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How to Motivate Employees without Money

By: Arment Dietrich | September 6, 2010 | 
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Guest post by Dallas Kincaid, founder and operations manager of Xecunet. Following Gini Dietrich’s recent post about why paying employees for innovative ideas doesn’t work, I told her about my recent attempt to motivate my employees without money. As a business owner, one challenge I have faced over the years is that, as you grow, you become further away from working hands-on with your customers and [&hellip... Read More
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Equality in the Workplace for Women

By: Gini Dietrich | September 1, 2010 | 
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As of late, there has been quite a bit written about equality in the workplace for women. First an absolutely scathing article, “Equality, Suffrage, and a Fetish for Money” was posted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog about how ridiculous women are being in wanting equality (read the comments – it absolutely blows my mind people like Harrytoo exist in our country). Yes, on the [&hellip... Read More
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You No Longer Control Your Company’s Brand

By: Gini Dietrich | August 31, 2010 | 
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Steve McKee, the founder of McKee Wallwork Cleveland, BusinessWeek advertising columnist, author of When Growth Stalls, and friend wrote recently here about branding and how the tide has shifted. He says you no longer control your company’s brand; your customers do. Think about that for a second. You no longer control your company’s brand; your customers do. It used to be that the big, Fortune 500 [&hellip... Read More
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David and Goliath: How Small Businesses Can Defeat Their Large Competitors

By: Arment Dietrich | August 30, 2010 | 
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Guest post by John Heaney of Orange Envelopes. Entrepreneurs perpetually play the role of David against their Goliath corporate competitors. And, just like their biblical counterpart, small businesses can defeat their large competitors by outmaneuvering, out-imagining, and outperforming them. In a recent scholarly analysis, “How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict,” author Ivan Arreguin-Toft analyzed battles between very large armies and small forces and concluded that during the [&hellip... Read More
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Paying Employees for Innovative Ideas: Why It Doesn’t Work

By: Gini Dietrich | August 30, 2010 | 
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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Burgess in person. He is a senior security advisor at Cisco and we had a delightful debate about social media, networking online, and location-based technologies. A blog post with his advice on keeping yourself safe online is forthcoming, but today I want to talk about the discussion we had around paying employees for innovative ideas. Though I [&hellip... Read More
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Level 5 Leaders Need Level 5 Employees

By: Guest | August 25, 2010 | 
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During a recent chat with Gini Dietrich, we were talking about how the majority of leadership resources and articles are geared toward CEOs and other upper level executives and managers. What about Generation Y? Are we supposed to sit back and wait to see if our career leads us to CEO level in order to be a leader? I don’t think so. Level 5 leaders need [&hellip... Read More
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I’m Behind

By: Gini Dietrich | August 24, 2010 | 
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There is no way around it – I’m behind. Traveling and speaking these last two weeks truly got the best of me. I’m behind on coaching my team. I’m behind on client work. I’m behind on reading my RSS feeds. I’m behind on Twitter. I’m behind on LinkedIn. I’m behind on Facebook. I’m behind on comments here on the blog. I’m behind on laundry and grocery [&hellip... Read More
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Mentoring Young Adults

By: Arment Dietrich | August 18, 2010 | 
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Guest post by John Christianson, CFA, founder and president of Highland Capital Management and author of the Wealth Clarity blog. On my blog, Wealth Clarity, I talk a lot about the journey of significance and creating a life of meaning, alignment, and authenticity. When asked to guest blog for Spin Sucks, I wanted to pass along some thoughts beyond my wealth management expertise. Knowing that Gini [&hellip... Read More
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Your Leadership Brand

By: Arment Dietrich | August 15, 2010 | 
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Guest post by Randy Hall, founder and principal of 4th Gear Consulting. Businesses, no matter their size, depend on the success of their brand for sustainability and growth. The collective view of customers about the company and their products or services largely determines whether they buy from that company or simply take their business elsewhere. The brand is often considered the most valuable asset a business [&hellip... Read More
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Design Thinking During Business Planning

By: Gini Dietrich | August 11, 2010 | 
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One of my favorite blogs is Harvard Business Review, not because I wish I’d gone to school there, but because they discuss really interesting ideas that aren’t echoed in the social media chamber (as Mark Schaefer calls it).  A couple of weeks ago, Warren Berger, the author of GLIMMER and GlimmerSite, wrote a post about using design thinking during business planning, in order to develop innovative [&hellip... Read More