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Archives for July 2009

Seek First to Understand

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Habit 5, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, is a continuation of Habit 4, Think Win/Win.  It is the idea that to truly think win/win, one must start with listening.  Thus the idea that one should seek first to understand, then to be […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Think Win/Win

Habit 4: Think Win/Win Think Win/Win is the first of 3 outwardly focused habit Covey presents in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  These are known as habits of interdependence.  These habits are designed to build lasting and meaningful relationships with other people – relationships that are mutually beneficial, based on principles, […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – First Things First

Habit 3: First Things First This habit is a critical one, and one that gets a lot of attention.  Before we delve into First Things First, let’s take a step back to place this habit in the proper context. Covey’s first three habits are described as habits of independence.  They are introspective in nature.  When […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Begin With The End In Mind

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind Covey’s second habit, “Begin With The End In Mind” deals with imagination, conscience, self-awareness and leadership. This habit is based on the premise that in life, all things are created twice.  There is the mental creation, or the vision, and then the actual creation, the fruits of […]

Anybody Know A Garage Guy?

Let me tell you a little story about the future of marketing, and why positive word of mouth is increasingly important to running a successful businesses. It was 6:30 pm.  Dinner was done.  The dishes were washed.  The kitchen clean.  Bath time for the youngsters was rapidly approaching, which would be followed by stories, bedtime, […]

Cherries

For all of my adult life, the length of which is debatable, I did not eat cherries.  For whatever reason, I decided that I did not care for them.  It was not like I hated them, I just had no interest in eating them.  Ironically, I have always loved cherry flavored Kool Aid, candy, gum, […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Be Proactive

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Habit 1: Be Proactive What does it mean to Be Proactive?  I view being proactive as taking responsibility for how you interact with the world. Stephen Covey discusses the idea that there is a space between stimulus and response, and that we as human beings, possess the […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Introduction

I am always looking for ways to better understand social media.  One source of explanatory information I find to be surprisingly useful is a book that was written long before the days of Facebook, Google, and Twitter – Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  You may be wondering what Covey’s book could possibly have […]

5 Things I Love About Dorothy Lane Market

I spend far too little time telling people about businesses that I love – too often opting to only complain about those that disappoint me.  So let me begin to remedy this by telling you about a business that I love – Dorothy Lane Market.  This small grocery retailer specializes in premium food items and exceptional […]

Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License

I recently read Gordon MacKenzie’s Orbiting The Giant Hairball, an excellent book about cultivating personal creativity – particularly how to do so in the workplace. It is a brilliant book, chronicling the author’s experiences as an employee at Hallmark.  The book is filled with doodles, sketches, stories, and anecdotes chronicling ways in which Gordon managed to […]