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  1. 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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    Don 🐝 Kerr
    24/06/2017 #60 Don 🐝 Kerr
    What a very smart idea @Phil Friedman
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    24/06/2017 #59 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #53 An interesting approach to the issue of patenting. I'm sure that such concept has many patentable engineering features. I like your idea of a purpose-built dolly/cradle that enables a boat to sit at an angle.
    It's obviously a very promising project in which every aspect has been thought out carefully. Congrats!
    Gerald Hecht
    24/06/2017 #58 Gerald Hecht
    #54 @Phil Friedman A true Hybrid! Hannibal's Elephants meets Omaha Beach, meets "the Troy stuff", meets Vedic Rituals floating magestically down the Ganges at Dusk...meets Noah doing his drunken "dove with branch in beek dance" ; oh it could make a paranoid startup guy (like Mr.Uber --played by a Holographically resurrected Peter Sellers) wander what other "radioactive mousetraps" may be amongst us.

    A strong argument against paranoia.

    Anyway..."high along the bowline we sing that melody ; like all tough sailors do, whilst far away at sea"
    https://youtu.be/Ke8uZIvPa7w
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/06/2017 #57 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #54 The idea, I hadn't seen your quip to Matt.

    @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood i think GF in a Box may be illegal or unlawful. There is a difference

    Unlawful is prohibited by law.
    Illegal is a sick bird.
    Gerald Hecht
    24/06/2017 #56 Gerald Hecht
    @Phil Friedman We've done it!!! An entire fleet of fireproof "TROJAN HORSE ARKS"! HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA!

    If the world wants a change of survival...well --we're not without empathy; so long as they have...
    ...ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
    HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA!HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA!HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA!HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA!...or we may just forget to apply the fireproof foam to a little corner --"ah well you were a little short of the million; so one fo the Trojan Arks; transformed into a Trojan Funeral Pyre...(which btw, is also our invention...another million for the sneak peek; the brochures weren't back from the printers yet); they were for our "Final Expense/Reverse Mortage Buster Project" anyway
    Laurent Boscherini
    24/06/2017 #55 Anonymous
    Thank you @Phil Friedman for sharing your very timely project, so well explained on your website. I am very far from your stellar professional experience, I am just a very humble and seasonal "boater", may I suggest you to extend your brilliant concept with wintering solutions affordable, steered by valuable strategic partnerships. Your turnkey solution (All In One) will cover efficiently that world market as a profitable "Niche" to develop, increase and maintain a sustainable and responsable boating's approach. Well done Phil !
    Phil Friedman
    24/06/2017 #54 Phil Friedman
    #51 Thank you, Paul, for saying so. But are you talking about my quip to @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood or the Boat-In-a-Box concept? Seriously, I think, for the most part, only boating people with some experience, who have harbored dreams of cruising their own boats in the more exotic waters of the world, will truly understand what this is all about. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    24/06/2017 #53 Phil Friedman
    #47 I was surprised as well, Lada, to see so many comments. I agree with you that this is basically an engineering solution to a problem faced mainly experience yachting men and women who would love to cruise their own boats in remote and exotic locations around the world, but who can only manage to get away for a few week to may a month or two max at a time. And who cannot afford both to have a yacht AND pay tens of thousands of dollars to have it freighted around as deck cargo or in the few special purpose dry-dock style carriers that operate.

    To speak candidly, I did not expect much of a response on beBee at all. And in fact wasn't looking for one -- although I greatly appreciate the kind support expressed by so many here and, for example, the great suggestion PM'd to me by @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. I posted this primarily as a gambit relating to potential patent issues.

    In this process of development, my group was faced with potentially having the concept patented out from under us. So rather than spend the tens of thousands of dollars required to secure a concept patent (to be distinguished from a design patent), the decision was made to publish the idea on social media. Which under U.S. law, puts the concept into the public domain and prevents it from being patented. Some might see that as a disadvantage, but we don't, as there are still numerous patentable engineering features remaining that are essential to actually executing the core concept properly.

