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Cultivate Creativity for Business Success

Creativity is an invaluable skill… one that everyone wants to possess but not everyone has. It is a quality that companies desperately desire in their employees, but one that has been nearly impossible to test for, spot or measure in any discernable way.  From the smallest shops to the most successful Fortune 100 companies, everyone wants the most creative talent.  Why is creativity so sought-after yet so elusive…. so needed and yet so scarce?  It is because creativity makes people more effective and resourceful problem-solvers… and ultimately solving problems is what businesses do.  That’s the crux of it.  Solving problems is how companies make money.

In fact, whereas once upon a time, critical thinking – which is the ability to synthesize and evaluate information -- was hailed as the essential  process skill for success, today ‘creating’ is the most valued of all higher order thinking skills.  In today’s fast-paced world, people need to be able to reframe challenges, extrapolate and transform information, and deal with uncertainty in order to spot opportunities and craft solutions.  In fact, a 2010 IBM survey of 1500 CEOs in 33 different industries found that “creativity” was ranked as the most crucial factor for success.  Given the increasing value of creativity, it is not surprising that more universities have added not only “Creative Studies” courses to their menu, but also full Creative Studies degree programs.  That begs the question then, can creativity be taught, improved, and harnessed? 

Teaching Creativity

College students in disciplines as diverse as nursing, criminal justice and safety are taking Creativity classes and even adding Creative Studies as a minor.  Why?  Understanding the growing value of creativity in the marketplace and in the world today, students from all different industries and occupations want tools to help them solve problems and deal with community issues, and they want the credentials to take to market of having that skill.  It stands to reason that if students are taking classes to be more creative, then creativity is a skill that can be taught, and therefore also measured and evaluated. 

Indeed.  Educators now believe that every person is creative and can learn to be more creative.  If on-demand imagination sounds preposterous, it’s not.  Of course, some people may have more natural ingenuity than others, just as some people may be more naturally-talented writers or communicators.  But that doesn’t mean a below average writer can’t be taught to be a solid essayist.  Likewise, a marginally-creative person can be taught to be more inventive.  But how?  

Failure on Steroids

Using the tools of divergent thinking (which means generating multiple ideas) and convergent thinking (which focuses on parsing through all ideas to find what works), it is possible to improve creativity.  But to do that requires a lot of trial and error.  So apparently, a big part of the process of becoming more creative is to fail… a LOT.   One college course called Failure 101, taught by Jack Matson, an engineer and an instructor at Penn State, is premised on the idea that frequent and intense failures are an implicit part of creativity, innovation and change.  (Interestingly, embracing frequent failure is also an intrinsic part of sales success which is the lifeblood of any business, and all businesses exist to solve problems.  That, in turn, requires creativity.) 

Case in point.  Brad Keywell, a student of Matson’s and founder of Groupon, is a big believer in the necessity of failure in the creative process.  Perhaps that is because Groupon itself took off after the failure of another idea called ThePoint.com, where people were supposed to go to organize for collective action.  Although ThePoint.com failed, it led Keywell to realize a way to organize discount group purchases.  The key then is not just to be willing to fail but to recognize that failure is a critical avenue to a successful end.

Mixing Disciplines to Spur Discoveries

It is now believed that creativity and the greatest innovations, however, will come from not only identifying problems and trying to parse a solution through a process of trial and error, but also by augmenting cross-discipline interactions.  This is where people from two different fields or industries collaborate to find solutions to unique problems.

Case Study 1: Architecture + Insect Ecosystems = A Super Energy-Efficient Building

Case in point.  In the 1990s, an architect named Mick Pearce accepted an intriguing challenge from Old Mutual, an insurance and real estate conglomerate: Build an attractive, functioning office building that uses no air conditioning-- and do it in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Sounds ridiculous, right? After all, Harare can get pretty hot. The warm season in Harare lasts from September 23 to November 26 with an average daily high temperature above 83°F, with the hottest days hitting 86°F.  However, Pearce -- born in Zimbabwe, educated in South Africa, and trained as an architect in London -- was up for the challenge. He achieved it by basing his architectural designs on how termites cool their tower-like mounds of mud and dirt.

