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Starbucks and Invisible Branding

Starbucks is going to stop selling heated breakfast sandwiches because the smell of the food competes with the scent of the coffee. That’s a gutsy move. After all, it has taken Starbucks years and investment to figure out a strategy and product to help provide protein foods versus just sweets and pastries during the morning daypart. Parity & Convenience Starbucks …

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

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A Flying Car, Ashes, Dick van Dyke, and Innovation

Have you ever seen the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Here’s a quick plot summary from Amazon.com: Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives but also flies and floats as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally …

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Jack of All Trades, Master of One

The dusty adage “Jack of all trades, master of none” is defined as… “A person who can do many different types of work but who is not necessarily very competent at any of them.” So we work to be a master. That sums up our basic evaluation system. Our job performance is based on meeting or exceeding the expertise outlined …

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Fresh Eyes Approach to Problem Solving

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Pave Road

Pave Your Life Roadmap

Are you trying to figure out what to do with your life? What to be when you grow up? This installment of “Sand for Your Inbox” is a special edition. I have handcrafted a proven technique that will help you answer these important questions. (No, really!) Some years ago, I was trying to figure this out for myself. I did …

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Where have you been?

It is hard to believe how many nice, bored, girls with private photos want to chat with me.

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Great Happens, It’s Tough to Always Be Good

In Steve Martin’s memoir, Born Standing Up, Steve shares the challenge of trying to consistently provide a “good” performance. I see a direct relationship between what Steve comments about and the same concept in business… specifically customer service. The consistent work enhanced my act. I learned a lesson. It was easy to be great. Every entertainer has a night when …

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Practice the 4 REs Constantly

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Happy 2008

In addition to wishes of health and happiness in the New Year, I wish you… great ideas better decisions innovative solutions Happy New Year! Paul

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