (containers) locked together would result in a much more storm resistant building. Cheers!
    Wayne Yoshida
    28/06/2017 #84 Wayne Yoshida
    #83 Storm storage (hurricane storage?) might be something. A friend and customer of mine lost his boat during Hurricane Andrew (Miami). . . . his boat is on the cover of a fund-raiser book that went out shortly after it was over. I can't recall her name, nor the size and configuration of the craft. It was a big power boat
    Phil Friedman
    28/06/2017 #83 Phil Friedman
    #81 That is an interesting suggestion, Wayne. I think that using the system longer-term for storage, as an alternative to wet slips would not be practical because of the limiting width of the containers and the need, in most cases, to insert the boats tilted to one side. However, using stacked containers in preference to the usual structure employed in "dry-rack" storage is itself a brilliant idea -- even if it involved manufacturing special width containers. Right now, the usual construction for "dry-rack" boat storage is quite vulnerable to major storms. But building up structures using steel containers stacked and locked together would be ever so much more durable and wind resistant. (What is your opinion, @Lada 🏡 Prkic?) Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    28/06/2017 #82 Phil Friedman
    #80 Thanks, @Javier 🐝 beBee, for saying so ... and the support. I hope to be able to say eventually that beBee is where this magnificently successful endeavor first announced and got its start! :-)
    Wayne Yoshida
    27/06/2017 #81 Wayne Yoshida
    #52 This is another "feature" that might be market-able, @Phil Friedman - slips/docks are filled up in many places. The storage network may be a great offshoot.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    27/06/2017 #80 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #79 I am a non-boating person but I see this venture as a great one and very innovative.
    Phil Friedman
    26/06/2017 #79 Phil Friedman
    #78 Thanks for saying so, Jim. I think one needs to be a yachtsperson to understand the full import of this concept (which I've been working on for a couple of years), which is why I didn't tag any of the usual suspects on the post. But I am gratified to see that some non-boating people can see its merit as well. Cheers!
    Jim Murray
    26/06/2017 #78 Jim Murray
    FYI. I think this is a fabulous idea.
    Harvey Lloyd
    26/06/2017 #77 Harvey Lloyd
    #76 If that is the only name I am called today....its a good day. Thanks
    Phil Friedman
    26/06/2017 #76 Phil Friedman
    #67 Thank you, H-A-R-V-E-Y, for being patient when the auto-corrector changes your name to "Henry."
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #75 Phil Friedman
    #67 Thank you, Henry, for reading and the good wishes. We'll eventually see if I've correctly identified a viable niche market -- which I think we have done. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #74 Phil Friedman
    #66 Thanks, Milos, for the support. I agree that there is a flavor of fractalism involved here.
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #73 Phil Friedman
    #64 I feel your pain, Todd. Compounding and waxing even a 20-footer is a two-day job for one guy in my experience. If you're using a 9" or 10" orbiting buffer, try switching to a 6". Although it covers less area per pass, it is much less fatiguing than holding the larger machine, and the work will actually go more rapidly. Ryobi makes a cheap one that lasts pretty well. I used to buy them by the dozen for use in buffing out clear coatings on cabinetwork with guitar polishing compounds. Cheers!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    25/06/2017 #72 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #71 Great explanation Phil, thanks for the clarification.
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #71 Phil Friedman
    #62 Thank you, Pamela, for reading and commenting. On the environmental side, we believe this a "greener" approach to world cruising. Here's why. Leave aside, for the moment, the issue of fuel consumption in "superyachts" (70 meters and over) in regard of which we don't speak of miles per gallon, but rather in (hushed) terms of gallons per mile. Most yachts capable of being delivered on their own bottoms to the world's prime cruising waters from home ports around the world use a lot of fuel when running at alongshore speeds. They can be designed and powered to be much more fuel-efficient if based on being freighted to various areas where their owners then want to cruise. But the costs of carriage in such cases is, literally, in the tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes more than a hundred thousand. Our concept involves purpose-building a yacht that can be used by four to six people to, say, cruise the European canals or the Hawaiian islands for a few weeks or a month or two -- which is often as much time as most yachtspeople want to spend in a given area -- but which does not cost tens of thousands of dollars to freight around the world. And because the yachts are smaller and operate effectively alongshore and on inland waters, they can be more efficiently powered. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #70 Phil Friedman
    #61 The problem, Paul, is that we're developing this as a "system" that is more than just sticking a boat into a container -- which anyone can do. We're completing the design and engineering of a boat that takes advantage of the maximum dimensions which can be fitted into a common container. And the hull is being specifically engineered to sit in a purpose-built dolly/cradle whose upright supports will lock onto specifically incorporated attachment points on the hull and roll it into an angled position. The dolly wheels will them enable the boat to be rolled into the container. Which is why we're referring to this as a "complete system". Remember, the horizontal interior dimention of a "standard" container is only 7'9", less even than the allowable trailer width in the U.S. and Canada, which is 8'6" without a special permit. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #69 Phil Friedman
    #60 Thanks, Don, for saying so. I've been kicking this around for more than two years now, and only recently ran into some people interested in partnering up to potentially turn it into more than conceptual speculation. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #68 Phil Friedman
    #59 Yes, Lada, the dolly/cradle is an important piece of the puzzle. Partly because holding the hull at an angle is necessary in order to accommodate a wider boat and partly because the dolly/cradle has to knock down and stow out of the way in the boat so that a forward or return shipment does not have to originate from the original destination (jump-off) port.
    Harvey Lloyd
    25/06/2017 #67 Harvey Lloyd
    What a creative idea, good stuff and hope all goes well with the adventure.
    Milos Djukic
    25/06/2017 #66 Anonymous
    That's a great initiative @Phil Friedman. Fractal-In-a-Box (™), self-similar cube: (http://ems.gphys.unc.edu/nonlinear/fractals/dimension.html) A power law in yachthing and cost-effective method for shipping fractals to various exotic locations, one piece of our mind here and another piece there, while preserving unity :) Phil, a recognized and a highly respected practical engineer, as always.
  21. Mark Berg