Generally, termites and building construction are not a good mix.  But in this case having knowledge about both was gold.  You see, termites must keep the internal temperature of their mounds at a constant 87 degrees in order to grow an essential fungus.  This is not an easy job since temperatures on the African plains can range from more than 100 degrees during the day to less than 40 at night. Still, the insects manage to maintain the right temperature by ingeniously directing breezes at the base of the mound into chambers with cool, wet mud and then redirecting this cooled air to the peak. By constantly building new vents and closing old ones, they can regulate the temperature very precisely.

Pearce was interested in more than just architecture. He also had a passion for understanding natural ecosystems, and in that situation, the two fields intersected. Pearce teamed with mechanical engineers from the firm Ove Arup to bring this combination of concepts to fruition. The office complex, Eastgate, opened in 1996, and was the largest commercial/ retail complex in Zimbabwe at the time. But that’s not what was most notable about it.  The most interesting aspect of the building was that it maintained a steady temperature of 73 to 77 degrees and used less than 10 percent of the energy consumed by other buildings its size. In fact, at that time Old Mutual saved $3.5 million immediately because it did not have to install an air conditioning plant.

Eastgate ultimately became a reference point for architects; articles and books have been written about it, and the award-winning Pearce is credited as a groundbreaking innovator for launching a new field of architectural design that “copies the processes of nature.”

What enabled this breakthrough? He was not a world-leading expert in architecture, and he certainly was not an expert in termite ecology. But he did not have to be. Instead, Pearce used his knowledge of one field and leveraged it with ideas and concepts from another, seemingly unrelated field. In other words, he stepped into the intersection between those two fields and found innovation.

Case Study 2:  Marine Biology + Epidemiology = Bacteria-Resistant Equipment

If termite-inspired building design sounds like a creative fluke (a great idea but a fluke nonetheless), think again.  It is precisely at the intersection of two very diverse disciplines where creativity lives and innovation is born. 

Like most bursts of creative genius, this innovation began with a problem:  how to keep algae (barnacles) from coating the hulls of submarines and ships.  In 2002, Dr. Anthony Brennan, a materials science and engineering professor at the University of Florida, was visiting the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu as part of Navy-sponsored research. The U.S. Office of Naval Research solicited Dr. Brennan to find new antifouling strategies to reduce use of toxic antifouling paints and trim costs associated with dry dock and drag.

Dr. Brennan was convinced that using an engineered topography could be a key to new antifouling technologies. At the conference, Dr. Brennan and several colleagues watched an algae-coated nuclear submarine return to port and remarked that the submarine looked like a whale lumbering into the harbor. Brennan wondered aloud why whales have barnacles on their skin but sharks do not. His colleagues brushed off the question, saying that sharks simply swam too fast for the algae to grow.  Dr. Brennan was not convinced. 

Dr. Brennan decided to take a closer look at a shark’s skin.  He noticed that a shark’s skin, while smooth when rubbed in one direction, was coarse like sandpaper when rubbed in the opposite direction.  He was inspired to take an actual impression of shark skin, or more specifically, the dermal denticles.  Examining the impression with scanning electron microscopy, Dr. Brennan confirmed his theory. Shark skin denticles are arranged in a distinct diamond pattern with tiny riblets. Dr. Brennan measured the ribs’ width-to-height ratios which corresponded to his mathematical model for roughness – one that would discourage microorganisms from settling. A synthetic copy of this pattern was created in a plastic coating dubbed Sharklet.  The first test of Sharklet yielded impressive results. Sharklet reduced green algae settlement by 85 percent compared to smooth surfaces.

