Celebrate Your Victories

 

Working, business, performance. It can be stressful. In a start-up or small business environment, it can be all consuming.  This is

especially true if you are passionate about your work. If you work with purpose, and you care deeply about the outcome and how it affects your customers and your team, then you probably think about it in the shower.

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5 Life Lessons Taught By The Muppets

Photo of Kermit the Frog

Leave it to one of my favorite Lifehacking sites, Steepcase Lifehack, to post lessons on life from the Muppets. Great stuff by freelance writer Andrew Kardon.

[featured]I can’t imagine living in a world without The Muppets. Those cuddly, felt critters are like best friends you’ve known your entire life. They’re fun, they’re goofy, and they just fill you up with a warm feeling inside…don’t they?[/featured]

Thanks to Jason Segel and a host of other talented folks, the recentThe Muppets movie was a big success for Disney, and Jim Henson’s fluffy family is back in the limelight. Henson’s creations started out as a fun way to teach children some basic ABCs, as well as important life lessons. But as with The Muppet Show, the craziness was kicked up a few notches.

Just because you’re too old for Sesame Street (and hopefully you already know your ABCs), that doesn’t mean you’re not too old to learn something. The Muppets are more than entertainers — they’re pretty good teachers too.

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Letting Go

Let it go

I posted a status update on Facebook yesterday. I suppose it was part of a New Year’s renewal to state that I was,”Letting Go.” You might guess that this evoked some response. I’m grateful to loving friends and family that thought to reach me. I was encouraged by the messages I received.  Some wondered what it was I was letting go of…others were concerned. I considered the context, and, there really wasn’t one. A few friends said, “It’s about time,” or “Of what?” I had a quick education on the obscure post in need of clarification.

Facebook dialogue about letting go

I am letting go of stress, worry and the past. I am also letting go of the need to react or be affected by others, especially if

they are not focused on the present or the future. Did you ever get a dirty look from across the room? Did you feel compelled to say “What’s wrong?” or “What did I do?” Well, my choice is to no longer address an issue until there is one. When confronted with an issue or an objective then address it. When brushed by passive-aggressive (or even aggressive) dissatisfaction or anger, don’t call attention to it! Let it go! Maybe it’s about you, maybe it’s not. Don’t invite the confrontation – it’s not likely to be a healthy one.

Especially in today’s fast paced, mobile, social, inter-webbed world it’s
I am letting go of frustration with myself and my life, letting go of anger and bitterness in an effort to focus on what matters most. My commitment is to choose joy and have a wonderful productive year. I hope you do the same and I’d be grateful for your thoughts!also best to assume that someone’s post or comment isn’t about you and isn’t personal.  If it is, let them choose to say so. Otherwise, don’t sweat it.

Thank you to Lori Deschene, Author of Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions and founder of the Tiny Buddha website.  Her “40 WAYS TO LET GO AND FEEL LESS PAIN,” post in particular encouraged me to make this my mantra for the new year.

C7group Social Media Sandbox: Social Media Legal Risk

Did you miss it? Listen to the blog talk radio broadcast below.

I had a great talk with Labor Law Attorney, Matthew Durket about how businesses can plan and respond to the legal issues surrounding social communication, such as loss of intellectual property, compliance violations, reputation management and HR lawsuits.

Recent market research reveals social networking related exposure incidents for US companies have increased each year — from 11% in 2008 to 17% in 2009 and to 21% in 2010.

24% of companies indicated that they have disciplined an employee for his or her activities on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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How is your organization addressing the risk of employee social media use? What are you doing to engage online in a responsible way?

 

 

Don’t Wait to Thank Your Mentors and Heroes

Steve Jobs Artwork by David Datuna, Mironova Gallery

Like many, Steve Jobs had an influence on my life.  He taught me a lesson recently.  It was in his passing that I learned not to wait to seek out my heroes.  Steve Jobs did not live that far from me but we didn’t know each other.  He was a distant mentor on a pedestal of brilliance and accomplishment that most of us feel is out of reach. Perhaps you have a hero or someone you feel this way about? Perhaps, like me, there are those that are gone now and you wish that you had expressed how you felt about them. Continue Reading…

SlideShare Infographic: The Quiet Giant of Content Marketing

Slideshare is a great tool and an essential component to most social media and online marketing strategies. It is often overlooked but important to consider.

Meditate, Pray and Visualize

Visualize and Meditate your goals

During this season, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’m especially grateful for the support of good friends. Life these past months has been a flurry of activity. Sometimes that activity has been connected to goals and appropriate vision. Often it has felt like I’ve been bounced or yanked from one thing to the next with the stress of what “I’m not getting to,” or what  “I’m not doing enough of,” in order to meet the expectations of others (and sometimes my own.) In the midst of a marketing strategy discussion with good friend, Lori Saitz, she could tell that I and our team were stressed. [Lori is a pro at helping business improve customer experience, market strategically and increase client loyalty.  She knows how to get things done efficiently with a sense of humor and fun] Shortly thereafter, I received the following from Lori:

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The Business of Halloween

This great Halloween by the numbers Infographic was posted and/or created by Business Credit Cards .com. It was also shared at Business Pundit and mentioned by friend Keith Ferrazzi on Twitter. I felt compelled to give lots of credit (because I kind of disliked the idea of attributing it rightfully to a website listing a bunch of credit cards.) We do (as a country) spend some big bucks on Halloween. Estimated $6.86 Billion this year.

The Business Behind Halloween

Why Social Media Marketing Is Not Enough

Strategy vs. tactics social business example

Successful Social Media Marketing (SMM) is important.  It will continue to be more and more critical for business to successfully reach and engage customers.  It’s not a strategy though, it’s a tactic. Continue Reading…

The Ultimate Content Marketing Infographic

This infographic on content marketing was put together by the exceptionally talented interactive marketing agency Jess3 in collaboration with Eloqua.  It was posted on the Jess3 blog and I found it again on b2bbloggers.com by Jeremy Victor.

The Ultimate Content Marketing Infographic

 

We are all creators as well as consumers of content online.  This fact is at the heart of why social technology is so pervasive.  I love infographics and they’re one of the more valuable ways to get your point across.  This graphic is one of the best yet at showing what types of content are best used based on the business objective and prospective customer requirements.

 

Joe Chernov, VP of Marketing at Eolqua, pulled together this post that’s just as valuable as the infographic itself:  16 Experts Answer, “What makes a great infographic?

A favorite from the post:

Mike Volpe, CMO, HubSpot : The best infographics have a high density of information and are easily consumable.  It is an art to be able to take a lot of data, or a number of concepts, and boil it down to one image.  If your infographic makes sense when you look at it for 5 seconds, but is still teaching you things after you have looked at it for a full minute, then you know it is good.

Does this infographic depict more pieces of the puzzle for you? How are you using content marketing? Do you have a favorite infographic to share?

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