Thursday, December 31, 2015

So, how was your year?



If it isn’t great, at least don’t live with any regrets. If you do nothing about this year’s setback, it will grow into a cancerous regret for years to come.

Come New Year, give it your all on the few things you could have and should have done better.

It ain’t no big deal to fall and stumble now and then. You know the drill. Get up, dust yourself and walk on.

Get better at resetting setbacks. That’s how you succeed.

Did you really fail?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Is it dying?



Between "it is dying" and "it is dead" could be a very very long time. If you believe they are one and the same, you could be making a lot of wrong calls.

What are you missing?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Did you make time to relax?



When you ask someone if he has made time to rest and pause, they usually think they have to take a vacation or even retire.

To relax means to take a deep breath and slow the palpitating heart. There is no need to get away.
 
Of course, taking time to rest and pause somewhere else will help.

But you can relax where you are.

How often do you do this?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Are you bored?



Let yourself be bored. It’s good for your mind. Over stimulation is the reason you are falling sick, having bad sleep, feeling restless and losing your temper.

Are you over stimulated?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Is your perspective stressing you out?



Everything has a beginning. Everything has an end.
  
Everything is constantly moving and changing. Your attachment to what “should be” is what causes you anxiety.


Let go of “should be” and see your stress melts.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

What is the worst habit your team has?



Have a plan to address this. Put someone responsible for it. Measure the implementation of your plan.

Are you turning a blind eye?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Do you write things down?



If you do, you need to refer to your notes or have a system where you review your notes. Otherwise, it is a wasted exercise. If you do not trust your notes, then there is something wrong with your note taking skills.

How do you take notes?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Do you consider yourself well organized?



If you are, then you would not be asking people to resend files that has been sent to you before, ask your colleagues to remind you of things that was discussed in the last meeting, and being late for meetings.

Perception is usually far from reality.

Ask people you work with, you may get a clearer picture.

How often do you write things down?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How would your brand die?



It’s a common brainstorming exercise to think up the risks and weaknesses of the brand that can cause its death. You should do it some time.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What is the greatest achievement of your brand?



Besides contributing to the corporate bottom-line, of course. It’s time for your brand to have a purpose bigger than profit. That’s how you touch the hearts of the consumers.

How can you make your brand contribute more?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Who would your brand help?



If your brand can chose a charity to support either by giving money or products or manpower, which charity would it be? Choose one closest to your brand purpose. Then do it.

No mock cheques, no press release, no photo opp. 

Do it because you are a good corporate citizen.

Is your brand a hypocrite?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What is the one quality you wish your brand has?



Now, what does it take for you to have it? If it is possible, how long does it take? 

You should plan for it and act on it. Stop dreaming and get going.
 
Are you just giving excuses?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Do you think there is a perfect marketing plan?



Sure you can chase for it, covet it, and plan for it even. It’s always good to have a goal. 

You may think it exists.

But being bogged down by details while crawling to a mirage maybe all that you are doing.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Is the world a better place?



In your role as a marketing person, have you used the power in your hands in making this world a better place with the brands that you sell? 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Do you know your job inside out?


This is from Chuck Yeager.

“Everything about airplanes interested me: how they flew, what each could or couldn’t do and why. As much as I flew, I was always learning something new, whether it was a switch on the instrument panel I hadn’t noticed, or a handling characteristic of the aircraft in weather conditions I hadn’t experienced. Unlike many pilots, I really wanted to learn the various systems of aircraft… it was a terrific advantage for me when something went wrong at 20,000 feet. Knowing machinery like I did, and having a knowledgeable feel for it, I knew how to cope with practically any problem. I knew what was serious and manageable. All pilots take chances from time to time, but knowing - not guessing - about what you can risk is often the critical difference between getting away with it or drilling a fifty-foot hole in mother earth.” -Chuck Yeager

Would it kill your career?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Do you feel like Sisyphus some days?

Greek mythology has it that the King of Corinth, Sisyphus was punished “for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity.” 

This short film (2 mins watch) made by Marcell Jankovics in 1974 was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 48th Academy Awards. It’s a version I like.
The next time you feel like Sisyphus, maybe remember this version instead.



How strong are you?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Is there enough for you?


If you have an abundance mindset, it sets your mind free to explore more, share more and view the world as a place where there is more than enough. You aren’t afraid someone copying you or taking away from you. You focus on developing your best and sharing it out into the world. You think, “There is more where it comes from.” 

If you have a poverty mindset, it locks your mind with minutiae, you hoard, become selfish and you view this world as a place of scarcity. You are too afraid to lose even though in reality you really do not lose anything. You focus on protecting and guarding. It takes your time away from doing more and better.

How much will you lose?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Are you paying attention to technology?


There is a technology component in every business now. It is a fact, not a fad. And I am not just talking about social media

True the principles of business don’t change. But the delivery and the systems have, you have to change too.

Learn it and embrace it.

Is technology waiting for you?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Are your answers questionable?


“I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” – Richard Feynman

Are your questions answerable?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Do you like DIY?


Sometimes the fastest and easiest way to get something done is to hire a consultant who has done it before and have them help you get it done.

Sure, it can be expensive compared to hiring your own team to do it. But you already know it is value that you look at and not the price.

