Archive for March 2013

The Power of Optimism

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

One of the lessons I have received in my career is to recognize and harness the power of optimism to effect positive change. This is a subject not often associated with developing a vibrant economy for a community. And yet, it just might be the “secret sauce” necessary for people living in a community to […]

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Leadership – 3rd In A Series

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

One of the things I am amazed by is the complexity of leadership as a subject. A Google search on the term brings roughly 105 million references. Leadership is a well discussed, but often poorly understood concept. I am also amazed by how elusive leadership is even after all the research and books written attempting […]

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American Dream Case Study – North Carolina versus Texas

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

  North Carolina: It’s About The Quality of Our Workforce (Quote From The Governor) Texas: Wide Open For Business. (Texas Wide Open for Business website)       Case Study This is one in a series of case studies to illustrate how you can use the 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report data to identify the […]

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Leadership – 2nd In A Series

Monday, March 25th, 2013

This is the second installment of the leadership series. This set of notes is from a talk that explored leadership from the perspective of looking beyond the standard skills. It reflects thoughts on skills that great leaders possess that are often not discussed. I had stars beside several of the points, so at the time […]

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The Call For Tactical Transparency

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity … Dalai Lama I have been reading a lot in the economic development news regarding the public demand for increased transparency on the use of incentive packages as a tactic to encourage capital investment in a community. It is a relatively controversial […]

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Leadership – 1st in a Series

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Art of Leadership One of the most important skills you can master for success is leadership. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to learn about leadership from some of the world’s best leaders during my career at Procter & Gamble. Leadership is one of the skills Procter & Gamble values highly […]

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It’s About More Than Just Jobs

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

You get what you measure. Measure the wrong thing and you get the wrong behaviors. – John H. Lingle The Problem The economic development profession is obsessed with year-over-year job creation. This focus has led to several unproductive behaviors including “poaching” companies from neighboring municipalities or states, and the questionable use of incentives as a way […]

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Crowd Sourcing Your Community’s Marketing Effort

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Peering succeeds because it leverages self-organization—a style of production that works more effectively than hierarchical management for certain tasks. ― Don Tapscott, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything I was going through my files and reread a summary of the book “Wikinomics”. It is a book about mass collaboration and how to leverage it for innovation. It […]

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An Easy And Affordable Way To Improve Your Communication Efforts

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. ― George Bernard Shaw     PRSSA Conference Learnings On March 16, 2013 I had an opportunity to speak at a PRSSA Regional Conference hosted by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The theme for this conference was “Beyond The Basics”. Over 100 […]

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How To Make Effective Management Presentations

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Stating Your Case Your Management and Board of Directors have asked you for a recommendation on the direction your organization should take to address a problem. You feel pretty passionate about the solution you are recommending, and they are very anxious to get the problem addressed. You feel like this is either going to be […]

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