Knowing the Supply Chain

Some companies simply make supply chain decisions never considering the conditions or standards of their sources. They focus solely on price, forgetting there are other serious “costs” involved. As consumers, we often make our decisions the same way.

Go With The Flow

A few years ago I learned a valuable life lesson that I was reminded of again recently. The lesson was fairly difficult to learn and one that I had to experience the opposite of in order to fully understand the depth of its meaning. The life lesson that I learned was to …

Memorial Day Thank You

Today, in the United States, is a day set aside to remember, honor and thank those that have paid the ultimate price for their service to this country. While we may not all agree on our role in world politics I think we can all at least recognize that those that serve …

Cinco de Mayo

It’s not every day that you get to watch people set aside the normal daily cares of life to simply enjoy the art of being. For Luna Azteca, Cinco de Mayo is one of the days. This is the second Cinco de Mayo I’ve been lucky enough to share with these beautiful …

Leading with Values

Today, two news articles popped out at me. One was about Zappos “squishy” culture and the  other was about Panera’s profit from shared values. The message is clear: people care about values. Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and other publications as well as the swelling number of books written about profit built on …

Strategy in 5 Easy Steps

Ask most executives about their new year strategy development and you get the sense that strategy is a four letter word.  Most of us realize that strategy is important we just don’t like doing it.  It’s too complicated to figure out, put into practice and to track.  Usually we do one of …

The Stories in our Head

The stories in our head can make or break our relationships, work, recreation, health—everything that’s important to us. I wonder how many good businesses fail because of the stories in people’s heads?

Transforming Systems

Effective systems are critical to success. Businesses have multiple systems: lead generation, sales, accounting, workflow, customer service, etc.  These systems and processes are set in place at the beginning however once set up, should be reviewed regularly. Adapting to unforeseen variables, technology, social behavioral changes and expectations, and innovations is an ongoing …

Outstanding

When you’re thinking about marketing, you already know you need an outstanding idea. You will have mere seconds to communicate it. Less than a year ago The Associated Press claimed our attention span is 8 seconds, shorter than a decade previous. People obsess over making those seconds count, scrambling to rise above …

Honest Words

Another popular Darwin misquote came through my Facebook feed yesterday. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. While I would love to use that sentiment to talk about sustainable business practices, Darwin never …

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