Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

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Lean Business: Lessons from A-Rod

Mike | August 12th, 2013

In the universe of lean marketing tactics, best practice always includes a healthy mix of public relations efforts. Small businesses and startups can often leverage PR to great effect and it is typically one of the most cost-effective ways to generate positive word-of-mouth, build awareness, and grow a nascent brand. But PR in the wrong […]

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Summer Business Books: What to Read Now

Mike | July 15th, 2013

I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazine, blogs, comment threads. Put the written word in front of me, whether on a sheet of paper bound into a book or magazine, or as pixels on a glowing screen and I will consume it. But like most small business owners, I have very little time available for […]

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Lean Business: Save Money, Save the Environment

Mike | June 17th, 2013

Driving to Bloomington a few weeks ago on my way to the older son’s graduation from IU, I was struck as I always am by the sight of a massive windfarm along I65 in central Indiana. Hundreds of gargantuan windmills line the fields in orderly rows almost to the horizon. Spinning slowly and in near-prefect […]

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Making the Leap: Old Career to New!

Mike | June 3rd, 2013

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American will have between 7 and 10 jobs. We are a peripatetic bunch, moving from job to job, location to location pursuing exactly what nobody really knows. But there is a difference between changing jobs and changing careers and it is the latter that we will discuss today. Job […]

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Create Your Own Future

Ross | May 23rd, 2013

Some people are stuck in the present and unable to move forward. Use the future to escape the present. Decide where you’d rather be.

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Small Business and Social Marketing: Time for an Audit?

Mike | May 20th, 2013

Marketing is simple: spend $100 advertising your product or service and earn back $110 for your efforts. This has long been the underlying challenge for businesses large and small:  how do you acquire new customers, convince them to buy more of whatever it is you are selling, get them to tell other’s about your offering, […]

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Reputation and Community

Mike | April 29th, 2013

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about building relationships with your customers that are based on trust, loyalty, transparency, integrity, and honesty. While writing the post, I had in mind a project we have been working on at crowdSPRING for well over a year now. The team is really excited that in the next couple of […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From High School Seniors

Mike | April 22nd, 2013

I have written before about things entrepreneurs can learn from people who come from various walks of life. From athletes we can learn the value focus and training, from comics we learn about of risk-taking, from chefs we learn how to stay creativity under great stress, and from musicians we learn the importance of working […]

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