Words of the Week – conversation
Dec14

Words of the Week – conversation

image: Stuck in Customs I think most of you know I’m a self-professed nerd. I read a lot. I read about MBA subjects like entrepreneurship, emerging media, and building brands. I also read star gossip and fiction like Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, but that’s a post for another day. There’s a lot of buzz in my business reading around the idea of building brands by engaging consumers in...

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Words of the Week – opportunity areas
Dec07

Words of the Week – opportunity areas

image: spiicytuna In the past, they were called “weaknesses.” Today’s politically correct business environment uses “opportunity areas” to describe skills that need to be improved. I actually like the new term. As a person constantly looking to grow and improve (aka nerd), I appreciate feedback that points out opportunity areas. Here’s a hint to share with your MBA recommenders when they are asked...

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Words of the Week – back to the drawing board
Nov30

Words of the Week – back to the drawing board

image: ♥ China ♥ guccio To go back to the drawing board means to start something over. This phrase always makes me think of mapping out a process before you start. If your original route doesn’t get you where you want to go, you can go back to the drawing board and create a new path to reach your goal. The thing I like best about the phrase it that it has a sense of hope. You’re not giving up, just broadening...

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Words of the Week – location independent
Nov23

Words of the Week – location independent

image: Our niece, Makayla, demonstrates the joy of being location independent at a beach condo in SC. My favorite buzzword of the moment, location independent means you can live and work anywhere you choose. I began adopting the location independent philosophy when I was designing the MBA in the USA® business model. I told my success coach, Daniel Olson, “I want to be able to go anywhere in the world and still get...

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Words of the Week – lifestyle businesses
Nov16

Words of the Week – lifestyle businesses

image: GrahamKing Lifestyle businesses exist to balance income needs with quality of life needs. The goal is to generate enough income to maintain a lifestyle that appeals to the founder, not to scale the business in hopes of a Google-sized IPO. Giving entrepreneurs the skills to build lifestyle businesses represents an interesting trend in today’s MBA world. Business thought leaders are moving beyond shareholder value to value...

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