Here’s an idea for a new type of software…
You plug in all of the information about your family — birthdays,
anniversaries, names of your kid’s teachers, likes and dislikes of each
member of your clan — hit “Save” and let the software do the rest.
You also can get a virtual assistant in India who will be notified by the
software when a birthday comes around, and he or she will take care of
obtaining and delivering the gift. Don’t worry about your spouse — this
program will make certain he or she feels totally loved and desired.
The software can be programmed to do periodic follow up with the teachers at
your child’s schools…sending letters from a template at each grading
period, along with insights that are “mail-merged” from your database.
None of the needless ongoing concern for your kid’s education — this
program will ensure that you are a part of it.
It’s perfec... (more)
I was in Manhattan a few weeks ago, just finished with a speech and took a
moment to check out what was going on with the people I follow on Twitter.
You should know that one of the “gods” of Twitter is Chris Brogan.
(@ChrisBrogan in Twitter-speak) It seems like there is a three-step process
to getting started on Twitter…1) sign up; and 2) & 3) follow Chris Brogan
and Guy Kawasaki.
Because Chris had reviewed “Collapse of Distinction,” he and I have
shared a dialogue. He’s interesting, smart, funny, and profound. In other
words, an extraordinarily cool guy. I noticed that he was h... (more)
The tech world and the financial world are all buzzing today about the same
event: Apple’s market cap passed Microsoft’s yesterday.
(Market cap is the sum when you take the price of a share of your stock times
the number of outstanding shares. So, while Microsoft has higher revenue and
more cash in the bank, investors are more optimistic about Apple’s future
and profitability — meaning their shares are valued higher. Yesterday,
Apple’s valuation made it the USA’s second biggest company in terms of
market cap, after ExxonMobil.)
What can YOU learn for your business from Apple’s... (more)
Important, vital package that had to be delivered on-time and absolutely,
positively overnight. Guess what service I chose?
Leading Authorities — the terrific speakers bureau in Washington, DC, that
I am honored to say books me frequently — was expediting a document to me.
I needed delivery by Saturday morning, and it was coming FedEx.
I was in Las Vegas and heading to the airport, but my father-in-law was
standing by, waiting for my package in Indianapolis. I checked the tracking
number, saw it had been delivered, but was a little concerned. The driver had
written it was left by... (more)
One of the points I make in the forthcoming book, “Create Distinction,”
is that “best practices aren’t always ‘best’ for your
organization.” In other words, what made Starbucks distinctive can provide
you with some great ideas and concepts — however, it is NOT a blueprint
that you can duplicate for your organization.
You know those “best practice junkies” — those so-called leaders who
take a concept from a distinctive company and assume if they apply it “to
infinity and beyond” for their organizations, they’ll receive the same
results. Instead, they should be focusing on learni... (more)