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  1. 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...
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    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
  2. ProducerDave Worthen

    Dave Worthen

    18/07/2017
    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...
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    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
    AMEN!

    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.
  3. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    10/07/2017
    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...
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    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.
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Change-Thinking-Third-Sarah-Edelman-ebook/dp/B00ALM730W
    Louise Smith
    10/07/2017 #1 Louise Smith
    Love the name Bullet Proof Consulting !
  4. ProducerCharlene Norman

    Charlene Norman

    05/07/2017
    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...
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    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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK62I-4cuSY

    Social Media Revolution
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFs28KHwM_Y

    John Oliver calling out Hashtag Faux Pas
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG_7xur1iRc

    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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2W2Bgj85qI
    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.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die

    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.
  5. 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...
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  6. 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...
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    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.
  7. 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...
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    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

    Sheesh
    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.
  8. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    27/06/2017
    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...
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    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
  9. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    23/06/2017
    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...
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    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.
  10. Mark Berg

    Mark Berg

    23/06/2017
    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...
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    Mark Berg
    23/06/2017 #1 Mark Berg
    Take this Guidance before Starting a Food Delivery Website!
  11. 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...
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    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
    hello
    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!
  12. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    19/06/2017
    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...
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    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.
  13. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    16/06/2017
    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
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    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!
  14. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    16/06/2017
    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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  15. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    13/06/2017
    Our first official Bullet Proof post
    Jim Murray
    The Business Necessity Of Sticking To Your Guns: A Bullet Proof Story
    www.bebee.com A while back, Charlene found out about a publisher who was looking for long format blog posts on writing books for her blog. As usual in these...
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  16. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    13/06/2017
    Pleased to announce a new working partnership between @Charlene Norman and myself. And what better place to do it than right here on Business Hub, beBee's best dedicated business hive.
    Jim Murray
    Bullet Proof. The Ideal Alignment Of Business Organization & Communication
    www.bebee.com One of the first business people I met after moving from Toronto to St. Catharines last December was a lady named Charlene Norman, who had also...
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    Phil Friedman
    13/06/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Best of fortune to you and Charlene on your new venture. And thanks for posting in Business Hub. Cheers!
  17. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    12/06/2017
    If you've been struggling with gaining exposure for your company on social media, we've developed some effective techniques for using the LinkedIn Update Feed effectively. Connect with me to talk about how we can help you. http://tinyurl.com/yd7mnag4
    Phil Friedman
    If you've been struggling with gaining...: Buzz - beBee
    tinyurl.com If you've been struggling with gaining exposure for your company on social media, we've developed some effective techniques for using the LinkedIn...
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    Phil Friedman

    09/06/2017
    Small-business operators need to keep a close eye on both Profit and Cash Flow and understand that the two are different elements of one's fiscal picture...
    Phil Friedman
    Net Profit vs Cash Flow
    www.bebee.com UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROFIT AND CASH-FLOW IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF A SMALL BUSINESS... Preface: This post is...
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  19. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    04/06/2017
    Jim Murray
    Bullet Proof. The Ideal Alignment Of Business Organization & Communication
    www.bebee.com One of the first business people I met after moving from Toronto to St. Catharines last December was a lady named Charlene Norman, who had also...
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    Jim Murray
    04/06/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks amigo (@Phil Friedman)
    Phil Friedman
    04/06/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Welcome to the marketing scene, Bullet Proof. Experience and the insight it breeds are always valued additions, for what improves the competition makes us all better. Sharing your notice of real business people working for real business people (rB2rB). -- Phil Friedman, Port Royal Group.
  20. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    A Case study in the Lessons of Problem Solving...
    A Case study in the Lessons of Problem Solving...Believe it or not I am actually going to start by telling the story of my garage door opener (GDO), and meander my way through some thoughts on execution — And maybe something else, that at first blush may seem counter intuitive, but also worthy...
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    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/05/2017 #11 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #5 Thanks for the comment @Ian Weinberg
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/05/2017 #10 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 Thanks for the comment @Phil Friedman... You are right.. that whole opportunity cost thing. I mean, if I had to jump on a plane that weekend and get to California, I would have bought a new one, and maybe even hired someone to install it because the money made in California more than paid for it and I would learn more there then in my garage. Alas that wasn't the case so I had fun with a GDO.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/05/2017 #9 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks for the comment @Kevin Pashuk... yes the value of action. my new "anti coach potato mantra"!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/05/2017 #8 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #1 Thanks for the comment @Wayne Yoshida... the fun we can have with home repairs. I really like when you say,"The life-learning we get when we take on the challenge" This is an internet quote for sure....
    Phil Friedman
    15/05/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    #6 Wayne, good point. I have often explained to craftsmen in my boat shops that I can do what I'm asking them to do, and I can ultimately get it done just as well. The only difference between me and them being they can do it in 1/5 the time I would take -- what with all the redos I'd need. Cheers!
    Wayne Yoshida
    15/05/2017 #6 Wayne Yoshida
    #4 Ah. @Phil Friedman makes a good point. In business, time is money, the most precious commodity in work. There could be situations where the learning thing is kicked out because of more practical reasons: Like satisfying the customer and producing the final result in a reasonable (as fast as possible) time.

