A little about the SBA Blog
The Strengthening Brand America blog category is to be a forum where economic development professionals and marketing professionals can share their experience with and thoughts on place branding so as a community we have a better appreciation for how to successfully apply the principles for job growth and economic prosperity.
The From the CEO category is to be a forum where I can share thoughts on successful reapplication of private sector product and corporate branding principles in place branding.
“The American Dream is inextricably bound to America’s ideals of freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity for all Americans. … The American Dream is part of our soul. Without it, America will lose its vitality.” attributed to Roger Fortin (professor Xavier University) I have been working for a number of years to increase awareness of Xavier […]
Branding is what people say abut you when you are not in the room. Quote attributed to Jeff Bezos, CEO & Founder Amazon “What is branding?” is a question I get from clients all the time. The literature doesn’t really offer a practical answer. In the quote by Jeff Bezos, he provides guidance on figuring […]
The role of a great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them. Quote attributed to J. Buchan I have been a fan of the servant leader paradigm since my initial exposure to Stephen Covey early in my career. Stephen came with […]
July 30, 2017 at 8:21 am, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: business strategy,communication,conflict resolution,dealing with business issues,issue management,letting go,management,managing your boss,managing your boss training,organizational behavior,pushing back,tips on managing your boss | Category: Leadership
Awhile ago I published a post entitled the Secret to Managing Your Boss. It quickly became one of my most visited posts. I would guess that is because everybody has challenges in forming a mutually productive relationship with their boss. Because it was so popular, I decided to expand on that post with some additional advice.
July 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: business strategy,communication,conflict resolution,dealing with business issues,issue management,letting go,management,managing issues in business,organizational behavior,pushing back | Category: Leadership
At some point you have to let go of what you thought should happen and start living with what is actually happening. Quote attributed to Anonymous One of the biggest challenges in managing issues at work is recognizing which ones are worth your time versus which you should simply let go (at least for […]
June 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm, by Edward | 2 Comments | Tags: business strategy,business writing,communication,how to write in business,management,organizational behavior,recommendations | Category: Leadership
I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say. Quote attributed to Flannery O’Conner Why Write? Why bother writing at all in business? Can’t you just talk with somebody and get things accomplished faster? These are reasonable questions. Particularly since writing well is hard, and in the days of […]
June 23, 2017 at 11:33 am, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: #americandream,American Dream,contentment in life,dealing with a bad employee performance review,employee performance review,giving negative feedback,happiness,happy,personnel conversations,tough performance conversations,work performance | Category: Leadership
I have always found that if you handle a problem in a benevolent and transparent way, and involve other people so it is not just your opinion, people get to the other side of these conversations being more enthusiastic. Quote attributed to David M. Kelley One of the most challenging things about being a leader […]
June 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: #americandream,American Dream,American Dream Composite Index,Brand America,contentment in life,happiness,happy,Reclaiming the American Dream,what is the american dream | Category: Measures
Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Quote attributed to Aristotle What is happiness? Researchers tend to think of it as being satisfied with and having meaning in your life. It is a measure of personal positivity. There are a number of studies that confirm the […]
June 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: #americandream,American Dream,American Dream Composite Index,Brand America,safe community,safe space,safety,what is the american dream | Category: Measures
The safety of the people shall be the highest law. quote attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero You don’t have to go any further than the headlines of today’s publications to appreciate the importance of feeling safe in your community. Global jihadists have made this a front and center issue. But Islamism isn’t the only safety […]
May 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: #americandream,American Dream,American Dream Composite Index,Brand America,government trustworthiness,trust,trust in government,what is the american dream | Category: Measures
Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake. Trust in government is not a topic often explored or discussed. That is a problem because the degree of public trust in government is important to understand. Pew Research recently published their National Election Study finding that only 20% of Americans say […]