Have you ever felt like you should create more content but the whole idea feels like too much time and effort?
Or maybe your content isn’t delivering the win you are looking for.
A business owner recently asked how I stick to my regular weekly email schedule. He was getting well-meaning but frustrating advice to create social media content. The thought of making time in his already over-scheduled day seemed nearly impossible.
He knew that sharing useful content — not just frivolous social media noise in exchange for likes — was important for his business. Content…
When you first read this post’s title, did you see “more” instead of “less”? If you did, you’re most likely in the majority. We all hear the “be more creative” chant so often that many of us just do a quick eyeroll and move on.
So thanks for opening and getting this far.
But think about this for a minute.
Have you ever wished that you could become less creative than you are right now? You’re ready to commit to a comfortable, complacent status quo.
Of course not.
Before we go any farther, what exactly is creativity? Many of you…
We were in a client meeting recently, sharing our initial network discovery outcomes with them. The conversation was exactly the productive, friendly discussion we all look forward to. It was framed as a collaborative, knowledge-first session. No criticism. No judgment.
As we walked through the list of recommendations, we came to the topic of printers. Not exactly a subject that has everyone on the edge of their seats. But an interesting thing happened.
When we said that printers are a security vulnerability on a company’s network, there was silence and a look of surprise.
We typically think of a printer…
If you could describe your ideal business day to me, what would you tell me about it? How would you spend your all-too-scarce time? What does a well-done day feel like?
Take a few minutes right now — lean back and allow yourself to imagine that perfect day.
Time’s up. Now, back to reality.
We all have too many days that enthusiastically start with a well-intentioned to do list, and end with barely a checkmark. But this email isn’t about to-do lists — although I can’t imagine a day without at least a few of them. …
Like many avid readers and curious learners, I can’t just read a book. I have to highlight, bookmark, make doodle notes. And then there is the moment when the last page is turned.
I look up. Who can I share these new insights with?
This morning I started gathering notes for a blog post, not really certain where it was going, but searching for some inspiration. What I discovered were some favorite thoughts among my note collection. These are the insights — with a few ideas of my own tossed in — that need sharing today.
I confess. I’m a committed curious learner. Always have been — at least for as long as I can remember.
There’s nothing like hearing the excited voice in my head shout, “What? Hold it! I need to know what this is all about.” And I’m diving into the next rabbit hole.
What about the curious learner in you?
Take a minute and think about your typical day. When do you find yourself smiling over a newly-discovered idea — buried in a book, seeing unexpected dots connect in a webinar, sharing what you’ve learned with a colleague?
With all the pressure…
It was 2011, and I had the dubious honor of leading a 90-year-old member organization for the year. I say “dubious” because we were facing a financial crisis that challenged our future. We created a team of strategic leaders who would eventually bring us soundly to the other side. It was during the months of triage that a friend and fellow member made a comment that has impacted my thinking since then.
“You think that everyone has the ability to connect the dots like you do. They don’t.”
She was right. I assumed the way I saw the problem and…
Do you remember when you were a child and heard that someone was 30 years old? They sounded really old, didn’t they?
That’s a little how I feel as I look back 30 years. When I started Quest Technology Group, I never imagined I would be here 30 years in the future writing this post.
It’s impossible not to reflect back over those years. The road has been a winding one with its share of potholes, but the trip has been worth every bumpy mile.
Here are 30 random souvenirs collected on the trip.
“Plant your tree before you need the shade.”
— — Seth Godin
You and your customers have built relationships of mutual trust. But how do you continue to meet your customers’ expectations day after day?
Here are 5 ideas for keeping those valued relationships alive and thriving.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
— — Yogi Berra
How many times has someone asked you the dreaded question “What does your company do?” Dreaded because you know you should have a snappy, engaging reply, one that naturally leads to “Really, tell me more.”
Instead you dive in with the easy default answer — the long list of products and services your company provides.
Or maybe you offer something vague like “We’re a technology company.” …