    Mark Berg

    Mark Berg
    Developing food delivery website by implementing a food ordering system
    www.agriya.com There is a renewed interest from entrepreneurs across the globe for food ordering market. Launching such a website is made easy with food ordering...


    Mark Berg
    23/06/2017 #1 Mark Berg
    Take this Guidance before Starting a Food Delivery Website!
  22. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    It may seem like I want to discuss hiring people...
    It may seem like I want to discuss hiring people...Like with most things we get better the more we do something, and for me I became rather good at hiring people. In the beginning there was a learning curve and there was the ever-lurking spectre of making the wrong decision, but with some good hires...


    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #25 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #15 Thanks for the comment and perspective @Charlene Norman
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #24 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #11 Thx for the comment @Brian McKenzie
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #23 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #10 Thanks for the comment @Phil Friedman... yes we like our committees, referendums, and spending $23 Million to audit $1 M of inappropriate expense spending by our unelected senate.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #22 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #9 OMG... an every day board meeting! The Great Toilet Paper Debate? Do tell @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. As you allude to, it's never a good sign when you hear the words, "That's the way we have always done it..." Thanks for the comment.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #21 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #8 Thanks for the insight @Donna Smith
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #20 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #7 Thanks for the comment @Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #19 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 BOOYAH! Thanks for the comment @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #18 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thanks for the comment @Lyon Brave and thanks for the blog topic suggestion... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@iamgpe/it-may-seem-like-i-want-to-discuss-hiring-and-i-do
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    09/07/2017 #17 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks for the comment @Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Charlene Norman
    26/06/2017 #15 Charlene Norman
    @Graham🐝 Edwards This is an excellent post. (As an aside, I wish there was a way to be notified of new articles somehow. I keep missing ones like these). And I will disagree with the esteemed Phil. My experience (limited to large, freaking, gigantic companies which have been struggling of late) is opposite to his. The Americans loved their committees. I am positive though in every single country, in every single size, whether profit or non-profit, the damn policies and committees and pass the buck non--owners have screwed up more horses, camels and a few donkeys too!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    22/06/2017 #13 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #9 Ah yes. The not for profit mentality. Those last three words say it all!
    gboy bojang
    22/06/2017 #12 gboy bojang
    Brian McKenzie
    22/06/2017 #11 Brian McKenzie
    Oh Responsibility.......damned unpopular for those in groups or hiding behing a tech box.
    Phil Friedman
    22/06/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    Graham, this is a truly great post, which I am sharing on Business Hub. For the record, I have to say that Canadians love committees. So much so that during my first year teaching at UWO, I was appointed to serve on a committee ... to manage all of the committees in the School of Arts. I will never forget my incredulity when so informed. Cheers!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/06/2017 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I printed this post out to bring to the daily (yes, daily) board meetings for a local charity. I made a 3-month commitment to them, and am counting the days (29 left) before I can high-tail it outta there.

