Category: Planning

The connection between the tolerance for calculated risk and financial confidence.

Ever wonder why some leaders avoid taking risks in their roles, and default to status quo? I have a theory about this. I believe that without strong personal financial confidence, every decision, no matter how small, feels risky. Leaders lose the ability and courage to garner budget commitment and innovate.

I see a clear connection between the tolerance for calculated risk and financial confidence. Here is how my theory evolved.

Last summer, our financial adviser of 13 years changed careers, leaving us with “Gary,” a new broker….

Now is the time to explore, identify, and implement proactive marketing strategies. Waiting another 1-2 months may be too late. These are some strategic questions to ask during your next marketing planning meeting.

Marketers are working in the midst of dramatic business shifts. It’s exciting. And it can be very draining.  A few steps forward might be followed by a few steps back. But we can agree that every setback presents an invitation to practice resilience.

By refining our coping skills, recognizing setbacks quickly, and managing our stress levels, we can make the leap from surviving to thriving. I have discovered six strategies that have recently helped me improve resilience and achieve breakthroughs….

Where do you need to create resilience? How can you recover even faster from adversity in your health, marketing, and among teams?

Our 3rd annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference (CLIC ’17) was a huge success. We focused on helping our participants overcome innovation resistance over the 1 1/2 day confab. Our media partner from MKTGinsight created a nifty  marketing innovation ebook that summarizes each session perfectly.

For example, MKTGinsight’s Ginger Conlon shares how we opened the conference with Leon Logothetis. He challenged attendees to use kindness as inspiration for innovation. “Next time you’re creating a campaign, ask yourself, Will it help more than the bottom line?

Dorie Clark’s latest book, “Entrepreneurial You,” isn’t just for startups. Her strategies apply to CMOs and marketing leaders. Here are 3 highlights.

At our 3rd annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference, Jeff Perkins provided our group with 7 modern marketing strategies to think like a “Startup CMO.”

Dave Knox’s new book, Predicting the Turn, is a must-read for any marketing leader whose company is facing disruption and serious competition.

Discussions around marketing ROI and KPIs are de rigeur. But they’re missing the point. Marketing leaders first need fundamental competencies in TWO areas: relationship-building and strategic insight. This post presents five questions that every leader must explore before designing a dazzling dashboard.

Low-income customers may not have a ton of money—but there are a lot of them. That’s why it’s a big mistake for membership-based subscription model organizations to overlook this group. Yet many do.

Our July guest blogger, Robbie Baxter, explains why their short-sighted marketing strategy is costing them a lot of money.