Archive for April 2013

Strategic Planning – 2nd in A Series

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

“Teamwork is the ability to work toward common vision: the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Andrew Carnegie Building a sustainable economy for your community requires effective strategic planning. Unfortunately, many communities do not have a winning strategic plan to guide […]

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What You Should Know About Entrepreneurial Funding

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Overview Of Entrepreneurial Funding Everybody agrees that creating a strong entrepreneurial environment can be an important driver for a community’s economic prosperity. Entrepreneurs can start their businesses up virtually anywhere with today’s communication technology. But, if accessing funding becomes a major challenge, it is unlikely any start-up business will survive let alone thrive. Communities need […]

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How to Solve Problems on Team Managed Projects

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Dealing With Challenges In economic development it is quite common to find yourself in a situation where you need to work with multiple Organizations that have differing missions, but are key to successful deployment of a community’s strategic growth plan. In the private sector, the analogy is working with cross-functional teams to achieve a specific […]

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How Do You Make The Short List?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WINNING THE FIRST MOMENT In several of my blog posts, I have emphasized the need for communities to have a strong online communication presence. I have reported on the Development Counsellors International 2011 International Winning Strategies Report  which indicates that 76% of the time a short list of location options is selected without ever reaching out […]

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American Dream Case Study – Ohio versus Michigan

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Ohio: Businesses Thrive in Ohio (JobsOhio Website) Michigan: Pure Michigan (Michigan Economic Development Corporation 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 comparative strengths and weaknesses of your state for use in a SWOT analysis. Analysis […]

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Strategic Planning – 1st in A Series

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”   Playing to Win Strategic planning is absolutely critical to the global competitiveness of our nation. Yet, many local economic development organizations (EDOs) do not have the skills required to develop winning strategic plans for their communities. As a direct consequence, decisions are often […]

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Compendium on Leadership Lessons

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams   LEADERSHIP The reader feedback from my most recent series of blog posts on leadership has been unexpected, amazing and so appreciated.  One reader suggested I consider authoring an eBook compiling the content […]

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Leadership – 12th in A Series

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Practical Leadership Tips This is the 12th post in a series on leadership.  The posts share insights I collected over my career at Procter & Gamble.  I kept a journal on leadership over that time.  The wisdom from so many excellent leaders is just as valid today as it was then.  My hope is that […]

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Leadership – 11th in A Series

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Teach People To Dream One of the focus areas for Management when I worked at P&G was to find the “big idea”. This is a concept that would have a noticeable and measurable impact on the business. It seemed like every conversation with Management centered on defining the “big idea”. I will admit that there […]

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Leadership – 10th in a Series

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Thoughts On Leadership In previous posts, I have indicated how fortunate I have been to learn about leadership from some of the best business leaders in the nation. People I believe epitomize what it means to be a leader. One of those people is Gil Cloyd. Gil had a very successful career at Procter & […]

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