Netflix Asked “Why?”

After being socked with exorbitant late fees on his Blockbuster video rentals, Netflix’s founder, Reed Hastings, famously wondered, WHY should I have to pay these late fees?  It was this questioning mindset that led Mr. Hastings and his team to begin the creation of streaming shows right to your smart TV, game console, PC, Mac, mobile, tablet and more….

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Gen “Z” Loves Shopping Malls

It’s dangerous to “Box” people in at the workplace and expect that they will think, behave and have similar patterns as previous generations. For example, many people would assume that today’s teenagers (Gen “Z”) would never go to shopping malls since the Millennials have shunned them. “There’s always been this assumption that as you go…

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“True North”

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. Alice in Wonderland “True North” works as a compass…

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Energy= Success

Last weekend we hosted our first annual event,“Energy” and the audience came in around 9:45 am and mixed and mingled for about 15- 20 minutes.  I started the event and I asked everyone to close their eyes and answer 5 questions about their environment which included: What was I wearing? What color was the carpet?…

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“Day to Day” vs. Creative Leaders

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine De Saint- Exupery The easy way to lead is to give out directions and have our employees follow them step by step. …

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Make Meaning

The first step to innovating is to make meaning.  Determine how you can make meaning and the success will come. Look at these companies and their meaning: ·         Apple- Computers ·         Google- Information ·         Ebay- Commerce Apple’s meaning was to improve the way computers worked in our home and office.  While, Google’s was to get…

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Do Something Different

In order to operate outside the box of life we need to take calculated risks and try something different. Yes, it may or may not work, but that is what creativity is all about. The enemy of creativity is patterns and routines, and when we get stuck in them we stay “Boxed” in. Here are…

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Generation “Z” & Labels

Think about the labels that have been put on millennials over the past decade:  Self-absorbed/Lazy/ Greedy/Job hopper/Entitled. These descriptions we put on “Millennials” impact their psyche, self-confidence, and self-esteem.  When someone is told they are self-absorbed, greedy, lazy and entitled many will live up to that expectation. Now, we have a new generation entering the…

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“Status Quo”

Your number one competitor is status quo! Companies spend millions and millions of dollars researching their competition, yet, their fiercest competitor is inside their own walls. When “Status Quo” wins the following happens: Mindset- Doing things the way we have always done it is built on the premise that it has worked in the past…

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Smash the Box

“Clothes Make the Man”

As you gather this holiday season, take a glance at what people are wearing at the airports, family gatherings or around the dinner table. How many men/women will you see dressed up; clothes ironed/ pressed, shoes shined, hair, make up, and all that goes into one’s wardrobe? I would draw a connection between the men/women…

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