Dr. Brennan then evaluated Sharklet’s ability to inhibit the growth of other microorganisms.  In the lab, he tried to grow human bacteria in a petri dish in which half was uncoated and the other half was coated with the Sharklet film that mimicked the shark’s dermal denticles.  In the half of the uncoated petri dish, bacteria multiplied and flourished.  But in the other half of the dish coated with the Sharklet film, no bateria would grow.  Why?  Similar to algae, bacteria take root singly or in small groups with the intent to establish large colonies, or biofilms.  And, like other organisms, bacteria seek the path of least energy resistance. Research results suggested that Sharklet keeps biofilms from forming because the pattern requires too much energy for bacteria to colonize. Smaller than a human hair and invisible to the naked eye, the Sharklet micro-pattern mimics sharkskin to create surfaces that are inhospitable for bacteria. The consequence is that organisms find another place to grow or simply die from inability to signal to other bacteria.  Sharklet has proven to be a mighty defense against bacteria.  Beyond its application to ship hulls, new applications for the pattern emerged including urinary and central venous catheters, endotracheal tubes, intraocular lenses, and films that can be adhered to hospital beds and doors, and other places where bacteria are inadvertently transferred and thrive.

Sharklet's technology sits smack in the middle of a burgeoning field called "biomimicry," which explores how nature can be copied to solve human problems.  Bacterial resistance is an especially hot topic, thanks to growing concerns about the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections. In 1976, only 5% of staph infections were resistant. Today, more than half are, meaning they're tougher to treat and far more deadly.  Without using antimicrobials or chemicals, Sharklet is an innovation that stands to eradicate the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.

The key to creativity is allowing people to think out of the box and break out of established patterns in order to see things in a different way.  It means allowing employees to try things and fail often.  And it means bringing people together to collaborate, throw around ideas and share knowledge.  Indeed, in the fast-changing world that has emerged during the last couple of decades, finding innovations at such intersections is necessary for long-term survival. These intersections are the surest way to nurture creativity and develop groundbreaking ideas.  The next time a business or company has a problem it needs to tackle, or its clients have an issue that they can’t solve, harness the creative juices of the team and collaborate with other disciplines to fine a solution.  It may just lead to the next big breakthrough, and creativity will again pave the way to business success.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought."
Albert Einstein


