The Fastest Route to Success: Build an Army of Advocates

Business grows best in fertile soil. And nothing makes your marketplace more fertile than having advocates working the soil for you and with you. Recently, I had a very successful consulting session with a small company directly because of a warm referral. I knew nothing about this company before meeting one of the key people […]

Aim at Nothing and You’ll Hit it Every Time

Everyone is not your customer. Would you agree? I hope so. There are people we are best able to serve…and then there’s everybody else. A LOT of everybody else. So we have to take aim. We need to pro-actively define our target market, our target customers. Hopefully, you’ve come to a clear definition of your […]

Solving a Branding Challenge in 30 Seconds

I’ve had to face several significant branding struggles during my 10-year run as a consultant – which actually feels slightly embarrassing to have to admit, given that one of my key messages is developing a succinct and clear brand message! One of my enduring challenges is having two distinct audiences – a group of professionals connected […]

What is Donald Trump Tapping Into?

Let me just state, as I begin this post, that I am not interested in generating a bunch of political commentary. So please refrain – can I get a hearty Amen? What I do want to do is muse a little bit on the phenomenon of the popularity of Donald Trump. Particularly, his branding as a […]

Announcing: Some Bold New Marketing Gibberish

Later this week, I plan to meet with a local marketing agency (Blue Kite Marketing), which has been working on a re-brand for my business. But this post reminded me how much I *love* the marketing babble that accompanies re-branding efforts (especially new logos). You know – like this explanation when Twitter released its new bird […]

What is Your Customer’s Pain?

Think, for a moment, of your customer as a patient in the doctor’s waiting room. “OK, everyone, Monday is splint day!! Whatever your symptoms, we’re handing out splints to fix it. Have a great day!” “Hurrah, it’s Alka Seltzer Tuesday! Everyone gets Alka Seltzer for whatever ails you! Just pay the receptionist and we’ll all be on […]

How to Catch Your Marketplace Wave

  In this current blog series, we’re walking through 20 Clarity Questions (see the 6 questions we’ve covered *below) that every company should answer in order to set a clear business focus and direction. Today, let’s begin to think about your Target Market, starting with the 30,000 foot view. Clarity Question #7 – What are the Important Marketplace Trends Shaping […]

Defining (and doing) YOUR Best Work

I’m asking a series 20 Clarity Questions that every company should be able to answer in order to set a clear business focus and direction. Today, let’s consider together what kind(s) of work you will choose to do – specifically, what is the best work you can be doing. Clarity Question #6 – What’s Your Best Work? If you’ve been in […]

What Do You Think: Is Workstyle Profiling a “Thing”?

  Over a number of years doing career consulting/coaching with individuals, I’ve seen certain patterns in the way people approach their work – and I’d love to get your input about something I’m calling “workstyles.” Essentially, I think we’re wired to approach work (and life) with a certain mentality or approach. We have internal patterns that […]

What is Your Company’s Big-Picture Goal?

  I am blogging about 20 Clarity Questions that we need to answer in order to set our business focus and direction. When we can answer these questions, we’re well on your way to a very clear strategy and message. Let’s consider together the vital question of purpose, and how that will shape the future direction of the company. Clarity Question […]