Tag Archives: strategy

End of year must-to-do’s

This one is a re-post from Nursery Management…too good not to pass on. All year long you’ve been in frantic motion. You’ve put out fires. Solved employee snafus and issues. Juggled conflicting priorities. Fielded exhausting back-to-back meetings, telephone calls, and endless emails. Motivated yourself and others. And, kept blocking and tackling month after month by leading and managing your company toward achieving the objectives and goals you set. In other words, it’s been a typical year in the life of a small business owner, and, suddenly, December is… Read More →

What businesses should learn from Netflix

Excellent commentary below from MDM about what business owners and managers can learn from recent Netflix snafus. ********* I was one of the millions of Netflix subscribers that received an email earlier this week from the CEO of the popular DVD-by-mail and streaming service Netflix apologizing for the way the company handled a recent price increase and explaining how it is going to move forward with two separate companies – Qwikster for its DVD sales and Netflix for its streaming. The company has been lambasted for its handling… Read More →

How to keep those resolutions

It’s mid-January. Have you made any progress toward your New Year’s resolutions yet? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is, probably not. There is hope though. You can make accomplishing your resolutions easier by doing two things: 1. Write them down. You are more likely to achieve goals if you set objectives and put them on paper. Be specific about the stepping stones that will get you to the end result. 2. Invite peer pressure. Share your resolutions with others — family, friends, or… Read More →

How to Hone Your BS-Detecting Skills

This one was too good not to pass along. Succeeding in business is all about accurately analyzing information and then making smart decisions. Falling for BS is antithetical to both. But with the world awash in half-truths, partial distortions, aggrandizing exaggerations and out-and-out lies you’ll have plenty of opportunities to fall prey to other people’s bull. How can you protect yourself from being led astray by their nonsense? Washington, DC based venture capitalist Don Rainey penned a post for Business Insider’s War Room offering six suggestions to help… Read More →

Bernanke comments on happiness

An excerpt from Ben Bernanke’s speech at the University of South Carolina Commencement Ceremony, Columbia, South Carolina, May 8, 2010: Notwithstanding that income contributes to well-being, the economics of happiness is also a useful antidote to the tendency of economists to focus exclusively on material determinants of social welfare, such as the GDP. GDP is not itself the final objective of policy, just as an increase in income may not be a good enough reason for you to change jobs. Obtaining broader measures of human welfare is challenging,… Read More →

Maintaining Brand Stature in a Crisis

From The Core: (This is a produce industry blog, but the point made here has application to the green industry.) If you’ve been living under a rock or don’t have access to television, radio or the Internet, you might have missed the recent news about Toyota. First, they announced depleting sales due to the recent recall of eleven vehicle models following the malfunction of a floor mat entrapment and sticking gas pedal. Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, came the question about the functionality of the… Read More →

Fire Yourself Today

From today’s Harvard Management Tip of the Day: Management shake ups, while disruptive, can be good for a company. They bring in fresh perspectives and require that leaders take a hard look at their own performance. Don’t wait for your company to get in trouble. Instead, fire yourself. Not literally, but think about what you would do in your position if you were to start anew. What would you do differently if this was your first day on the job? Taking this step back can help you evaluate… Read More →

What a difference a value proposition makes!

From today’s Harvard Business Daily Stat: 76% of frequent fliers would switch airlines in order to have Wi-Fi access in the air, according to a new survey by Wakefield Research and the Wi-Fi Alliance. 71% would prefer Wi-Fi over a meal, and 55% would change their travel plans by a day to avoid being out of touch during the flight. 94% say Wi-Fi is “the best thing airlines have done” in the last three years. OK, admittedly these are stated versus revealed preferences, but obviously, such behavioral change… Read More →

The Success Trap

From the latest BNET — Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer warns against the dangers of making it big: Recently, my wife and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Half Moon Bay, California. The experience wasn’t what we remembered; we waited 30 minutes past our reservation before we were seated, and another 15 minutes for bread and water to appear. I started to reflect on how common such experiences are – and not just in restaurants. Few businesses are able to avoid the “success ruins everything” syndrome…. Read More →

Importance of social media

Much discussion has ensued lately at various green industry meetings regarding the applicability of social media marketing efforts. Is this something that you should consider for your business? Click below to find out. HT to Stan for the link.