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Never take NO

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  Never take “no” from someone who does not also have the power to say “yes”. – Eleanor Roosevelt I’m inspired by this, and I often focus the topic of efficacy: ie, our understanding of our capacity to Get Stuff ….»

Posted in Communication, Enterprise, Management, Perception, Small business, Success

JIT training

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  Just in Time (JiT) education & training is ” … the negotiated provision, in corporate (or community) workplaces, of learner-generated immediate skill formation.”* It’s a little like automobile manufacture. Car plants don’t have warehourses full of wheels and windscreens ….»

Posted in Business, Enterprise, Purpose, Small business, Social enterprise, Training

Visualisation

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  I’m increasingly attracted to using ‘focusing’ or visualisation activities, in both my own practice and my own business, and with my coaching clients. The foundation of this is the idea that, to the extent that we can visualise and ….»

Posted in Business, Coaching, Life, Perception, Placebo Effect, Success

Cutting diamonds

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  In The Diamond Cutter, Michael Roche proposes a simple and very powerful way of dealing with your shortcomings or challenges: find someone with a similar challenge and help them with it, that is, with no immediate thought for your ….»

Posted in Business, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Finances, Purpose, Social enterprise, Success, Vocation, Wellness

Profit and value creation

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  … The fundamental mission of a business (is) not profit, but value creation. It sees profit as a vital consequence of value creation – a means rather than an end, a result as opposed to a purpose. The Loyalty ….»

Posted in Business, Customers, Enterprise, Perception, Small business

Business models

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  Business models! There are a hundred ways to skin a cat. I see businesses of certain kinds, like retailers, folding everywhere. It’s not just bookshops any more, it’s pretty much everyone, any high-street-model-reseller. Once 3D printers come of age, ….»

Posted in Business, Enterprise, Finances, Innovation, Management, Small business, Transformation, Uncategorized

Altruism in business

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  A kind of dog-eat-dog mindset seems to be at the heart of many business cultures, capitalism framed as ‘looking after number one’, and if that has to happen at the expense of another, then sorry, it’s just business. I ….»

Posted in Business, Enterprise, Ethics, Perception, Purpose, Small business, Success, Wellness

What you measure is what you get

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  Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. – Milton Friedman I ….»

Posted in Business, Edgeware, Enterprise, Ethics, Finances, Perception, Purpose, Small business, Success

Entry level entrepreneurs are older

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At Edgeware, and in my private practice, we’re moving toward a customer base that is distinctly older. Baby Boom = Entrepreneurship Boom The U.S. may be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom because of its aging population. In the ….»

Posted in Business, Edgeware, Entrepreneurship, Life, Small business

Creative learning gets you high

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  When you are involved in a pleasurable social learning experience, your brain is stimulated by a series of natural chemicals – dopamine, adrenalin and endorphins – often associated with the high experienced using drugs such as cocaine. Human beings ….»

Posted in Creativity, Education, Feelings, Perception, Skills, Success, Transformation

Rope sight

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  In the 16th Century, due to radically improved bell technology, the English developed church bell-ringing into a fabulously complex art form. ‘Ringing the hours’ is a method for ringing a set of bells in various combinations (many with evocative ….»

Posted in Communication, Entrepreneurship, Perception, Purpose, Teams

The placebo effect

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The placebo effect I have a little business on the side, one that grew from a conversation about marketing – and specifically, the trade in intangibles or the ‘experience economy’. It’s called Universal Placebos, and it’s built around the extraordinary ….»

Posted in Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Marketing, Perception, Placebo Effect, Transformation, Wellness

Signs of Creeping Entrepreneurship

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  Since the 90’s there has been a tsunami of studies and treatises and papers about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs; the field has been burgeoning as a subject of research – in other words, as the term gains currency and academics ….»

Posted in Business, Change, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Innovation, Personality, Small business, Social enterprise, Transformation, Vocation, Weirdness

Practical wisdom

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I’m inspired by a presentation at the 2009 TED Conference from Barry Schwartz on the increasing need and value of what he calls ‘practical wisdom.’ He actually mentions Aristotle and the Greek values understood as the ‘virtues’ at one point, ….»

Posted in Customers, Ethics, Knowledge, Life, Management, Purpose, Skills, Wisdom

Persistence

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A number of Edgeware presenters, and writers on entrepreneurship generally, emphasise the value of persistence, of constant striving and application to your business goals. But if you feel you’re not strongly inclined this way, how might you develop this core ….»

Posted in Business, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Perception, Personality, Skills, Small business, Success, Training, Vocation

Optical illusions

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What is this?   We often use optical illusions in Edgeware presentations. They break the ice, and they are a good leader into our position that *the way we see the world is the way the world becomes*.   There’s ….»

Posted in Communication, Education, Marketing, Perception, Skills, Success, Training, Transformation

Johnny Bunko’s six lessons

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 Ever read a business book in manga comic format? That’s what Dan Pink and the illustrator Rob Ten Pas have achieved, and it’s a cracker. Edgeware has used the book as a discussion point for some time now, and feedback ….»

Posted in Business, Change, Customers, Education, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Feelings, Management, Marketing, Purpose, Small business, Success, Training, Vocation, Weirdness

High touch, high concept

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 Interesting to hear the increasing use of the word ‘touch’ in marketing: how many times, and in what way, does your product message and brand ‘touch’ your customers? Daniel Pink says that products and services of the ‘concept economy’ focus ….»

Posted in Business, Change, Communication, Creativity, Customers, Enterprise, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Perception, Vocation

Nouns & verbs

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 Things are fast and getting faster. Whole industry groups, whole professions, are disappearing from view. Who would have thought 10 years ago that General Motors and Chrysler would go broke? What’s missing, and where’s the opportunity?   It’s not a ….»

Posted in Business, Change, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management, Perception, Personality, Skills, Transformation, Vocation

Cash flow

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 If I’m a business educator and I’m trying to convince you that an MBA is worth two years of your life and AUD60,000, it’s in my interest for you to understand business as complex, difficult and arcane, isn’t it? The ….»

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Your business as your baby

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  Starting up, emerging entrepreneurs need mentors, coaches and critical friends. We can think of these as the uncles and aunts to the growing baby. (Edgies so often claim they feel that their *business is their baby*, with all the ….»

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Family, Feelings, Leadership, Life, Management, Perception, Personality, Vocation

Happiness comes from experiences, not things

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From the blog Neuronarrative Not only are people happier experiencing than possessing, but they are also happier having the experience of thinking about possessing something than actually getting it.   Understanding that bit of knowledge about ourselves goes a long ….»

Posted in Change, Customers, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Life, Marketing, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Skills, Success

Decisions on intangibles

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  Intangible values (e.g. brands, data bases, expert knowledge, leadership, productivity) are increasingly important in markets – at least if we use the instrument of stock market valuations rather than the those of accountants. How might we consider them in ….»

Posted in Business, Customers, Knowledge, Management, Marketing, Perception

Thinking/doing good

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“Doing good makes us feel good. Altruism enhances our self-esteem. It gets our eyes off ourselves, makes us less self-preoccupied, gets us closer to the unself-consciousness that characterizes the flow state”  (1).    In other words, caring for others creates a ….»

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Feelings, Leadership, Life, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Skills, Social enterprise, Weirdness, Wisdom

How trees grow

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  It sounds counter-intuitive that, while a tree is rooted in the ground, it actually feeds on what it extracts from the air. I think this is a compelling metaphor for business (and life, if it comes to it): we ….»

Posted in Business, Life, Perception, Personality, Small business, Social enterprise, Success, Teams, Transformation, Vocation, Wisdom