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Issue #287 MANAGING EMPLOYEE REQUESTS FOR TIME OFF Jul 01
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Issue #285 PART 2 - SLEEP: THE ULTIMATE MEMORY ENHANCER Jun 17
Issue #284 MIND MATTERS: PART 1: MEMORY REDUCERS AND MEMORY KILLERS Jun 10
Issue #283 TIME TO PREPARE Jun 03
Issue #282 IT’S SHOWTIME: PART 2 - MAKING THE MOST OF THE SHOW May 27
Issue #281 IT’S SHOWTIME… ALMOST! PART 1 - PREPARING TO GO TO THE SHOW May 20
Issue #280 SIX-STAR SERVICE: PART 2-ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING SIX-STAR SERVICE May 13
Issue #279 SIX-STAR SERVICE: PART 1- HOW IS GOOD SERVICE DEFINED? May 06
Issue #278 SERVICING THE INTERNAL CUSTOMER Apr 29
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Issue #267 GETTING RECOMMENDATIONS Feb 04
Issue #266 SUPER SALESMANSHIP Jan 28
Issue #265 THE AMAZING POWER OF HABITS - PART 3 Jan 21
Issue #264 THE AMAZING POWER OF HABITS – PART 2 Jan 14
Issue #263 THE AMAZING POWER OF HABITS - PART 1 Jan 07
Issue #262 A SUCCESSION PLAN Dec 31
Issue #261 COUNT BLESSINGS EVEN IN TOUGH TIMES Dec 17
Issue #260 TEN TIPS FOR GIVING GIFTS TO CLIENTS Dec 10
Issue #259 DOES PRACTICE MAKE PERFECT? Dec 03
Issue #258 PREVENTING HUMAN ERROR Nov 26
Issue #257 UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS: WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW Nov 19
Issue #256 TEN STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH PROLONGED STRESS Nov 12
Issue #255 HOW A COMPANY’S REPUTATION IMPACTS ITS ABILITY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT Oct 29
Issue #254 BEYOND ABSENTEEISM – PART 2 Oct 22
Issue #253 BEYOND ABSENTEEISM – PART 1 Oct 15
Issue #252 THE COST OF EMPLOYEE TARDINESS Oct 10
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Issue #250 FORGIVENESS AT WORK PART 2 Sep 19
Issue #249 FORGIVENESS AT WORK PART 1 Sep 10
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Issue #229 SPRING CLEANING YOUR MARKETING - PART 1 Apr 23
Issue #228 PRAISE PAYS Apr 16
Issue #227 SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS - PART 2 Apr 09
Issue #226 SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS - PART 1 Apr 02
Issue #225 WHAT MAKES A VIDEO GO VIRAL? - PART 2 Mar 26
Issue #224 WHAT MAKES A VIDEO GO VIRAL? - PART 1 Mar 19
Issue #223 WHEN BUSINESS SYSTEMS FAIL Mar 12
Issue #222 PERSNICKETY OR PERFECTIONIST? Mar 05
Issue #221 KEEPING ALL THE PLATES SPINNING Feb 27
Issue #220 KEEPING ALL THE PLATES SPINNING Feb 20
Issue #219 INFLEXIBILITY Feb 13
Issue #218 THE "NO" PROBLEM Feb 06
Issue #217 THE POWER OF PROCRASTINATION Jan 30
Issue #216 BE UNREASONABLE!! Jan 23
Issue #215 COMPETITION: THE BEST MEDICINE Jan 16
Issue #214 SOMETHING OLD; SOMETHING NEW; SOMETHING BORROWED... AND NOW SOMETHING TRUE BLUE Jan 09
Issue #213 AFTER SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW... SOMETHING BORROWED Jan 02
Issue #212 SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW. Dec 26
Issue #211 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM STEVE JOBS – PART 3 Dec 19
Issue #210 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM STEVE JOBS – PART 2 Dec 12
Issue #209 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM STEVE JOBS – PART 1 Dec 05
Issue #208 ONE THING: EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD FIND THEIRS Nov 28
Issue #207 THANKFULNESS: THE PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS Nov 21
Issue #206 DOES CUSTOMER RESPONSE TIME MATTER? Nov 14
Issue #205 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 6 Nov 07
Issue #204 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 5 Oct 31
Issue #203 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 4 Oct 24