    Thank you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, for your interest and support. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    24/06/2017 #52 Phil Friedman
    #46 Thanks, Todd, for taking an interest. If you'd like to receive regular updates on developments in the project, please go to the website and click to receive updates by email. To answer your specific question, we are working on building a network of strategically-placed staging "depots" to ease the process of moving the boats around. But haven't yet considered the question of short-term slips as the emphasis has been on people wanting to cruise (move around in the local waters) of prime destinations far from their home waters of operation. Now that you mention it, I am going to think about eventually lining up local marinas to offer a "club" discount, if booked through Boat-In-a-Box. Will keep you posted. Cheers!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/06/2017 #51 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Effing BRILLIANT!
    Phil Friedman
    24/06/2017 #50 Phil Friedman
    #48 Matt, have you tried dating a Zombie or a Vampire?
    Phil Friedman
    24/06/2017 #49 Phil Friedman
    #43 Thank you, Gerry, for sharing this post. Hope all is okay down there by you in Hurricane Alley. Cheers!
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    24/06/2017 #48 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    Can you do girlfriend in a box too? Buzz On!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    24/06/2017 #47 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Phil, I was surprised to see so many comments on this thread, because it's a kind of topic intended for a niche target audience. Then, I sadly realized that most of the comments have nothing to do with the post topic.
    Frankly, I am becoming tired of reading such so-called satirical remarks, the aim of which is only to provoke the author.
    I see your boat-in-a-box project as a smart engineering solution. Wish you all success with your full-size working prototype, as well as the crowdfunding effort.
    Todd Jones
    24/06/2017 #46 Todd Jones
    Ambitious initiative, @Phil Friedman! I will be following developments with keen interest. This sounds ideal for a guy like me that would like to escape NY's brutal winters aboard my boat, but doesn't have the time to pilot it down the Intercoastal to warmer climes. It would also be great if you could develop a network of participating marinas that could help Boat-In-A-Box owners secure short term slip rentals during the busy winter season.
    siraj shaik
    24/06/2017 #45 siraj shaik
    @Phil Friedman Congratulations! you have sparked superb innovative concept and sure your innovative flare will ignite more businesses to look into this methodology. Rock on. 👍
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    24/06/2017 #44 Javier 🐝 beBee
    🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
    Gerald Hecht
    24/06/2017 #43 Gerald Hecht
    #42 @Javier 🐝 beBee ahh; so has reverted to the nickname "Rob"...I like it! It's very friendly...welcoming even --in this time of Rapidly deteriorating ecological/environmental and geopolitical uncertainty!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    24/06/2017 #42 Javier 🐝 beBee
    "Anonymous" are Bacal's comments. This issue will be solved in the next release. We are working hard on it but we are delayed. Have a great day and congratulations ! I really love to see new projects, new ventures. Thanks
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    24/06/2017 #41 Javier 🐝 beBee
    I don't understand how somebody can be so unwise trying to "engage" with someone who doesn't want to communicate with you. Wasps are removed from beBee. Bees are welcome. Wasps will be always removed.
  2. 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!
  3. 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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    Michael O'Neil
    22/06/2017 #14 Anonymous
    I once attended a "committee" set up to streamline and reduce the burgeoning number of committees. After 15 minutes of babble I did a quick calculation of the cost to the company of the meeting attendees and suggested we might want to quickly define some success metrics so we could show our return on investment. I was not invited to subsequent meetings. Useful work was done in the time freed up.

    If you think you need a committee to design anything, you haven't organized your work properly. Committees mostly exist for socialization, and decisions are not made in a socialization context.

    Having an owner, and that they are the only owner, is not enough. It is exercising ownership that matters.

    "A camel is a horse designed by committee” is a maxim designed by an ill informed committee. It ignores facts of zoology and geography. It speaks of the ignorance of those who first coined it. A committee in the Middle East would probably have come up with "A horse is a camel designed by committee"

    It would be interesting to see the impact on your ability to recruit if you aired your hiring decision making process with the candidate pool.
    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!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/06/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I am little less subtle so if I was the hiring managed and asked "Who owns the hiring decision",

    If the sheepish voice replied "The Hiring Manager"

    then my natural response would have mostly likely been BOOYAH !!!