    But, on our "free time" - we can use these challenges as great ways to learn new skills, "network" with friends (or make new ones) and certainly have fun at the same time. (Or maybe struggle and then celebrate when the task is completed.) This is one of the reasons I love DIY projects and the ham radio experience - it's the hands-on, personal time that makes learning fun.

    Or, the reverse side of this:
    When your attempt fails - you get to learn how **not** to do something. I have a lot of that kind of experience, too.
    Ian Weinberg
    15/05/2017 #5 Ian Weinberg
    Great article @Graham🐝 Edwards Leveraging oneself out of the comfort zone is very inconvenient, but as you've described so profoundly, expanding the breadth of engagement and experience is ultimately priceless.
    Phil Friedman
    15/05/2017 #4 Phil Friedman
    All good points, Graham, @Wayne Yoshida, and @Kevin Pashuk, Certainly, my boatbuilder's gut (which trained right down on the shop floor with fellow tradespeople, is to pursue the solution and solve the problem with my own hands or at least under my own management supervision. But I've also learned there is a time and a place for that. And that when I am busy cranking out billable consulting hours at my standard hourly or day rate, it makes more sense, and is ultimately for less expensive, to either buy a full replacement assembly when a part breaks, or pay someone else to do the job at on third or less than what I am at that time charging and getting for my own work. Of course, during idling times between gigs, the situation reverses and I get to rationalize taking three times as long to fiddle around with and solve a problem... and maybe save myself a few dollars outlay in materials. This is a great piece. Sharing in Business Hub hive.
    Wayne Yoshida
    15/05/2017 #3 Wayne Yoshida
    #2 Excellent, @Kevin Pashuk
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/05/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    If I didn't know better Graham, I would think you were talking about understanding the 'value' of actions. I would say the lessons learned far exceeded the value of the money you saved. I've often told my kids that the 'easy way' is not always the 'better way'.
    Wayne Yoshida
    15/05/2017 #1 Wayne Yoshida
    @Graham🐝 Edwards -- YES! This is a "life-learning adventure" some of us "get" when we take on a challenge. Interestingly, I have a draft post in my computer about a GDO, so great minds do think alike!

    I had a similar experience with a clothes washer:
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@wayne-yoshida/the-missing-9-mm
  21. ProducerLori Boxer

    Lori Boxer

    11/05/2017
    "Pick Your Brain" Can Pick Your Pockets
    "Pick Your Brain" Can Pick Your PocketsIn a great article written last year in Forbes— Here's What To Say When Someone Asks To 'Pick Your Brain' About Social Media Over Coffee — social media pro, Natalie Zfat, says that when it comes to business, social media is no longer an...
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    Jerry Fletcher
    12/05/2017 #6 Jerry Fletcher
    Lori, I look at it a little differently. If someone asks to "pick my brain" I agree to meet over lunch or coffee at their choice. I view the meeting as a way to quickly sort out whether they are a potential client or not. If they are, I have a chance to gather solid information for a value based proposal. If not, I know I can give them strategic advice and that in most cases they will not be able to implement it.

