#24 Consider the Effect of Physical Space on Connection – When Ed Catmull, CEO of Pixar Animation, and Steve Jobs, Pixar’s primary owner at the time, designed Pixar’s new headquarters, they created a large centralized space that included the company’s entrance and visitor reception area, meeting rooms, company cafeteria, employee mail slots and restrooms. Their [...]Show More Summary
Back to the Future Part II was on this morning. It’s hard to believe that we’re only a year away from that “future.” The future never looks like what we expect it to, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try shaping it. Institute for the Future is a Palo Alto, CA based “independent, non-profit […]
Successful business owners leverage marketing plans to gain clarity on market conditions, their brand positioning, and to create sound marketing strategy. The end results of a solid marketing plan are clear-cut goals with date-specific...Show More Summary
At our annual Workforce Institute advisory board meeting, I heard about something very cool that Kronos was doing when it comes to customer service. They bring the customer to their meetings. Literally. That is, in the form of customer cut-outs. Show More Summary
If you think of your job search like a sport, then it is natural to expect peaks and valleys in your own performance. Still, there is nothing more draining, humbling and dispiriting than consistent rejection and non-responsiveness during...Show More Summary
I must admit that I enjoy seeing the disruptive ripples that the Internet inflicts upon traditional business models. The old models do their best to fight to survive. For example, New Jersey recently banned Tesla from selling its cars in the state, mainly so the state’s inefficient auto dealerships won’t have to compete with Tesla’s direct […]
In today’s world, consumers have greater control than ever. Through reviews and social media, they can learn and leave feedback about your business. Many entrepreneurs fear receiving criticism; however, negative comments can provide important clues to improving your business. Show More Summary
I’m still thinking about the delicious piece of pie that I had last night. It was a good Pi Day, and that’s why we’re going to talk about math again today. Yesterday we focused on elementary education, and today we’ll take a look at MATHCOUNTS, an Alexandria, VA based non-profit that “provides fun and challenging […]
Could failure lead you to your next success? “It is not the critic who counts. It is not the man who sits and points out how the doer of deeds could have done things better and how he falls and stumbles. The credit goes to the man in...Show More Summary
The sweet spot of interviewing is between being boring and stupid. Take the old sales interview exercise, "Sell me this pen." Has there ever been an exercise that is more ignorant? I know what you're going to say - "Kris,...
Today is Pi Day! It’s a holiday loved by math educators and pastry fanatics alike. While some may say that all of the celebration is irrational, I roundly support it. Anyway, math is on my mind today, so I thought we should take a look at Motion Math. They are a San Francisco, CA based […]
It’s almost necessary to be social media savvy these days, so much so that there seems a frenzy to be seen as the coolest, most down-to-earth, real, caring and/or opinionated person on the Internet. Because social networking has been...Show More Summary
Decisions you make in your 20s could make or break the rest of your career. Here’s how to make wise choices that will benefit you in the long term. The post 7 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Facing a Tough Career Decision appeared first on Brazen Life.
No one thinks your career is as important as you do. No one is going to smooth out the way for you, either. You have to keep track of your skills and the things you can do today that you couldn’t do yesterday. You can’t sit around and wait for your “turn” in the next […]
Do your employees drive you up the proverbial wall? When you go home, do you inundate your spouse with stories of how awful they are? If so, you’ll probably recognize these employees, and appreciate our solutions on how to fix the problems: 1. Doesn’t respect your time. This employee comes in late every morning and leaves […]
Sometimes, our friends and loved ones don’t get our career paths. Here’s how to find the motivation and support you need in spite of that. The post Feel Like You’re on Your Own? Here’s How to Get Some Much-Needed Career Support appeared first on Brazen Life.
Companies that want to win the war for talent can’t simply focus on their hiring strategy. Sure, it’s important to hire the right people. But retaining them is equally important. The last thing any business wants is to spend lots of time and money hiring someone, only to have them leave after a few months. Show More Summary
When it comes to online marketing and engagement, branding success is now about the individual – up close and personal – as a main driving force in promoting your personal brand. Samsung demonstrated this quite well in a recent example during the 2014 Oscars with the use of their cell phone by Ellen DeGeneres. Show More Summary
Recently, I had the privilege to connect with Steve Yastrow, a former marketing executive and the founder of Yastrow & Company, a consulting organization that helps businesses improve results through breakthrough marketing, customer relationship, and sales ideas. Show More Summary
If you know a bad leader, chances are he or she is also a poor communicator. Here are the reasons why our leaders don't improve in communications -- even though we all know it's a critical part of the role.