Tool for Risk Reinforcement to Envision Your Healthy Lifestyle.

Tool for Risk Reinforcement to Envision Your Healthy Lifestyle
Libby Gill

Like most people, I have definitely outlined some goals around health for 2011.  Okay, a small percentage of that is vanity. Who doesn’t want to look great, right?  But living long and feeling great are the top goals.  Like most people … I also already feel like I’m not prioritizing those goals!  So here is my Tool for Risk Reinforcement to Envision Your Healthy Lifestyle.

Right now, clarify a vision of you in vibrant good health. How will it feel to have abundant energy? To buy a new wardrobe? To feel fabulous while you’re exercising, dancing or making love? Now simplify the most direct route to realizing that vision. Write out your new diet plan. Put your workout commitments on your calendar. Finally, execute your plan–with a trainer, gym class, workout buddy–whatever it takes to get you into action!

If you’d like to make a real move on getting UNSTUCK in your health and your body, register for my course on “You Unstuck – Mastering the New Rules of Risk-Taking in Work and Life” at  Increase your chances for change by inviting a friend or accountability partner for only fifty bucks more! (Now that’s a gift worth unwrapping!)

Revisiting the Hollowing Out of R&D – Global R&D Trends

Revisiting the Hollowing Out of R&D – Global R&D Trends
Jim Carroll

Two years ago, I was the opening keynote speaker for the 14th Annual Portfolio Management for New Products & Services Conference in Fort Lauderdale, an event sponsored by the Product Development and Management Association.

In the blog entry I wrote at the time (The Hollowing Out of Big Corporate R&D), I noted that “I spoke to the broad theme of  ‘innovating faster,’ but also challenged the crowd to think about how the “source of innovative ideas” has changed.”

It was a pretty interesting conference — it was right after the financial crisis of 2008, and there were quite a few folks in the room — long time R&D professionals — who had just been let go. Others were seeing their budgets cutback; many more were in a state of absolute shock and uncertainty as the economy was still contracting. It seemed as if the entire room was in a state of shock. I spent a good part of my time working to help them understand there were deep, transformative changes occurring in how “big” R&D was conducted, and if they were to survive, they would have to adapt to these realities. Those point are covered in the blog post.

While undertaking some research in the last few weeks for upcoming keynotes, I’ve come across a few interesting articles that have an R&D spin, and which can help to put into perspective the many ways in which R&D is evolving:
Continue reading Revisiting the Hollowing Out of R&D – Global R&D Trends

Don’t Stumble at the Starting Line

Don’t Stumble at the Starting Line
by Darren Hardy

Have you made New Year’s resolutions or set goals before and failed?

Have you entered a new year beating your chest and proclaiming your magnificent transformation from every mountaintop only to have it dwindle to a whimper by the time January gets torn off the calendar?

What went wrong?

In my experience, there are about a half a dozen ways you can trip yourself up right at the start. Let me help you avoid these common trip-ups:

1. Too Many, Too Much

You try to tackle too many goals, change too many ingrained behaviors and attempt too much too quickly. Look, you have probably been building, developing and reinforcing a poor habit for 10, 20, 30, maybe even 40-plus years. Breaking one poor habit and trying to install a single new success habit is tough enough (and worth it). If you try to do too many, you won’t do any.
Continue reading Don’t Stumble at the Starting Line

Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Fail

Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Fail
Jay Goltz

One of the least understood aspects of entrepreneurship is why small businesses fail, and there’s a simple reason for the confusion: Most of the evidence comes from the entrepreneurs themselves.

I have had a close-up view of numerous business failures —
including a few start-ups of my own. And from my observation, the reasons for failure cited by the owners are frequently off point, which kind of makes sense when you think about it. If the owners really knew what they were doing wrong, they might have been able to fix the problem. Often, it’s simply a matter of denial or of not knowing what you don’t know.

In many cases, the customers — or, I should say, ex-customers — have a better understanding than the owners of what wasn’t working. The usual suspects that the owners tend to blame are the bank, the government or the idiot partner. Rarely does the owner’s finger point at the owner. Of course, there are cases where something out of the owner’s control has gone terribly wrong, but I have found those instances to be in the minority. What follows, based on my own experiences and observations, are the top 10 reasons small businesses fail. The list is not pretty, it is not simple, and it does not contain any of those usual suspects (although they might come in at Nos. 11, 12 and 13).
Continue reading Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Fail

Why Golf is THE most Important Word You Need to Know for 2011!

Why Golf is THE most Important Word You Need to Know for 2011!
Jim Carroll

Well, the headline caught your attention, didn’t it?

So what gives? How could “golf” possibly be the most important word in a year which promises ongoing economic volatility, potential signs of a recovery, restless consumers, potential challenges with the housing market, extremely fast paced business model change driven by technology — and countless other opportunities and worries?

Because the game of golf is probably one of the best barometers for the pace of the economic recovery. And in and of itself, the fact that the game is examining its future is probably the best sign that innovation and change has risen to the top of the leadership agenda.

Consider the first issue: golf and the economy. When the economy is hot, and companies are secure in their belief in economic growth, there are a lot of leadership events in which strategies are discussed, customers are engaged, and new business ideas are launched.
Continue reading Why Golf is THE most Important Word You Need to Know for 2011!

Online Branding Assessment Tool

Online Branding Assessment Tool
Libby Gill

This week, take the time to give your website a strong overview to see if it’s supporting your brand.  Go down the entire list and grade yourself on a 1-5 scale on how well you’re doing in each area, 1 being worst and 5 being best.

Be sure to note any comments you have as well – try to look over each page of your website with a clean eye, as if you’ve never seen it before.  If you score less than a four in every aspect, definitely take my 1 Day Web Makeover Course. At less than $300, it’s a million-dollar investment in your success.
Continue reading Online Branding Assessment Tool

Are Small Businesses Going to Be Saviors or Victims?

Are Small Businesses Going to Be Saviors or Victims?
Jay Goltz

Over the last two years, it has been widely reported that small businesses create more jobs than big businesses and thus are critical to the recovery. It has also been widely reported that small businesses are getting squeezed — by the credit freeze, by skyrocketing costs like health and unemployment insurance, and by cheap imports, to name a few examples.

So, if you own a small business, is the deck stacked against you? Can you overcome all of the obstacles? Is it harder than it used to be to start a business? Is it going to continue to get harder? Are the banks going to loosen up? Is the “recovery” ever going to reach small businesses the way it has big businesses? Which is it: Are small businesses going to be saviors or victims?

Both. The small businesses that succeed will need to do more than just hope. And they will need to do more than just complain about the government and wait for it to solve all problems. The real answer is to cope. It’s always been that way. A successful entrepreneur copes with whatever problems come along, and there are sure to be plenty of them. Business ownership requires the wearing of many hats, which is part of the reason the failure rate for start-ups is high (about half survive for five years). To thrive, you have to understand accounting, finance, marketing, and management. It’s probably not enough to be  great at just one or even two of those categories.
Continue reading Are Small Businesses Going to Be Saviors or Victims?