    Booyah would mean I totally own this so don't mess with the best.
    Lyon Brave
    22/06/2017 #3 Lyon Brave
    @Graham🐝 Edwards

    You discuss how you were in a position to make a decision after hearing out input, but you don't discuss what you were looking for in applicants, what blew you away and what turned you off. A young person like me is very curious to know what gives the hiring team green lights vs red lights on an applicant.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    22/06/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Well, you've succinctly described why the recruiting process is so inhumane, @Graham🐝 Edwards. There is a whole structure that obfuscates the fact that the rubber meets the road when the manager and potential future employee have an open, honest exchange of information about the work that needs to get done in the role.

    Many business processes are ripe for the reminder that all that is truly necessary is to get the info the owner actually needs to have at their disposal in order to execute a decision. The rest is unnecessary overhead.
  4. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    19/06/2017
    The Golden Rules Of Business Acquisition  (A Bullet Proof Post)
    The Golden Rules Of Business Acquisition (A Bullet Proof Post) One of the common threads that have 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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!
  9. 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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  10. Phil Friedman

    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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  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Ten Cool Tips to Heat Up Your Business!
    Ten Cool Tips to Heat Up Your Business!Sometimes all we need to "heat up" our business is a little reminder of things we should keep an eye on. Below are ten memes with cool little business tips that will hopefully either spark a new idea or reignite and old one! There's also an extra...
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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!
  16. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Sometimes when the building is on fire...
    Sometimes when the building is on fire...Wouldn't it be great if "everything" worked out perfectly one hundred percent of the time... all of the time? Well we know that doesn't happen; the same as we know that "everything" doesn't work zero percent of the time. On average I would say the...
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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
  17. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    09/04/2017
    This ongoing case study in social media marketing presents an opportunity to help shape a marketing program while at the same time observe what works and what doesn't, from the ground up...
    Phil Friedman
    CASE STUDY: Marketing the Micro Personal Theater
    www.bebee.com THIS IS A REAL-TIME, REAL-WORLD CASE STUDY IN MARKETING A NEW PRODUCT... Preface: Most case studies in business are performed after the fact,...
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    Phil Friedman
    17/04/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Second update in this Case Study of crowdshare marketing development.
  18. Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Understanding Blogging & Social Media
    Marketing and consumer behavior
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Understanding Blogging & Social Media
    blog.markgrowth.com Marketing and consumer...
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    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    05/04/2017 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #5 Thanks for your feedback @Phil Friedman.. I really appreciate this.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    05/04/2017 #6 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Thanks @Claire L Cardwell I appreciate your support#4
    Phil Friedman
    04/04/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley brings fresh perspective and solid experience to this important subject for small-business people.
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/04/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the link @Donna-Luisa Eversley! Great article am sharing it!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    04/04/2017 #3 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #2 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador.. I'm hoping sharing some posts of this nature will inspire folks to embrace opportunities through different understanding.. Waiting on the new platform to do something 'different 'here 😉
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    03/04/2017 #2 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    A must read by Queen Bee, Donna-Luisa.
  19. ProducerKohei Kurihara

