Monthly Archives: May 2010

I was the guest speaker for a CEO webinar today entitled "Four Strategies to Energize Your Business Growth and Thrive in the Recovery."

Our event host polled the 77 B2B companies who participated. We asked three questions.  I wanted to know how effectively and consistently they are positioning their companies for the recovery. Their responses were quite revealing and somewhat disappointing. Let me know if any of these surprise you.

I just discovered a new website and want to share it with you. If you and your teams are in the midst of launching new services or products, this site will save you loads of analysis time.

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Have you seen Wolfram Alpha yet? This tool may just be a category killer against Bing and Google….

I read Monday's article in The Wall Street Journal new research which reveals that women-owned businesses are alot smaller than men-owned companies. The author, Sharon Hadary, claims that "the differences between women and men begin with their own reasons for starting a business."

What role are our current education systems playing in encouraging women to play small, and how do we break free from that limiting paradigm?

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Sharon Hadary and Chris Vaugh (courtesy HerStartup) 

GE CEO Jack Welch once said, “Insecure managers create complexity.” In today’s crazy-busy world, how much additional complexity are you piling onto your employees and clients? Model simplicity, confidence, and security. Speak simply and carry a big message.

A recent global survey published by the Conference Board revealed that CEOs are (finally) shifting their focus to growth. They discovered that the 2008 top priorities–namely worries about global economic performance, business confidence, geofinancial instability and integrity of capital markets–dropped precipitously to the bottom of the list.

Now is the time to shift YOUR focus to growth. Together with my sponsor, Renaissance Executive Forums, I will show you how.

Please join me on May 27, 2010, from 8am-8:50 am PT, 11-11:50 am ET for “Four Strategies to Energize Growth and THRIVE in the Recovery.”…

You have to hand it to the Swedish Royal Family.  They know how to build and defend their brand fortress amidst the cynical masses. And today's organizations, faced with similar wary tribes, can learn from their innovative marketing strategies.

While Magnus and I visited our family in Stockholm last week, we serendipitously chose to stay in Gamla Stan (Old Town) on the exact day of King Carl Gustav's 64th birthday. We spent hours wandering the museums, observing crowds, and basking in 800 years' worth of historical symbols. To top it off, I caught a glimpse of HRH Carl Gustav marching across the Palace courtyard. (see below). That's where the branding campaign started to reveal itself.

Carl Gustav birthday 

I just completed a highly interactive, fun half-day growth planning session with several of the titans of Finnish business.  The general economic malaise that Greece has generated has clearly instilled a sense of trepidation among many of these leaders. In light of the recent barrage of natural disasters, economic crises, and Senate hearings, how much are these companies willing to take risks and grow?

In Finland, the CEOs I met are deeply concerned about the future of their economy….

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