Having your own team to do that adds an additional layer of complexity often ignored by management. 

Most DIY projects take a long time to take-off and often times side tracked, end up being incomplete, creates more problems than the original problem and often more expensive to fix than if you were to start right in the first place.

How much is the true cost?


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Do you believe what they tell you?


Don’t believe in what they tell you in their books, seminars and conferences.

But use them and experience them in your context. Then only then would you know whether they can be believed.

What do you truly believe?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do you know your problem?


Most people know what their problem is. They just refuse to fix it. They ignore it even though it is bugging them and it is bugging everyone else. Until one day that problem refuses to be ignored anymore. Then the problem becomes expensive to fix and sometimes unfixable.


This isn’t just relevant to the personal side of things. It’s the same with brands and business too.

Know your problem and know how to fix them before it is too late.

Are you afraid to face your own ghost?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Do you need a refresher?


Year end is creeping up. Dust off that old reliable classic marketing book. Re-read it. Get a mental check list of what you should focus on next year.

No one is beyond relearning.

Be brilliant at the basics. I think that’s what they say experts do.

What should you relearn?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why wait till next year?


Start now and measure your goal in twelve months’ time. Please don’t say it’s nearly December and you will start this and that when January comes. You won’t. 

You can set goals any day of the year. You can start now.

You should start now.

What’s the day today?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Are you happy?


Be happy if you say you would do it and you did it. Sure it is not perfect. Sure, a friend didn’t quite like it. A few others criticized it and didn't appreciate the work you put into it.

But it doesn’t matter.
You did it. They didn’t.

Next, go make something better. 

What are you making next?


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How much potential do you have?


Knowing your own potential and actually doing something about it are two different things.

You know you can be more, and you want to be more. But that want must be turned into action.

Otherwise, it’s just unfulfilled potential.

What are you willing to do?


Monday, November 16, 2015

How do you beat your competitor?


Turn up.

Day in, day out, whether you are sore, sick or sad.

Just being there says a lot about a lot.

How do you become successful?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Is it the right person?


You don’t need the best person. You need the best person for the job. For that reason, sometimes it isn’t just qualifications.

But you already know that.

Who’s the right candidate?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Is it time to press reset?


You can say it is part of the planning cycle. You can say it is reevaluating priorities.

We can all do with a good reset. Personally and also for our brand.

Is it time to pause?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Who you gonna call?


Always always build relationships.

Help where help is needed.

When you call there will be people who will answer.

Oh, and be sincere about it.

Who will answer your call?

Monday, November 9, 2015

What is the role of your brand?


The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain.

Work for brands too.

Is profit your only concern?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Why don’t we pitch?

Well, because it is WRONG!

Here, watch this video from our friends over at Zulu Alpha Kilo:



When will you learn to trust?


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Who cares?


You should. Well, if you want the compliments that go to your boss that gets counted in your evaluation that results in a good pay raise and maybe even a promotion.

Whose problem is it?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Do you have a sense of purpose?


If you can’t find a sense of purpose for your life, don’t look for it in your work. You won’t find it. Oh, and don’t blame your work.

What is your mission?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Did you find it?


Stop looking for meaning in your work.

Start adding value to your work and start playing your role well. The meaning will appear when you get it right.

Did you find the right way?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Are you a leader?


There was a time when I delved so deeply into what makes a manager and what makes a leader.

I don’t anymore

That’s not to say there is no merit in knowing some of the purported differences. Know what you need to know then move on and be what you need to be.

If you believe leadership is a skill, then it can be learned. The trenches will teach you more. If you believe it is a trait, either you rejoice because you have it or you give up and blame your genes.

Know this though; you can’t do it alone in the working world. And this too, you have to be an integral member of your team; meaning contribute and make a difference. 

When you know those, will it still matter if you are known as a good leader or a good manager? People will just be happy to work with you and around you.

Will it make a huge difference?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Can you take the pressure?


There is a quote that is often associated with the Navy Seals: “Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. That’s why we train so hard.”

The pressure will always be there. The challenge therefore, is whether you have trained for it.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Who are you arguing with?


“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” -George Bernard Shaw 

What’s the point in convincing?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Are you the armchair expert?


Stop saying “if you managed this brand, you would have done this and that” or “if you managed this brand, you wouldn’t have done this and that” as if you are the expert.

Of course I realize you have the right to your opinion and that you may be even recognized as an expert. Just be conscious of the fact that there is a high chance, your opinion when implemented probably won’t work for the brand.

Come on, you are dishing out your opinion based on a 400 word article. 

How accurate can you be?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How do you gain an edge?


One of the many ways is to get a consultant you can work with. It doesn’t have to be Roar Point. We aren’t right for everyone. The right branding partner can be your competitive advantage.

How do you choose?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Which medium is it?


Always try to afford in enough weightage the medium that delivers the most in reach and frequency for your campaign. Make that the primary one to drive your campaign. Then see what else you can add to make it integrated

Are you looking elsewhere?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Do you think you know it all?


Every tip and technique works for some and not for others. If there is one size that fits all in advertising then we would all be successful. Some plans that work for a particular brand may do diddly squat for others. Stick to the fundamentals, sure. But be open minded. It may bring you new success.

What new things did you learn?