SandBlog 2017-09-10T18:47:55+00:00

Leap Year: How Are You Using Your Extra Day?

How often do we say "Geez, if I only had an extra day?" or "I wish I had a little more time." This year we do! These 24 extra hours give us just over 27 more minutes each week than we had last year. How are you using your bonus time? Give it some thought. It could be just an extra day page to tear off [...]

Starbucks App Is Slick, But Reduces Customers To Transactions

It is an ultimate convenience that you can pre-order Starbucks from your phone. Tap your order into your phone, walk in and pick up your beverage. It is paid for and you skip the line. To some operators, I’ll bet this sounds like the perfect set-up...just take the customer's money and hand them a product. Starbucks can get away with this because they have 20,000 locations. [...]

Solve Problems By Being A Copycat

What other industry has already solved your problem? When faced with a challenge, instead of trying to solve the problem from scratch - find an analog. That is, a comparison model you can copy. Ask yourself who (or what) may have solved a problem similar to yours. A new book Not Invented Here: Cross-Industry Innovation by Ramon Vullings and Mark Heleven helps us think cross-industry. As it [...]

Creative, Elegant Temporary Solutions To Problems

There is construction taking place at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam and a small leak has developed in the roof. They've put a plant in place to catch the leak. Not a mop bucket or 50-gallon trash can. You almost wouldn't notice there was a leak. The watervanger (water catcher) is attractive and the water gets put to use. Of course, addressing the symptom (water on the floor) isn't [...]

Asset-Based Thinking

At first I thought Asset-Based Thinking had something to do with finance and inventory... but the title, "Change The Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking" piqued my interest. This business/self-help book by Kathryn Cramer and Hank Wasiak offers a transformational philosophy, "which can instill success-oriented habits in even the most die-hard cynic." The book starts by introducing Asset-Based Thinking (or ABT) like this... Just think [...]