    Not long ago I met with a young man who had found me via my web site. His business was just moved into town and he had three months in savings to get it working after three months of no new business. I told him changes he could make in his website and suggested several potential Strategic Partners. But the most cogent advice I gave him was never to jump into a business without having at least 6 months of funds in the "Grouch Bag" to keep his family fed and under roof. He called me a week later. He had reworked his website and contacted two potential strategic partners and found a part-time job.

    He got a lot for a cup of coffee. But I'll get even more when I use him for a reference and put his testimonial on my web site.
    Lori Boxer
    12/05/2017 #5 Lori Boxer
    #1 Agree on all points. Thanks for stating it's clearly.
    Lori Boxer
    12/05/2017 #4 Lori Boxer
    #2 everyone's field of service is different and I of course respect the way anyone wants to conduct it. But I'm not going to sit with someone for an hour explaining how I would work with them, how much weight I think they have to lose and how much a program would cost them. If they don't want to join, that's fine, bit I am at least going to be paid for the 60-90 minutes I spend with them--formally, in my office for a consult, and not over coffee. If they don't think THEY are worth the cost of a consultation, that's OK.
    Harvey Lloyd
    12/05/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd
    This concept was explained to me many years ago, the open hand or closed fist. I agree many folks seek free advice and that is usually what they get in value. Everyone has to put in their 10,000 hours of achieving wisdom across a subject area. Free advice can never carry that burden.

    Yes i have went for coffee and given away free advice many times and most who got it called me back and said it didn't work. This was usually my opportunity to sell. Some never called back.

    The advice or the answer to the question they were looking for was backed by the 10,000 hours. They were trying to cheat the hours. A short cut if you will. We will always pay the price of experience. Either through putting in hours or hiring.
    Sandra Smith
    12/05/2017 #2 Sandra Smith
    Good points Lori. Although usually some gratis work goes into winning nearly every client, I find. Not usually over coffee though - I wish.
    Phil Friedman
    12/05/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Solid insight here, from LORI BOXER. Bravo.

    For some reason, many people on social media believe that "sharing" involves you turning over, gratis, information and expertise that you've built up over many years at an enormous cost to you in effort, time, and money. Even when that expertise is part of your core business.

    Would they walk into an electronics store, pick up a computer or TV and walk out, expecting not to pay for what they're getting?

    The Consultant's dilemma is always to give away sufficient to enable a potential client to see the value available, but not so much as to mean the potential client no longer needs to hire the Consultant.

    Brain-pickers, however, are never potential clients, but usually just intended freeloaders. Cheers!
  22. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    10/05/2017
    Drive-by Shoutings, Bullies, Strong Personalities and Other Workplace Hazards.
    Drive-by Shoutings, Bullies, Strong Personalities and Other Workplace Hazards.You could hear him coming down the hall. “Ricken, Fracken, Diggun, Ramda, etc., etc., etc. “… … except that’s not really what he was saying. I’ll spare your sensitive ears. Let’s just say he was not happy. I was on assignment...
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    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    20/05/2017 #28 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Definitely, I have engaged with all of the above and it is just not worth it. No amount of money can compensate for the stress this cast of characters creates. There is some evidence that prolonged stress at work can increase the risk of cancer in both men and women.
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/05/2017 #27 Kevin Pashuk
    #26 "Everything in moderation" (with the exception of puns and Dad jokes) is the secret to a long and fruitful life.
    Ken Boddie
    12/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #22 Looking forward to sharing the optimum glass (or two or three) of wine with you one day, Kev. Still on the subject of balance, my mum used to have a liking for the occasional tipple of sherry and took delight in saying "After one glass I'm anybody's, and after two I'm nobody's". Here's to your continued good health. 🍷🍷
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #25 Kevin Pashuk
    #24 Good points Christine
    Christine Stevens
    11/05/2017 #24 Christine Stevens
    You can win an argument with a strong personality. You just have to have your facts in order and your reasoning sound. Strong personalities tend to be passionate and fight for what they believe in. They aren't intransigent or or stubborn.
    Christine Stevens
    11/05/2017 #23 Christine Stevens
    #22 I didn't know there was such a thing as too much wine.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #22 Kevin Pashuk
    #21 I tend to agree with Blaise Pascal, who said... "Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same."
    Ken Boddie
    11/05/2017 #21 Ken Boddie
    You credit me with more depth of thought than intended, Kev. What's more, I can't say I agree with your interpretation of alcohol reinforcing bonding. I prefer to translate your age old adage as meaning wine can loosen the tongue to the point of things being said that are best unstated. Similarly, looking at the world through beer goggles can result in a rude awakening in the light of sobriety.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #20 Kevin Pashuk
    #12 Latin? I'm impressed.

