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Seven Questions to Reflect On In the New Year

By: Arment Dietrich | September 15, 2010 | 
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Guest post by Abbie S. Fink, vice president/general manager of HMA Public Relations. As Jewish people around the world welcome the year 5771, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with the readers of Spin Sucks seven questions to reflect on in the New Year. I know, I know, it’s September. But the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, took place last week. The High Holidays, [&hellip... Read More
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Does Your Company Have a Skunkworks Team?

By: Gini Dietrich | September 14, 2010 | 
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I’ve been reading a lot recently about skunkworks teams and why they don’t work. If you aren’t familiar, according to Wikipedia, “skunkworks is used to describe a group within an organization given a high degree of autonomy and unhampered by bureaucracy, tasked with working on advanced or secret projects.” In other words, it’s a formal group of people who work solely on innovation – coming up [&hellip... Read More
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Seven Things I Learned from Tony Hsieh

By: Gini Dietrich | September 8, 2010 | 
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On Friday morning, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization hosted Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos and author of “Delivering Happiness”. Daniel Hindin and I went to hear him speak and to see if we could learn something we hadn’t already considered about building Arment Dietrich and Spin Sucks. I have to say, I was a tiny bit disappointed. Tony is not a great speaker. He’s not charismatic or [&hellip... Read More
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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