    Maybe they'll toss me out. Oh, how I wish they would.

    Everything must be discussed at length, no matter how trivial. (I'll tell you about the Great Toilet Paper Debate some time, the gist is that lady parts are more sensitive and require softer paper. I thought it was a joke. Nope, they were dead serious). Most questions are answered with, "That's the way we've always done it."

    Everything they do, which is not very mucking futch, is a "camel." No one owns anything. No one is responsible for anything. No one is even the "lead" on anything.
    Donna Smith
    22/06/2017 #8 Donna Smith
    #7 Renee, I love what you said about a good leader taking ownership of the results they create especially when those results are not good. It just really gets under my skin when I have to interact with others who not take ownership of the bad results and those people will even take ownership of the good results when it wasn't even them, but a co worker or one of their employees.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    22/06/2017 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Well said. The most successful leaders in business are the ones who guard their authority and take ownership of the results they create. Team input has its value, but as you say, committees have a way of stalling processes and spoiling the end result.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/06/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 In the name of authenticity dear Deb, BOOYAH's must always be a spontaneous thing - but if delivered face-to-face, they should ideally be followed by a two-finger gun that you blow on to indicate you have just hit a bulls-eye shot. Typically this never stands me in good stead with HR personnel, but when have I ever had good standing with any kind of gatekeeper?

    I did a video resignation once which was way to spontaneous for the HR person to even think of the word "WTF". That was back in the day when a VHS camera was this huge thing you had to carry on your shoulder. Those were the good old days when those kind of video's did not find their way onto You-Tube. Back then not even the Internet had been invented yet.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    22/06/2017 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #4 Would you pretty please record at least an audio snippet of your trademark BOOYAH?

    Then we can play it whenever someone displays impressive ownership!
  23. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Golden Rules Of Business Acquisition
    The Golden Rules Of Business Acquisition One of the common threads that has run through the independent phase of my business career is that I have generally had the good fortune to be able to work with people that a) Had good business ideas and b) Went about their business with a...


    Jerry Fletcher
    20/06/2017 #1 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, it is not shooting at the moon. It is the considered view of two people of experience. Yes, there are fewer clients like that but they are a joy to work with. I had to fire one not long ago because he/the company did not live up to expectations. Keep your criteria high. It's worth it.
  24. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    You can consider Inbound Marketing a sub-set of Content Marketing or you can consider it, as some do, an entirely separate form marketing. But either way it relies on engaging with prospects, clients, and customers on social media and other forms of digital communication. This piece first published last February makes the point and also identifies some potential pitfalls with Inbound Marketing. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/inbound-marketing-revisitedPhil Friedman


    Gerald Hecht
    17/06/2017 #2 Gerald Hecht
    #1 you are very welcome @Phil Friedman
    Phil Friedman
    17/06/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Thanks, @Gerald Hecht, for sharing this post. Cheers!
  25. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Fishing for clients and customers? Inbound Marketing is exceptionally well suited to small businesses who provide B2B and B2C services. This piece from April, 2016 is worth reviving, I think. Let me know what you think. Cheers! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/small-businessman-s-primer-to-inbound-marketingPhil Friedman
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