    Kohei Kurihara

    27/03/2017
    Marketing Case Study Toyota 36
    Marketing Case Study Toyota 36Panasonic also announced to invest automatic driving technologies. Japanese company following these momentum beyond the specific business development. Existing electric player, Sony, Panasonic potentially applying internal team to referable new...
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    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    27/03/2017 #5 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    presented in an excellent way, a pleasure to read!
    Milos Djukic
    27/03/2017 #3 Anonymous
    #2 I agree @John White, MBA, Great series about "How to develop the global brand" - Marketing case studies in Japan by @Kohei Kurihara-san. A must read for all marketers.
    John White, MBA
    27/03/2017 #2 John White, MBA
    Wow, exquisite post @Kohei Kurihara. Thanks for the tag @Milos Djukic.
  20. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    The Lemonade Stand — A way of thinking.
    The Lemonade Stand — A way of thinking.There they were in the distance waiting for what would probably be the first customer of the day; as I continued to walk up the street the tentative excitement became palpable Three little girls and their lemonade stand — A card table, a pitcher of...
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    Graham🐝 Edwards
    23/03/2017 #11 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #6 This is a great story and example @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher... thank you for sharing!. I will admit I do like a big white board and many colourful markers. : )
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    23/03/2017 #10 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 Thanks for your insight @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA. I know a CEO who felt the company was getting away from the fundamentals and rallied every person in the company (~10,000) around the 4Ps. I remember presenting to him as he started his roll out, and for him it was a non negotiable.... I don't think you were out to lunch at all, and were spot on.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    23/03/2017 #9 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thanks for your comment @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    23/03/2017 #8 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks very much @Phil Friedman. I've discovered you really can't get much done unless you have a good operational foundation.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    23/03/2017 #7 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #1 Thank you so much @Renée 🐝 Cormier!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/03/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I love your use of the lemonade stand (selling lemonade) as an intro to the analogy you use in this buzz. The 4 P's make total sense to me. I only ran one business on for myself long ago. I quit work after I gained enough clients to stay home and babysit. I had a set price before I began, each parent received a report at the end of each day with activities that were done, times naps were taken, food(s) eaten, anything I noticed that seemed to be out of character and of course a verbal report for those who weren't in a hurry to run as soon as they walked in. I expected to be paid every other Friday, and I also gave the parents a list of the days off I would take during the year, barring anything unexpected. It worked well for me and for them. I realize I'm not talking about Corporate America but that was a part of my life for over 2 years and I took my job seriously. I wanted the kids to be happy, the parents and of course myself too. I really enjoyed it. My husband, on the other hand, has a white board in his office at home with is business model, it looks a bit similar. I will have to share this with him and of course, others! PS: First time I've heard of the 4 P's, it's different when you are working for and with your husband ;-) I call myself his gal friday.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/03/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #4 Many times I repeated that it is simple rules that lead to complexity. SImple rules are the the flapping wings of butterflies and these flapping lead to complexity.
    I therefore concur completely with @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA View more
    #4 Many times I repeated that it is simple rules that lead to complexity. SImple rules are the the flapping wings of butterflies and these flapping lead to complexity.
    I therefore concur completely with @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA and her writing "When they are in the midst of complex situations, simple models, tools, and metaphors can help people make sense out of confusing dynamics. This is particularly when they are facing a time crunch.
    Thank you @Graham🐝 Edwards for stimulating these discussions. Close
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    18/03/2017 #4 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    The title grabbed my attention because of what was once a popular business simulation called The Accounting Game. It taught participants how to read a financial statement and understand ratios through a simulation of a child running a lemonade stand. Often, simplicity is the best approach to conveying complex concepts.

    That brings me to the models you shared. For a long time, I used the 4Ps model as a way of introducing groups to the power of analytical grids. I stopped when an executive who had engaged me to work with his team dismissed it as archaic, tired, and WAY too basic. He did this in front of his entire team and it was embarrassing. I had sent him a very detailed outline or what I proposed to cover and, based on the profiles his team completed, people were not familiar with the model. He never had the "time" to review what I proposed or tweak the agenda to reflect his preferences. In retrospect, he was pushing his own hot buttons and not the teams. This is a trap into which many leaders fall.

    I think one of the most powerful things team leaders and facilitators can do is help team members bring order out of chaos and simplicity out of complexity. When they are in the midst of complex situations, simple models, tools, and metaphors can help people make sense out of confusing dynamics. This is particularly when they are facing a time crunch.

    Thank you for sharing this. Perhaps I was not out to lunch after all. What do other people think?
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    18/03/2017 #3 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Works everytime thanks
    Phil Friedman
    18/03/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Thank God for @Graham🐝 Edwards. I am so fed up with hearing social media would-be marketing Gurus telling people to concentrate on producing a quality product and a top rate customer "experience" and forget about price. It is advice that more often than not leads to failure. Graham's 4P quadratic is ever so much more realistic and based on real world experience. Kudos for a great piece, Graham. Am sharing it as well to the Business Hub hive.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    17/03/2017 #1 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Well done, Graham! Business is nothing without strategy and implementation. This is a great educational piece. Shared all over for you. :)
  21. Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Failing Up
    blog.markgrowth.com There is only one ‘F’ word we fear as business...
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    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    17/03/2017 #2 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Yes we can @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt :-) #1
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    17/03/2017 #1 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Can we work on something together?
  22. ProducerBinoj Nair

    Binoj Nair

    15/03/2017
    How did beBee help us to flourish our business?
    How did beBee help us to flourish our business?I was tired of utilizing the same common social platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for promoting my business in the digital world. I really wanted to try out something new, so as to take off my business to greater heights. I used to spend...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    05/04/2017 #12 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Great post! :)

    beBee will become, one day, the choicest medium for millions, and it has become the foremost publishing platform for those who enjoy writing and build affinity by their writings.

