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If We’re All in Sales – Who is YOUR Customer?

May 12, 2010


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=shake+hands&iid=87241″ src=”0083/0205d1b2-8854-4b97-890f-3551be442758.jpg?adImageId=12823258&imageId=87241″ width=”500″ height=”333″ /] – Who is your customer? One of the most important things I learned from taking the Dale Carnegie course was this: We are ALL in sales. The point of this mantra was that EVERY interaction provides an opportunity.  An opportunity to make a connection.  An opportunity to […]

Google Owns Its Space. Do You?

May 11, 2010


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=google&iid=7744174″ src=”7/b/7/5/New_Goojje_web_8569.JPG?adImageId=12819282&imageId=7744174″ width=”380″ height=”201″ /] What do the following words have in common? Xerox Kleenex Bandaid Google Did you guess?  They’re all brand names.   AND – the companies involved became so good in their industries – their space – that their brand names became synonymous with their products. For a long […]

Are You the Designer or Engineer of Your Life? Or Are You a Cog in the Machine?

May 4, 2010


Chris Guillebeau at the wonderful blog The Art of Non-Conformity posed this question: How will your choices change the world today? His words moved me: Everyone else is counting on you. We need you. I can’t wait to see how your choices will change the world. All of us make mistakes, sometimes big ones, so you […]

Look again – discover a whole new world

January 27, 2010


So, I had a job interview the other day, which did not go as well as I hoped.  But!  I did get to go downtown, and I was leaving just before sunset, which is a wonderful time for taking pictures.  Thus, my trip was a 2-fer in the goal achieving space, took a step in […]

Day 17 – Honesty is so hard – and so necessary

November 20, 2009


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=truth&iid=238355″ src=”0234/f0a633ae-8e5f-477a-96fd-0063bc7c26d9.jpg?adImageId=7685777&imageId=238355″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /] So today’s focus is on honesty.  Let’s all be honest together! Well, maybe not.  Little white lies help things go so much easier: Sorry kids, McDonald’s closed early.  We’re gonna have to eat leftovers Oh Mom, of course I wore the pants you gave me that look […]

It’s not settling if it’s part of the Plan for World Domination

November 16, 2009


[picapp src=”0256/0a6ee4d5-5b45-408b-b776-3f8c94929fda.jpg?adImageId=7533097&imageId=259761″ width=”234″ height=”331″ /] I am a bit of an Idealist.  For me, Tilting at windmills = cool.  Writing a crappy book in 30 days without hope of publication or payment = sublime. The problem with being an Idealist is that you want and expect everything to be perfect and wonderful, and sometimes you […]

Day 16 – Self Acceptance = Growth + Progress

November 14, 2009


I have a wee, tiny confession to make.  Sometimes I yell at my son.  Loud, angry, guilt-inducing yelling. Until recently, Number 1 Son has been used to succeeding easily in school, waiting until the last minute to get things done and pulling great results out of the fire.  This year, he’s moved to a gifted […]

Day 15 – Want to make a difference? Build courage

November 4, 2009


[picapp src=”f/2/9/1/Businessman_holding_suitcase_f364.jpg?adImageId=7116600&imageId=5117792″ width=”200″ height=”275″ /] A friend of mine from law school ran for local delegate in my district.  He ran as an independent in a district with a strong incumbent, a district whose proud conservative citizens hardly need to know the name(s) of candidates for public office, so long as they know the party. […]