    You are right in that removing the power differential from bullies does render them benign, but those on the receiving end need an honest and healthy sense of self to understand that much of the power a bully has is that which is provided to him/her by the bullied. (Of course this is a generalization, but in workplace situations, it does stand)

    In order to better understand oneself, it is most useful to be part of a community that helps this happen. Good friends, affinity groups, etc. can all help.

    While we are on the subject of Latin, let me add one to the mix that supports the concept of building strong community... "In Vino Veritas" (There is Truth in Wine)
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #19 Kevin Pashuk
    #10 Thanks Pascal. LI does serve a purpose. Teams do indeed benefit from diverse personalities. I was probably understated in trying to make that point in this post above. Leaders need to manage both the skills mix, and the personality mix of their teams.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #18 Kevin Pashuk
    #9 Thanks Ian. My time in working with medical universities has hardened me like tempered steel to not be affected by this type of behaviour. It is indeed unfortunately common (which doesn't make it right.)
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #17 Kevin Pashuk
    #8 There are always outliers Paul and an Introvert with a Strong Personality is certainly valid. In my experience, I find that people with this combination usually have an 'interesting' background which developed a heightened sense of 'justice' and 'right and wrong', with the resolve to not be an innocent bystander when it comes to dealing with bullies. What I do know for a fact (by reading some of your earlier posts on beBee), that I would never, ever attempt to break into your house, or bully you. (but that's why I like you so much, aside from the fact that you are Canadian and clever, but then, I've just repeated myself).
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #16 Kevin Pashuk
    #7 Thanks for sharing this post Francine! Check out my comment to Harvey below ( #13 ). This post is more about dealing with people who have strong personalities vs. bullies. I'm saving the bully post for a future writing session.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #15 Kevin Pashuk
    #6 Thanks Phil, I haven't encountered that form of bullying recently, but you are accurate. Sheer tenacity (which is not a bad thing) can become bullying when the end game is to get one's own way. The bully's goal is to win at all costs and you find wild inconsistencies in the message or tactics, or obfuscation to the max when dealing with this type. I would tend to put this kind of bully into Hans Rosling's category of 'willfully ignorant'. Don't confuse them with the facts.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #14 Kevin Pashuk
    #5 Thanks for commenting Deb. I'm not sure what Dr. Blue Streak's problem was, but if you see Ian's comment below ( #9 ), this type of behaviour is not uncommon in medical education.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/05/2017 #13 Kevin Pashuk
    #3 Thanks for commenting Harvey. I want to make sure that our discussion focuses on those with Strong Personalities vs. bullies. There is a world of difference, although those on the receiving end may have trouble differentiating between them. For bullies, it is typically about power, not results. You rarely win an argument with a bully, but you can do a number of things to reduce his/her perceived power over you. People with strong personalities are typically trying to move things along in the best way they know how. You can usually have a vigorous discussion with SP people and come to a workable solution.
    Ken Boddie
    11/05/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    What immediately springs to mind, Kev, is my school latin nonsensicus, which states:
    "Nil carborundum ilegitimus" i.e. "don't let the bastards grind you down". 🤣
    Furthermore, repeat bullies are like sandpaper. With repetition they eventually become useless, while the recipient of their grinding becomes smooth and polished. 🤗
    Pascal Derrien
    11/05/2017 #10 Pascal Derrien
    Interesting that I saw this one because of LI :-) No bullies but we don't want clones or people driven by the fear of being different or assertive in the team either. a fine balance and it requires an empathic leader to maintain the equilibrium :-)
    Ian Weinberg
    11/05/2017 #9 Ian Weinberg
    Your 'Dr Blue Streak' was unfortunately quite a common phenomenon in our surgical training @Kevin Pashuk Unfortunately their teaching value was compromised by the fear factor which resulted from their behavior. This also compromised the efficiency of the team. It was in fact the lower profile and more introverted competents that really provided the mentoring in my experience. Interestingly, many of the 'Blue Streaks' had great difficulty socializing and interacting outside of the work environment - undoubtedly reflecting some underlying psychopathology. Thanks for an excellent and important article.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    11/05/2017 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    And then there are introverts with strong personalities. I prefer quiet and time to think but have no qualms about pushing back if pushed. I also have zero tolerance for bullying. It brings out the Beast in me.