Issue #202 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 3 Oct 17
Issue #201 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 2 Oct 10
Issue #200 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 1 Oct 03
Issue #199 BUSINESS LESSONS LEARNED FROM BORDERS Sep 26
Issue #198 UNCOMMON COURTESY Sep 19
Issue #197 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Sep 12
Issue #196 LIFELONG LEARNING Sep 05
Issue #195 WHEN THINGS GO WRONG Aug 29
Issue #194 THE AGE OF ENGAGEMENT Aug 22
Issue #193 THE POWER OF SUBTLE SUGGESTIONS Aug 15
Issue #192 THE PRUDENCE OF PREVENTION Aug 08
Issue #191 THE VALUE OF PROPER ONBOARDING Aug 01
Issue #190 EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: PART 2 Jul 25
Issue #189 EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: PART 1 Jul 18
Issue #188 TEN TIPS FOR A SMOOTHER VACATION Jul 11
Issue #187 VACATION ELATION Jul 06
Issue #186 PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY… BUT IT MATTERS A LOT Jun 27
Issue #185 AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Jun 20
Issue #184 TOP 8 MOST UNDERRATED QUALITIES Jun 13
Issue #183 THE ART OF GOOD TIMING Jun 06
Issue #182 FIRST-DAY EXCITEMENT EVERYDAY May 30
Issue #181 SMART, CLEVER OR WISE? May 23
Issue #180 USING PAST ADVERSITY TO FUEL PERSEVERANCE May 16
Issue #179 TECHNOLOGY AND THE DIGITAL HUMAN May 09
Issue #178 THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: PART 2 May 02
Issue #177 THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: PART 1 Apr 24
Issue #176 WINNING WEBSITES: WHEN AN “F” IS AN A+ Apr 18
Issue #175 EYE DO DECLARE: THE GOOGLE EFFECT AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE Apr 11
Issue #174 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 4 Apr 04
Issue #173 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 3 Mar 28
Issue #172 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 2 Mar 21
Issue #171 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 1 Mar 16
Issue #170 ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKING, PART 2 Mar 07
Issue #169 ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKING, PART 1 Feb 28
Issue #168 SOCIAL NETWORKING: WHICH SITES ARE RIGHT FOR YOU? Feb 21
Issue #167 HOW TO KEEP YOUR BEST PEOPLE Feb 14
Issue #166 FINDING YOUR BLIND SPOTS Feb 07
Issue #165 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, PART 3 Jan 31
Issue #164 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, PART 2 Jan 24
Issue #163 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, PART 1 Jan 17
Issue #162 CUSTOMER SERVICE ON STEROIDS, PART 3 Jan 10
Issue #161 CUSTOMER SERVICE ON STEROIDS, PART 2 Jan 03
Issue #160 CUSTOMER SERVICE ON STEROIDS, PART 1 Dec 27
Issue #159 BAD SERVICE IS BAD BUSINESS Dec 20
Issue #158 WHEN A VENDOR PERFORMS POORLY Dec 13
Issue #157 GIVING THANKS: THE ART OF GIFT-GIVING AT WORK Dec 06
Issue #156 THANKSGIVING EVERY DAY Nov 29
Issue #155 32 QUALITIES OF A TRUSTED ADVISOR Nov 22
Issue #154 SELLING IN AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY Nov 15
Issue #153 EMAIL AS A SALES TOOL Nov 08
Issue #152 THE ELEVATOR PITCH: GETTING YOUR POINT ACROSS IN TWO MINUTES OR LESS Nov 01
Issue #151 FIRST IMPRESSION... LASTING IMPRESSION. Oct 25
Issue #150 STAFFING UP: PART 5 Oct 18
Issue #149 STAFFING UP: PART 4 Oct 11
Issue #148 STAFFING UP: PART 3 Oct 04
Issue #147 STAFFING UP: PART 2 Sep 27
Issue #146 STAFFING UP: PART 1 Sep 20
Issue #145 GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT YOUR BLOG, PART 2 Sep 13
Issue #144 GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT YOUR BLOG, PART1 Sep 06
Issue #143 JOINING THE BLOG BANDWAGON Aug 30