    Let's all keep the passion for boosting beBee and be amazing everyday!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    05/04/2017 #11 Javier 🐝 beBee
    many thanks @Binoj Nair. This is really great.

    "What makes BeBee to stand out amongst the competitors, are a few extraordinary features. BeBee merges the business interests of the users along with their personal hobbies through various hives, wherein people can share the content with like-minded people. BeBee offers a universal social profile which incorporates all of their interests. With the help of BeBee, I could easily put out my business interests, including what we are exactly looking for along with the related interests of my firm and team"

    @Ivan Nikkhoo
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    17/03/2017 #9 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Hello Binoj. Just curious. Is Allianze a Company or a partnership.

    Also do you have any representative in Delhi whom i can meet in person.

    I like your content. If you have done any Govt projects i might even have work for you.

    Prior to a phonecall some disclosures will really help. Are you interested?
    Linda Adams
    17/03/2017 #8 Linda Adams
    Thank you for sharing, I read your article with interest. I have had more interaction in the 3 days I've been a member here, than ever I had on Facebook from a business point of view.
    Yedu 🐝 Panicker
    16/03/2017 #7 Yedu 🐝 Panicker
    Great Buzz @Binoj Nair, This honey is really very valuable & informative. keep on buzzing !!! Good Luck.
    cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    16/03/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Well said, @Binoj Nair. beBee is the "Bee SUCCESSFUL in business".
    Paul Walters
    16/03/2017 #5 Paul Walters
    @Binoj Nair The old addage 'cooking with gas ' will soon be replaced with " cooking with honey"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/03/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Nice buzz and great to hear the good news!
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    15/03/2017 #3 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    Great Buzz! and Buzz On!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    15/03/2017 #2 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Many thanks @Binoj Nair for your words . "BeBee is one of the best thing that has happened to my business in the past couple of months. BeBee merges the business interests of the users along with their personal hobbies through various hives, wherein people can share the content with like-minded people. " CC @Juan Imaz @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood @Ivan Nikkhoo
    David B. Grinberg
    15/03/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Binoj! 👏🎯👍
    cc; @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA
  23. ProducerMichael Adams

