• Why aren’t more company leaders publishing on LinkedIn?
    [March 16, 2015] The other day, I was browsing through LinkedIn (something I do at least once a day, for various reasons). I came upon this post from Dustin McKisson, vice president at something called First Resource. It’s a familiar story.
  • Employees are as or More Important Than Customers
    [February 20, 2015] In a late 2013 study, Gallup found that only 13% of workers actually feel engaged at their jobs.  What’s worse is that 63% of the workforce is not engaged at all. But wait, the news gets even more disheartening. An astounding 24%, one-quarter of the global workforce, is actively disengaged right now. Essentially we have […]
  • Internal Social Business for Leaders series: 1. Your profile
    [January 22, 2015] One of the most common questions executives ask as their organizations embrace internal social business platforms goes like this: I see the value and the potential behind it, but I don’t have time to use it or to learn all the complex functions behind it.
  • Business owners: How to enjoy your best year ever!
    [December 29, 2014] Your past does not equal your future. With a few improvements, it’s possible to elevate your business to a whole new level — which is what today’s post is all about.
  • 12 Things every business owner should know!
    [November 24, 2014] Here are 12 pieces of advice I wish someone had told me, when I started out in business. I hope you find them useful.
  • Talking Points Podcast: Do CEOs really need social media profiles?
    [October 27, 2014] It’s not a new discussion, but thanks to a post by Shelly Kramer this week (and a report on CEO.com), Kevin and I re-opened the conversation this week. We also discuss the recent MIMA Summit, talk to Shoutlet’s Greg Gerik and discuss Target’s new Instagram Halloween campaign.
  • 4 Things Every Company Should Know About Google
    [October 6, 2014] Every business owner knows that being at the top of a Google search is worth real money, but most businesses are in the dark about how Google chooses whom to place in those coveted top positions. The precise formula of how search engines work is a trade secret that is ever-changing and probably near impossible […]
  • Your Workforce is Disengaged: Here’s What To Do About it
    [September 15, 2014] Change is in the air. With disruptive technologies hitting businesses from the outside in and the inside out, how companies invest in technology and ultimately how people use it to get work done is under significant re-evaluation. At the same time, the rising workforce clash between older and younger generations is also pushing HR to […]
  • 7 Habits of highly successful leaders
    [August 25, 2014] Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with some incredible leaders. Here are 7 habits, which are common to all of them:
  • Social media marketing’s forgotten audience: The employee
    [August 4, 2014] When most brands think about engaging their employees via social media, what do you think comes to mind? I tend to think most companies see employees as a conduit to selling and raising awareness for the firm.
  • Your business is telling you something. Are you listening?
    [July 14, 2014] My good friend Jon emailed me this morning. He’d just used a new designer for a project and was so impressed with her work, that he wanted to show me what she did. He also said she was great to work with and recommended her to me.
  • 2 Powerful questions every business owner needs to ask`
    [June 10, 2014] Here are 2 powerful questions, to keep your business moving in the right direction.
  • Why You Should Give Up on Collaboration
    [May 13, 2014] We have no budget Managers don’t support the project It’s taking too long
  • 21 Powerful habits behind highly successful business owners
    [April 14, 2014] Over the years I have worked with thousands of business owners. Many of these were successful, some were hugely successful. Acquiring the habits for success I noticed that the most successful business owners shared certain habits. They did things, which the average business owner didn’t do. I decided to learn from them… to acquire their […]
  • 14 answers to the “what do I say on Twitter?” question from your CEO
    [March 24, 2014] One question I continue to hear from some of my larger clients, or friends/colleagues that work with larger companies: Should my CEO be on Twitter?
  • Two Things Owners Must Delegate In Order to Be Free
    [March 3, 2014] There are many things that business owners must do. Certainly there’s the doing of the thing that the business does and, perhaps more importantly, the selling of the thing the business does.
  • 5 Ways Email Makes Your Employees Hate Their Jobs
    [February 3, 2014] It can sound like a gentle wave, an eager ding, or perhaps a vibration on our phone felt from a pocket. It’s email, and regardless of how much we talk about the future of work and collaboration, we cannot ignore this blaring reality of all employee lives. Email keeps us handcuffed to our phones and […]
  • The Employee-Employer Contract Has Changed
    [January 13, 2014] I recently had a conversation with Thomas Friel who is the former CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, they are the ones who got Eric Schmidt his job as the CEO of Google in 2004 and were at one point ranked by the WSJ as the top executive search firm in […]
  • Top 15 social CEO’s tell what social media taught them
    [December 17, 2013] CEO’s who participate in social media (Social CEO’s) are seen as better leaders. That’s the conclusion reached in this chart by Weber Shandwick and KRC Research in their survey of 630 C suite executives.
  • How to Optimize Your Blog for Faster Loading in Three Easy Steps
    [November 25, 2013] Recently I’ve shared why your site needs to be ready for mobile, both for visitors in general as well as potential customers (not to mention how Google is calling foul on sites that don’t offer an optimized mobile experience).
  • Companies Have to Move Faster
    [October 21, 2013] Companies move very slowly but people don’t. It can take a company 1-2 years to make a decision, it takes a person a few minutes at most.
  • Should CEOs Blog?
    [September 16, 2013] Earlier on this month, my good friend, Euan Semple wrote a short blog post on the topic of how tough it is to put together that initial first blog entry, if you are new to blogging, and even more so if you are an executive. It’s just like the whole world is watching you for […]
  • College Presidents Blog and Tweet Much More Than Corporate CEO’s
    [August 26, 2013] Nora Ganim Barnes and her colleagues at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research have published an on going series of studies of social media in both business and higher education. Nora and Ava Lescault recently published an interesting report, College Presidents Out-Blog and Out-Tweet Corporate CEO’s as Higher Ed Delves Deeper into Social […]
  • Social Media Intelligence, The UK / North America Digital Divide, and Social’s Impact on Influence
    [August 5, 2013] I was grateful to be asked to contribute to three very different blogs in recent weeks – Canyon Communications, Salesforce and The Social Penguin – and the results can be found below. They cover different yet connected topics, so hopefully you’ll find use in at least one of them!
  • Why people criticise you and how to deal with it in just 3 steps
    [July 15, 2013] Here is a simple, powerful 3 step process, to help you totally overcome the impact or fear of negative criticism. Broadly, all of your critics can be divided into 1 of the following 2 groups: