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The Day The Music (Almost) Died

Guest Blog by  Les Stouder Co-Founder/CIO Ideashares.com.  No matter where you live in the U.S. you may be able to hear the collective, thunderous applause emanating from Nashville. Of course, if you are a songwriter or composer, the same applies wherever you may roam: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and every other square inch across the fruited plain. I am referring to the August 16th ruling by BMI rate court judge Louis Stanton, striking down the Department of Justice recent mandate, ordering Performance Rights Organizations (BMI, ASCAP) to adopt a 100% licensing model within 12 months. 100% license is, […]

-The 5 Levels of the Experience- What level are you?

-The 5 Levels of the Experience- What level are you?

The Problem Statement -The 5 Levels of the Experience- What level are you? “The purpose of life is to experience the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a richer and newer experience.”                                                                                     -Eleanor Roosevelt   Customer service is worse today than it has ever been.  Our internal research tells us that customers are increasingly frustrated because “no one seems to care.” What is truly sad is that it takes no more effort to be warm, friendly and personable than it does to go-through-the-motions.  Where has the genuine care gone? Where is the relentless resolve to causing […]

Leading with Audacity when Launching a New Initiative

Leading with Audacity when Launching a New Initiative

  “Audacity, Audacity, Always Audacity!” — Frederick the Great Throughout my years in the trenches of innovation and business development, I have found that there are a few key attributes that enable people to be successful while leading new initiatives. While the general principle of my book is Relationship Momentum, and it is expressed by a formula: Rm=E3Vs Relationship Momentum is (Brand, Value, and Ambassador Equity) Multiplied by (Strategic Velocity) …. in the beginning of the book I talked about creating movement in a consistent direction and combining it with a measure of audacity. The trouble with high audacity is that […]

5 Traits of the INTRApreneur

5 Traits of the INTRApreneur

Where is it written that Entrepreneurs are only sole proprietors, closely held business owners or people who start a new company?   Where is it written that the great innovators, ideators and creators always go the way of a Horatio Alger novel and start their own companies and blaze their own trails?  There is a misconception that those who are willing to step up to the table of market leadership with new ideas are not wanted by or interested in being in a large corporate environment.  A new day is dawning where the Entrepreneurial spirit is being embraced by more than […]

The Importance of Strategic Velocity for Leaders

The Importance of Strategic Velocity for Leaders

I had the privilege of doing a guest blog for Jesse Jacoby and Emergent Insights. Emergent Insights is a repository of articles containing practical methods, tools, and tips for driving change and implementing business strategies from a people and change perspective. It is published by Emergent, an independent consulting firm headquartered in Denver and serving Fortune 500 clients across North America talking about strategic velocity for leaders.   In physics, Velocity is known as an object’s rate of change with respect to its location. Velocity is not the same thing as speed. Speed is very important when it comes to the time-value of […]

The Secret to Hiring Great People – Expand Your Reach Through Ambassadors

The Secret to Hiring Great People - Expand Your Reach Through Ambassadors

I had the privilege to do a guest blog for HiringThing.com. It is recruitment management software company that helps companies post jobs online, manage applicants and hire great employees.   “An Ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.” — Walter Bagehot In 1815 the Congress of Vienna officially recognized Ambassadors as having extensive powers to control the flow of information, maintain diplomatic relations, and project the influence of their chief executives. The word Ambassador comes from the Latin root word ambassarre, which means to send. King Ferdinand of Spain was the first to employ these accredited […]

Creating Relational Movement in Your Life

Creating Relational Movement in Your Life

  I had the opportunity to do a guest blog for Matt McWIlliams. Matt blogs about business and family leadership, business strategy, and personal development. I spoke on the secret to creating Relational Movement in your life, ideas and business. McWilliams Guest Blog      

A Value Renaissance

A Value Renaissance

“Try not to be a success, but rather to be of Value.” — Albert Einstein In today’s world of social media and immediate information, it has become increasingly hard to hide a lack of value for certain companies and products. There was a time that pomp and circumstance and the deafening sound of a Brand’s platform could make up for the actual magic…..well not being magic. That time has come and gone. With all of the talk of how social media has cheapened our relationships, perhaps we have overlooked one of the greatest attributes of immediate feedback and real time […]