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July 2012 - PS Insights

VOTING

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Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government-except for all those others that have been tried.” While no one’s suggesting you turn your business into a democracy, you should consider using voting now and then to provide a true perspective on where your team is on key issues. The secret is to vote early and often on lots of issues that can be activated rather than spending huge amounts of time and money leading up to the vote. A painful truism in US politics. A real insight that can be activated more readily in business!

JOB, CAREER, CALLING

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We once heard a great description—the difference between a job, a career and a calling. A job is something you do for money. A career is a succession of jobs, usually to advance title and compensation. A calling is something you do because you’re passionate about it. First prize is for your job to be a step in your career and your career to be your calling.

AUGUST

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Ah, to be French – and simply shut down the country for the month of August. Sadly, Americans are workaholics, so the best we can do is half-day Fridays. However, many of you are sneaking out the whole day; we’ve received a huge influx of “out of office” responses to our Friday July blogs. So we’ll be suspending our Friday blogs until after Labor Day. Enjoy your time off!

REBOOT vs REMAKE

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We were wondering why someone would bother to remake Spiderman. After all, the original was done just 10 years ago. Then we realized! Ten years represents three complete regime turnovers at the movie studio. So no one’s got any memory of what was done (or why) by their predecessors. Do you have “corporate amnesia” within your organization? Who’s the keeper of memory?

LEARN AND SAVE

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A follower, Aaron, wrote about a mentor who told him, “Learn all you can and save your money.” One of the problems with many of today’s newbies is they practice the opposite. Research shows they spend more than they make and learn painful lessons under duress. Learn and save! That pretty much covers it. Best practices are profitable practices.

CONTEXT

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Interesting ad from Acura last week. Headline: “This Is The Car Your Father Would Have Bought If He Hadn’t Had You.” Comment from both of us: Not a great ad—unless you know that it ran in an automotive enthusiasts’ magazine. Then we both liked it. As we move increasingly towards a one-to-one marketing world, you’re going to see more and more of these “we’re just like you” ads. How are you customizing your communications approaches?

TWO WAY LADDER

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One of our followers – Jill – wrote that her father gave her sound mentoring advice: “Always treat the people you meet kindly on your way up the ladder, you never know who you might see on the way back down.” How do you treat the people in your life? Kindness and consideration will pay dividends and avoid possible pitfalls.

100 WEBSITES

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Paul got excited about a TED blog he stumbled upon on Stumble Upon. It’s title was “100 Websites you Should Know and Use.” The excitement passed quickly when he saw that the post was from 2007. That’s pretty much ancient history in web world. In the digital world, currency is currency.

GRILLING

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It’s barbecue season. Beyond the delicious fun of preparing and sharing summer fun food do you look at grilling as a creative art? You should! Experiment with new foods, recipes, combinations and grill challenges in coming up with new inventions and satisfying nourishment. Do it in business, too!

IF YOU SAY IT, DO IT!

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One of our readers (Michele) responded to our mentoring blog by noting her mentor told her, “If you say you are going to do something, then do it.” Great advice. Not only because you get a reputation for being reliable, but you also get a reputation for being a person of your word. How do you do what you say…every day?