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?