  23. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Ten Cool Tips to Heat Up Your Business!
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    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    16/05/2017 #12 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    These are cool useful tips @Renée 🐝 Cormierrene Thank you
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    16/05/2017 #11 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you for sharing my post @🐝 Fatima G. Williams!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    11/05/2017 #10 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, Kiran.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    10/05/2017 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Okay some testing a reply using my dictation software. Seems to work pretty good. You gotta love writing without writing.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/05/2017 #8 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #6 Thank you!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/05/2017 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #4 That's a great point, Phil. If you don't ask, you don't get! Thanks for the comment and the share.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    10/05/2017 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    All very valid points. Shared to the Twittersphere
    Phil Friedman
    10/05/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    Renee, have shared this on Business Hub.
    Phil Friedman
    10/05/2017 #4 Phil Friedman
    Renee, great post! Really. I like the caricature. But more important, the tips you present make business sense, in particular, number 4 - "Ask vendors for rebates." I would add that often a vendor will have additional volume discounts that you cannot attain in your current order. Most vendors will decline to make such discounts available just on your projection you will eventually give them more business. However, what I always do and recommend is to ask the vendor to commit to reviewing your overall volume at the end of the fiscal year and applying any attained additional volume discounts retroactively. My experience is that, in 9 out of 10 cases, the vendor will agree to that arrangement. Thanks and cheers!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/05/2017 #3 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, @John White, MBA
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/05/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA can I get a few shares, please?
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    08/05/2017 #1 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, Milos!
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    Graham🐝 Edwards
    10/05/2017 #7 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 Thanks for the comment @Phil Friedman. You are totally right... sometimes it's just not worth it and simply a losing proposition? It's funny how "emotion and math don't mix"... lol
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    10/05/2017 #6 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thanks of the comment @Paul Walters
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    10/05/2017 #5 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks so much for the comment and sharing @Tausif Mundrawala
    Phil Friedman
    04/05/2017 #4 Phil Friedman
    Graham > "Sometimes it is just so broken it can't be easily fixed."

    I'd add "Or the cost of doing is too high to yield anything other than a negative ROI."

    I agree with you, that realism in these matters is crucial. Sometimes it less costly in the longer run just to scrap what's broken and simply start again.

    In my consulting practice, I often speak to people who plan to acquire a old or distressed yacht -- or a business -- at a bargain basement price and rebuild it into something marvelously functional. But the reality is when you start with something that is not working, you have first to strip it, then rebuild it. Which is often more costly in total than simply building a new structure in the first place. Whether that's a yacht or a business.

    Excellent piece, Graham. Cheers!
    Paul Walters
    04/05/2017 #3 Paul Walters
    @Graham🐝 Edwards Great piece ...thank you
    Tausif Mundrawala
    04/05/2017 #2 Tausif Mundrawala
    I can't resist myself sharing this wonderful post my friend,@Graham🐝 Edwards
    Tausif Mundrawala
    04/05/2017 #1 Tausif Mundrawala
    An excellent buzz to end my day with. I like the analogy of burning building. Each and every point you kept forth was worth reflecting upon. I am glad that you shared this buzz with us,@Graham🐝 Edwards
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    17/04/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Second update in this Case Study of crowdshare marketing development.
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