    Michael Adams

    08/02/2017
    Business failure, the mental strain and road to recovery
    Business failure, the mental strain and road to recoveryIt's now 2017 and I have been pressured to share an article I wrote in 2 phases back in April 2013. I can confirm that my open heart surgery was a success and life is great. Hope this helps.The UpdateI first published this temporary episode of my...
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    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #20 Paul Walters
    @Michael Adams Now here is a piece that really resonated with me. How hopes and dreams can, and often do disappear in a blink of an eye. So many times when running my own business I had my back to the wall and was hanging on by ones fingertips. Its a terribly lonely existence and makes you ill ( as you found out) Glad to hear that now all is well... suck the life out of every day!!!! Now go grab it!!!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/02/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #8 I shouldn't read so late... I think it was close to 5am, for some reason I thought you were awaiting the surgery. Phew, glad it's done, went well and life is better :))
    Mohammed Sultan
    08/02/2017 #18 Mohammed Sultan
    #11 Pushed by your passion and love of your business and family as a wise leader you will always ask WHAT NEXT?
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #17 Michael Adams
    #16 I have humbled by your kind word, Thank you. Michael
    Rekha Singh
    08/02/2017 #16 Rekha Singh
    Truly needed at this moment....your thoughts has inspired me a lot...10 points in article/buzz will always be remembered ....thank you for sharing your life experience. Sometimes, they act as magical in someone's life.....wishing you winning life ahead...
    Katie Price
    08/02/2017 #15 Katie Price
    #1 Nice Post and very informative thanks you for sharing with us.
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #14 Michael Adams
    #10 Thank you Sharon, I never fail to be humbled by the sincerity that is shown when we share at the human level. Blessings to you and yours.
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #13 Michael Adams
    #2 Thankyou. It was my pleasure to share as there are lessons for all of us. I love what I do, but I love life more. If it can help, then it has served its purpose. Regards Michael
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #12 Michael Adams
    #3 Thank you for your most sincere welcome and I will most definitely keep in touch.
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #11 Michael Adams
    #4 Thanks Mohammed Sultan, the biggest lesson I have gleaned from my experience, is that the right time is always NOW! It's about what I do next, then the future takes care of itself. Michael
    Sharon Fulgenzi
    08/02/2017 #10 Sharon Fulgenzi
    Thank you for sharing your story! Good luck in all you do in the future. This is certainly something for all to remember. Truly inspirational with your positive and motivating attitude. All the Best @Michael Adams.
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #9 Michael Adams
    #5 Thanks for the welcome, Javier.
    Michael Adams
    08/02/2017 #8 Michael Adams
    #6 Hi Lisa, thanks for your kind words. I actually had the surgery back in September 2014 and I'm now back to normal. I am one of those folks who have nothing but praise for the NHS. They were magnificent. Godd to be back out there. Will most definitely keep writing. Michael
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/02/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    It did read, I can tell by your positive attitude the surgery will go well! Not sure where that part went below
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/02/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wow, what a powerful story @Michael Adams. First, good luck with your heart valve surgery. I can tell by your positive attitude. Your story of work and ego along with the stress of running your own business really hit home. I need to share this with my husband. Thank you for sharing such an honest and deep story which Im sure many can relate to the type A aspect of your work ethic which youve made positive changes ! Wishing you a smooth surgery and please keep us updated and keep writing!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    08/02/2017 #5 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Michael Adams thanks for sharing it ! Welcome to beBee !
    Mohammed Sultan
    08/02/2017 #4 Mohammed Sultan
    @ Michael Adams.Life is like walking a tight robe ,to keep your balance you have to keep walking,but to keep walking while juggling two balls (family and work) on the air is not so easy and is not within the power of everyone .To run successful career as a consultant one should have the focus and fuel,patience and energy; to do the right thing,at the right time,for the right purpose,with the right client and in the right way.Thank you for entertaining our thoughts on beBee.
    Phil Friedman
    08/02/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    Michael, I personally do not normally overtly extend a formal "welcome" to those who join beBee. But your truly fine piece of writing here moves me, in this instance to say, "welcome ". I am sharing your piece in the Business Hub hive, where we search for posts about real business by real business people. My best to you on the next leg of your journey. Please keep us all posted -- and honest. Cheers!
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    08/02/2017 #2 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Thanks for sharing your experience @Michael Adams
    Katyan Roach
    08/02/2017 #1 Katyan Roach
    Loved this @Michael Adams!
  24. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    04/02/2017
    Why The Value Of Experience Should Never, Ever Be Underestimated In Today's World
    Why The Value Of Experience Should Never, Ever Be Underestimated In Today's WorldThe words in quotes in the graphic you see here are true. The guy who is quoted is an extremely talented, no, gifted, individual with the uncanny ability to look at any sort of marketing problem that needs to be solved and come up with an innovative...
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    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #32 Gerald Hecht
    #31 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador yep...you buy the ticket...you take the ride!
    Wayne Yoshida
    06/02/2017 #30 Wayne Yoshida
    #26 #27 Classic piece from @Phil Friedman
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #27 Gerald Hecht
    #26 @Phil Friedman continually...
    Phil Friedman
    06/02/2017 #26 Phil Friedman
    #24 @Gerald Hecht, my dear and valued co-archivist of The Scrolls of Chung King (circa 650 AD), as you, I do not pretend to be a vessel of wisdom, but only a humble keeper and purveyor of the Wisdom of Chung King, a cuisine to feed the soul. I hope that your toil in the restoration of The Scrolls has given you as much pleasure and satisfaction as it has given me. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/six-life-lessons-for-today-from-chung-king
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #25 Gerald Hecht
    #22 @Wayne Yoshida Actually, my feline mentor was raised on a diet of classic matches from the "golden age" of the "sweet science":
    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=-5wUBQLebGE
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #24 Gerald Hecht
    #21 @Phil Friedman Best definition of wisdom I've ever seen --The archivers have already cited you and preserved it; on a personal level --I am most grateful.
    Wayne Yoshida
    06/02/2017 #23 Wayne Yoshida
    #19 @Phil Friedman - Yeah, I know. Krispy Kreme are OK and close to my house, so convenient. Someone told me about this place: http://www.psychodonuts.com/

    But might be too psycho for me, sugar-wise. Like you said -- surviving abuse does not make you stronger, it just makes you sick!