Issue #142 SICK AT WORK Aug 23
Issue #141 OFFICE ETIQUETTE IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY, PART 2 Aug 16
Issue #140 OFFICE ETIQUETTE IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY, PART 1 Aug 09
Issue #139 PLANNING FOR PROFIT: PART 3 Aug 02
Issue #138 PLANNING FOR PROFIT: PART 2 Jul 26
Issue #137 PLANNING FOR PROFIT: PART 1 Jul 19
Issue #136 REMOTE STAFFING, PART 3 Jul 12
Issue #135 REMOTE STAFFING, PART 2 Jul 05
Issue #134 REMOTE STAFFING, PART 1 Jun 28
Issue #133 GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH YOUR TRADE SHOW EFFORTS: PART 3 Jun 21
Issue #132 GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH YOUR TRADE SHOW EFFORTS: PART 2 Jun 14
Issue #131 GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH YOUR TRADE SHOW EFFORTS: PART 1 Jun 07
Issue #130 SAY WHAT? THE ART OF SPEAKING CLEARLY May 31
Issue #129 AFTER THE MEETING… ACHIEVING RESULTS May 24
Issue #128 MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY MEETING May 17
Issue #127 PREPARING FOR THE MEETING May 10
Issue #126 BEING CAREFUL WITH EMAIL May 03
Issue #125 LAUGHING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS Apr 26
Issue #124 JUST SAY “NO” TO NEGATIVITY. Apr 19
Issue #123 SELLING MORE – PART 4 Apr 12
Issue #122 SELLING MORE – PART 3 Apr 05
Issue #121 SELLING MORE – PART 2 Mar 29
Issue #120 SELLING MORE – PART 1 Mar 22
Issue #119 STEADY WINS THE RACE! Mar 15
Issue #118 MULTITASKING MADNESS…. BADNESS? Mar 08
Issue #117 MARKETING NOW: A BAKER’S DOZEN OF TODAY’S TRENDS Mar 01
Issue #116 FAILING TO SUCCEED Feb 22
Issue #115 NO “I” IN TEAMWORK… ESPECIALLY IN TOUGH TIMES Feb 15
Issue #114 BE ‘BUSINESS FRUGAL’ Feb 08
Issue #113 THE POWER OF JOB OWNERSHIP: INVESTING YOURSELF IN WHAT YOU DO. Feb 01
Issue #112 TAME THE PAPER TIGER: SIMPLIFY BY REDUCING CLUTTER Jan 25
Issue #111 TEN MORE TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT Jan 18
Issue #110 TEN TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT Jan 11
Issue #109 ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS! Jan 04
Issue #108 SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING SOCIAL MEDIA IN 2010 Dec 28
Issue #107 CONTROL YOUR GOOGLE 10 Dec 21
Issue #106 WHEN AND HOW TO RESPOND TO NEGATIVE ONLINE REVIEWS Dec 14
Issue #105 QUICK TIPS FOR ONLINE REPUTATION MANAGEMENT Dec 07
Issue #104 AVOID THE MOST COMMON WRITING MISTAKES. Nov 30
Issue #103 BE CLEAR, CONCISE, DIRECT AND PERSONAL. Nov 23
Issue #102 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY FOR SUCCESS. Nov 16
Issue #101 WHAT YOUR BUSINESS WRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU… AND YOUR COMPANY. Nov 09
Issue #100 REWARDING CUSTOMER LOYALTY Nov 02
Issue #99 SALES SUCCESS: PART Oct 26
Issue #98 FROM LEADS TO DEALS… HOW TO IMPROVE SALES CONVERSION Oct 19
Issue #97 SALES SUCCESS: PART 1 Oct 12
Issue #96 RUTHLESS PRIORITIZATION Oct 05
Issue #95 STRESS OUT: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR REACTION TO STRESS. PART 3 Sep 28
Issue #94 DE-STRESS. PART 2 Sep 21
Issue #93 GOT STRESS? PART 1 Sep 14
Issue #92 BUILDING NEGOTIATING POWER Sep 07
Issue #91 THE SECRET OF NETFLIX Aug 31
Issue #90 LINKEDIN FOR BUSINESS Aug 24
Issue #89 FACEBOOK AND TWITTER FOR GROWN-UPS Aug 17
Issue #88 BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS Aug 10
Issue #87 MEASURING SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROI Aug 03
Issue #86 SOCIAL NETWORKING, PART ONE Jul 27
Issue #85 KEEP ON SELLING Jul 20
Issue #84 THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Jul 13
Issue #83 CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT, PART TWO Jul 06
Issue #82 CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT, PART ONE Jun 29
