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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2007’

Comedian

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful entertainers of our time. He had a stand up comedy career in the ’80s that led him to be the highest paid entertainer and to the most popular television program of the ’90s “Seinfeld.” The show ran for nine seasons and won an Emmy. After Jerry finished Seinfeld, he scrapped all of …

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Elevator Pitch: YOUR TV Show Opening Narration

It’s important to have an “elevator speech.” A 30-second summary of what you’re working on to tell the boss… When meeting new people, a quick way to summarize the value of your company and what you do. It can be challenging to boil down what you do into a short blurb… For inspiration, I suggest paying attention to the 30-second …

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New Year’s Resolution: ‘Comp Yourself’

Happy New Year! It’s resolution season. How do you avoid the let-down, after you have enthusiastically created resolutions for a new year, starting with a clean slate, and by February you’ve stopped working at them? Here is a New Year’s Resolution… nay… a life philosophy… that you may adopt that I can nearly guarantee you’ll be able to stick to. …

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Qualities of a Good Leader

How are you performing as a leader? The January issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR) magazine is chock full of great leadership advice. One article that especially stands out is “The Tests of a Leader: What to Ask the Person in the Mirror” by Robert S. Kaplan. On page 90, there is a test yourself section which ask questions within …

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How to Be Different: “Create A Contagion”

The crux of Guy Kawasaki’s book “The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything” is about turning ideas into action! In chapter 9, “The Art of Branding,” Guy offers advice on how to create a remarkable product or brand. Who: Guy Kawasaki What: “Create A Contagion”* What is it? Create “something contagious that infects people …

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Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Ever have information you need to present but just don’t know how to organize it? Knowing a picture is worth a thousand words – something visual would be just the trick. Get inspired by the Periodic Table of Visual Methods on the Visual Literacy website. (Click images for a larger view). Visit the website and roll your mouse over any …

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New Year’s Resolution That’ll Stick – Inbox Sand, Jan. ’07

Happy New Year! Looking for a New Year’s Resolution you may be able to sustain for the year… or for at least a few months? This month I offer a practical and stick-to-able New Year’s Resolution that you just may adopt as a life philosophy. Read this year’s first installment of Sand for Your Inbox titled “Comp Yourself.” If you’d …

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Success Tips for Work… Life…

Looking for some – or more – words to live by? The cartoonist and author Scott McCloud, in his recent book, “Making Comics” offers great advice in his book’s closing. While Scott’s advice is targeted toward cartoonists… It is great work and life advice for everyone. Learn from everyone. Follow no one. Watch for patterns. Work like hell. Scott offers …

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Points of Contact

It’s important to pay attention to the points of contact you have with your customers. These are known as customer touchpoints. These are all the times/places when you or your business comes in contact with customers or potential customers. A simple way Idea Sandbox may connect is illustrated below. I’ve divided these points into four phases… Unaware – unaware of …

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New Year’s Resolution: Comp Yourself

The beginning of a new year is resolution season. How do you avoid the let-down, after you have enthusiastically created resolutions for a new year, starting with a clean slate, and by February you’ve stopped working at them? Here is a New Year’s Resolution… nay… a life philosophy… that you may adopt that I can nearly guarantee you’ll be able …

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