Who talks to your clients every day? Is it you? Is it your salespeople? Is it the teams that serve your customers? Who listens to your clients every day?  What customer-centric means Being customer-centric is not just about appreciation gifts, cards on birthdays, and a friendly demeanor.  Being customer-centric means innovating for customers, not against…

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Have you ever thought to yourself: “I wish my employees were more entrepreneurial?” Immediately followed by the question: “If they were entrepreneurial, wouldn’t they start a business instead of work for me?”.  Not necessarily: there is a difference between the words entrepreneur and entrepreneurial.  Let’s explore it.  Know how to spot opportunities Let me start…

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The following is a recording of an online conversation I had with Tanya Osensky about business continuity: what it is, why it matters, and how to do it. I shared this as part of my Events list, but I am receiving always more questions about this subject matter, so it is worth highlighting as its…

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This saying from ancient Greek, “know thyself”, is often used as a warning against boastfulness. That’s good advice when it comes to describing your competitive advantage.  You don’t want a value proposition that merely says you are better than the competition. Indeed, you don’t want a value proposition that talks about your competition at all. …

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Last week’s conversation with Mark Galvin on his How’s my ePresence podcast covered many different subjects, once of which was conflicting opinions in the workplace. It is not the first time that I have warned against the dark side of “hiring for culture“. When hiring, you want to make sure you are allowing for, and…

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It is a common trope that failure is a lesson. The question is: are we learning it? In school, we had lesson plans, curricula, lectures, and homework. To truly learn our lessons from failure – or mistakes, or problems, or imperfections – we need a lesson plan.  When you find that something has gone wrong…

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Learn the Lessons

Last week we discussed the risks associated with making hiring decisions based exclusively on company culture.  If your business lacks a diversity of ability and thought, it will struggle to grow and develop.  This week, let’s dive into a few of these risks to see them in action.  Skills diversity You will always need people…

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“Will our current self-isolation change business forever?” The question everybody is asking. People want to know if things will ever “get back to normal” and what life will look like when it does. Will it be a new normal? In two particular ways, we can hope that it will. One: Risk is real  The next…

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It is a growing trend to see businesses allocate specific time to strategy and innovation. And that’s a good thing. But it shouldn’t stop there. Innovation will be effective if it is based on the correct information. That information gathering should be happening continuously. Here are two ways you can build innovative thinking into your…

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This weekend we will see the opening of the FIFA Women’s World Cup; that is the soccer world cup of women’s national teams. You may already be familiar with my soccer/business analogy, and how a well-run business also has a front office, a midfield, and a defense.  Women’s soccer specifically brings us another analogy about…

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