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Posted by on Dec 5, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Get Interactive

Sports Illustrated recently released a demo of their product on an Apple Tablet-like device. SI illustrates how a large touch screen can create an interactive experience where users are completely immersed in the product. It does this by aggregating all multimedia and text platforms — that are currently fragmented across the web — to bring users a completely unique and seamless experience that can certainly be monetized. Here is the newly released video: The newspaper industry could take a few notes on the potential of such a new product design. This tablet-like device allows content producers to develop a branded experience that users cannot get anywhere else. Getting ahead of the curve like SI is how other publishers can compete. Once the device is launched, you have a product that cannot be duplicated and therefore, can be monetized. Although this new product innovation will not alter the fate of many newspapers, it will give them a leg-up in a game they are losing. Finding new ways of delivering a...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2009 in Leadership | 0 comments

How the MS Cure Could Cure your Business

Italian doctors may have found a surprisingly simple cure for MS. Italian doctors have discovered by simply opening the bloodflow to the brain, 73% of patients had no symptoms of MS after two years. Incredible that such a simple solution could have such an incredible impact. The procedure that could prevent the over 2.5 million people suffering from MS, might shed some light on how emerging and established industry leaders can make their businesses more effecient. Often times, managers have a narrow view of the entire operation. For instance, let’s say you oversee a team of managers, who then oversee entry level employees. You rely on those managers to give you a realistic picture of what’s happening on the ground floor. One of your managers appears to be productive, but in reality, they push the people they oversee to work harder so the manager doesn’t have to work as hard. As their superior, you might not see this — as long as they appear productive, you think everything is...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Cutting Off Problem Assets

Recently, I bought two Majesty Palms from IKEA. Since I did not have a base for the plant, I watered it very little — as to avoid water draining onto the hardwood floors. After about a week, a couple plant bases were given to me and I was able to adequately water the Majesty Palms. What looked like a little drying turned into something much more. The plants that once looked vibrant with life were now shriveling up and dying. To avoid the death of my new Majesty Palms, I searched online how to save them. Thoroughly water once a week and cut-off anything that is dying. This helps the plant focus on providing nutrients to the healthy portions of the plant. So that morning I removed nearly half of each plant. The next day, I repeated. Now, only a quarter of the plant that I purchased was still standing. I’m happy to say, now two weeks later, the plant is flourishing. As we consider new ways to maximize...

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Posted by on Oct 19, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

How to Offer Better Customer Service: A Lesson from the Landlord from Hell

Having moved many times in the past couple of years, I’ve had many landlords. Let’s start with the bad: I was living in a very nice apartment building. All brick, high ceilings, a loft area, wood floors… at first glance it was a gem. After living there for a couple of weeks, it became very similar to The Money Pit: nice on the outside, but broken at the core. Come to find out, the appliances were the cheapest you could buy. Therefore, they would constantly break. Uncontrollable flames shooting from the broiler; 100-year-old water pooling in the loft from a leak in the roof, which then began dripping in the shower below; mice; and paper-thin walls. All of these concerns were met with, “Yeah, we’ll see what we can do. I can have someone fix it in a couple of days.” No shower or dishwasher and a mice infestation and it’s going to take a couple of days? Thankfully, when the lease ended the experience with the new landlord...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Venice and Building a Sustinable Future

A couple of years ago, I had a chance to visit the “City of Light,” where ornate masks hung in nearly every shop window and pigeons swarmed seas of tourists. I also had the opportunity to enjoy the incredible artistry in St. Mark’s Basilica. Inspiring generations of luminaries, such as Ernest Hemmingway and countless artists, Venice is also known as the “Sinking City.” Though the New York Times described Venice as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man,” the city is in slowly descending into the waters it was built upon. Venice has been the home of some of the greatest painters and thinkers of all time. It is through their collective efforts that Venice is the wonder that it is today. Unfortunately, this monument to the human imagination and spirit will slip into the sea. As business leaders, we strive to create brands that embody the tireless efforts and talents of all those involved in its creation. Unfortunately, Venice’s ultimate demise illustrates the instability and unsustainable structure...

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