Issue #81 A GOOD CRISIS Jun 22
Issue #80 ARE WE THERE YET? Jun 15
Issue #79 CREATING THE FUTURE Jun 08
Issue #78 ARE YOU DREAMING? Jun 01
Issue #77 YOU CAN ALWAYS START AGAIN! May 25
Issue #76 WINNING THE LOTTERY May 18
Issue #75 LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS AND DO THE OPPOSITE May 11
Issue #74 ALL TOGETHER NOW! May 04
Issue #73 ZERO-BASED THINKING Apr 27
Issue #72 A YEAR IN THE MAKING! Apr 20
Issue #71 LEADERSHIP IN TOUGH TIMES Apr 13
Issue #70 THE UPSIDE OF PAIN? Apr 06
Issue #69 OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING Mar 30
Issue #68 HOW TO HANDLE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS Mar 23
Issue #67 HOW TO GET GOOD FEEDBACK Mar 16
Issue #66 HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY WISELY Mar 09
Issue #65 HOW TO MAKE THE BIG DECISIONS Mar 02
Issue #64 GOOD STRESS, BAD STRESS Feb 23
Issue #63 WHAT DO YOU NEED TODAY? Feb 16
Issue #62 BEING INDEPENDENT – INTERDEPENDENTLY Feb 09
Issue #61 LISTEN FOR SUCCESS Feb 02
Issue #60 HOW BEST TO SPEND MARKETING DOLLARS Jan 26
Issue #59 THE 7.5 RULES TO SUCCESSFUL SELLING Jan 19
Issue #58 HOW MUCH IS YOUR TIME WORTH? Jan 12
Issue #57 KEEPING SCORE Jan 05
Issue #56 A BETTER MOUSETRAP Dec 29
Issue #55 LET’S TALK ABOUT SETTING GOALS... Dec 22
Issue #54 ‘TIS THE SEASON Dec 15
Issue #53 HOW TO SAY GOODBYE Dec 08
Issue #52 ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT Dec 01
Issue #51 HOW TO UNSTICK YOURSELF Nov 24
Issue #50 MAKING A DIFFERENCE Nov 17
Issue #49 A DEPRESSION? Nov 10
Issue #48 WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? Nov 03
Issue #47 WORDS OF WISDOM Oct 27
Issue #46 AN OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUE Oct 20
Issue #45 HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION Oct 13
Issue #44 PREDICTING THE FUTURE Oct 06
Issue #43 TEAM WORK Sep 29
Issue #42 WHY WORRY? Sep 22
Issue #41 THINK OF COMPETITION AS YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER. Sep 15
Issue #40 LESSONS FROM COOKIES... Sep 08
Issue #39 ACCEPTING CRITICISM… Sep 01
Issue #38 DID YOU HEAR WHAT WAS SAID? Aug 25
Issue #37 RECESSION AND CREATIVITY? Aug 18
Issue #36 HOW TO DEAL WITH CHANGE? Aug 11
Issue #35 THE BASICS HAVE NOT CHANGED Aug 04
Issue #34 STAY FOCUSED! Jul 28
Issue #33 DO YOU HAVE A GROWING MIND? Jul 21
Issue #32 IS ANYONE LISTENING? Jul 14
Issue #31 HOW ORGANIZED IS YOUR DESK? Jul 07
Issue #30 KEEP CHOOSING! Jun 30
Issue #29 HOW TO GET UP AND KEEP GOING Jun 23
Issue #28 WHERE IS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET GOING? Jun 16
Issue #27 UNDERSTANDING STRESS Jun 09
Issue #26 UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE NEVER FAIL – THEY JUST STOP TRYING Jun 02
Issue #25 WORK ON PROJECTS, NOT ON A “TO-DO” LIST May 26
Issue #24 ARE YOU TOO BUSY TO MAKE MONEY? May 19
Issue #23 WHAT DO YOU DO? May 12
Issue #22 MORE ON TIME MANAGEMENT… May 05
Issue #21 TIME MANAGEMENT IS A WASTE OF TIME Apr 28
Issue #20 MODELING Apr 21
Issue #19 BELIEVE IN YOURSELF Apr 14
Issue #18 HOW TO FAIL SUCCESSFULLY Apr 07
Issue #17 LIVE IN THE PRESENT… Mar 31
Issue #16 FOLLOW UP AND HAVE FUN. Mar 24
Issue #15 SAY PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Mar 17
Issue #14 PART TWO – KNOW YOUR OWN FEELINGS. Mar 10
Issue #13 PART ONE – KNOW YOUR OWN FEELINGS. Mar 03
Issue #12 LET’S GO ON A MENTAL DIET… Feb 25
Issue #11 THE SECRET TO PERSUADING OTHERS… Feb 18
Issue #10 I WANT TO FEEL GOOD? Feb 11
Issue #9 PART TWO – LISTENING FOR SUCCESS. Feb 04
Issue #8 PART ONE – LISTENING FOR SUCCESS. Jan 28
Issue #7 DO YOU HAVE INTEGRITY? Jan 21
Issue #6 WHO IS YOUR MENTOR? Jan 14
Issue #5 PART TWO – MAKE THIS YEAR YOUR BEST YEAR YET... Jan 07