    Here is another "lost in translation" food place, similar to KFC in Taiwan: Domino's Pizza in Tokyo.
    Wayne Yoshida
    06/02/2017 #22 Wayne Yoshida
    #16 @Gerald Hecht Cat experiment? You mean like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gl7xr5rftc
    Phil Friedman
    06/02/2017 #21 Phil Friedman
    #20 Precisely, @Gerald Hecht, that which does not kill you doesn't always make you stronger. Sometimes -- perhaps more often than we like to admit -- it just wears you down. At some point, you need to decrease the number of mistakes you make and lower the rate at which you make them, or ... die. It's called learning from one's mistakes and is something we all need to do more frequently.
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #20 Gerald Hecht
    #19 @Phil Friedman So...as much as I was hoping...there are, in fact, no shortcuts...no loopholes on the journey towards wisdom.

    I guess I always suspected as much; in retrospect, it does seem that Jim Morrison doth protested too much...too frequently repeating that old Blake deal about "the Road of excess leading to the palace of wisdom"...unless the palace of wisdom is a bathtub in a cheap (though tastefully appointed) Paris hotel room.
    Phil Friedman
    06/02/2017 #19 Phil Friedman
    #14 @Gerald Hecht, that will not work. Consciously intended mistakes don't count toward experience. Only blind, unthinking ones. Also mistakes alone do not teach one anything, except how to go on making mistakes. You need to accumulate countervailing knowledge, for example, that since no self-respecting Canuck eats anything other than Tim Horton's donuts, and since Tim Horton is a chain, the donuts in St. Catherines are just like the donuts in Toronto, or Mississauga, or Guelph, or Burlington -- and one hundred times better than the Krispy Creme crap that @Wayne Yoshida seems to like. BTW, some mistakes don't make you stronger, just sick to your stomach. Like Kentucky Fried Chicken in Taiwan.
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #18 Gerald Hecht
    #12 @Jim Murray so this Saint Catherine's has better donuts than Toronto even? That's pretty cool.
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #17 Gerald Hecht
    #11 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador yes, but remember-- this only applies if the experience is survivable !
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #16 Gerald Hecht
    #9 @Wayne Yoshida yes...my cat has taught me much; so far it's only cost her two lives...she doesn't realize that I don't have the luxury of not having a method section before beginning the experiments.

    But there are worse things than having your mentor fall asleep out of boredom with the painfully slow progress of their student...I guess...
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #15 Gerald Hecht
    #8 @Kevin Pashuk I think you lost me at the end...oh...I see no...wait; was I taking out loud?
    Gerald Hecht
    06/02/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    #7 @Phil Friedman I can't wait 'till Mardi Gras...my plan is make a ton of stupid mistakes ver a short period of time; towards the goal of gaining experience; I am inspired! I hope I'm prepared; or ...umm.. no it's better to not be prepared or it can't possibly work...it could fail anyway...Yes! Good!
  25. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Jenny and the Unicorn: A business fable for those in need of leads that convert
    Jenny and the Unicorn: A business fable for those in need of leads that convertIt was another grey winter day and Jenny, who was constantly trying to find interesting ways to market her consulting business had just about had enough. Her business was in a lull and it was making her nervous. “How can I get more clients to pay...
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    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    02/02/2017 #7 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Good Luck :)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    02/02/2017 #6 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    This was a perfectly illustrated predicament and turn-around, @Renée 🐝 Cormier. I am sure many people can now come up with their own actionable insight for how to create the right kind of collateral to improve their business development funnel.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    02/02/2017 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #4 It's all good! I'll take it!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    02/02/2017 #4 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    #3 Not a huge hive, but maybe a bite. Ya never know. :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/02/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, @John White, MBA. Always appreciated!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/02/2017 #1 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing, @Phil Friedman
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