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A Prediction Is Just An Educated Guess Until It Becomes a Reality, Back to the Office is Fast on the Way. Sorry, Rover!

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Mar 31, 2021 2:50:25 PM

“Pets understand humans better than humans do.” said Ruchi Prabhu, Indian Author. One thing for sure, our pets will miss us when we return to the office, but somehow they will survive. Pet party! The humans are gone!

When the pandemic is over or almost over, in whatever form that takes, where will workers go work? Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said, in referring to the growing sentiment of working remotely, "I do think for a business like ours, which is an innovative, collaborative apprenticeship culture, this is not ideal for us. And it's not a new normal. It's an aberration that we're going to correct as soon as possible."

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership, CEO Series

Building A Business Collaboration Machine: Use Teamwork to Make the Dream Work

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Oct 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Businesses today have to move and think fast to keep up with the ever-changing landscapes of their industry. Without the agile mindset, staying competitive is almost impossible. By encouraging and developing a culture of creative collaboration, you give your business a competitive advantage. A huge leg up on your competition!

Cross-functional (leadership, accounting, marketing, production, development, customer service, etc.) teams can meet in a collaborative environment and bring different skill sets, perspectives, and functional expertise to the table to solve a common problem or achieve a common goal. It can be easy for cross-functional teams to fall into competition with each other, but thoughtful cooperation and guidance is the name of the game. Remember, you’re all supposed to be working toward the same goal - success!

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

Diffusion of Innovations: How Ideas Spread Online and What You Can Do To Help

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Oct 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

So you have a brilliant new product, idea or message. But getting the word out to encourage widespread awareness and adoption is more easily said than done - unless you understand exactly how ideas spread.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Marketing

The Elevator Pitch: Tips for Crafting A Stellar Pitch in 2 Minutes or Less

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Sep 25, 2018 8:40:56 AM

If there is one imperative for every business, it’s a stellar elevator pitch. You might want to consider developing one or re-thinking the current one, otherwise, it may be a sign you don't understand your brand, as well as you, think you do.

If you can’t communicate your message clearly and concisely in three minutes or less, then your messaging may need to be reevaluated.

There is, however, an art to creating your elevator pitch. Here are a few of our best tips to help you craft and deliver yours with panache and flair the next time someone asks you about your business. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, C-Suite

Personal Branding: Business Leaders Need The Right Strategy, Voice And Vision

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Aug 22, 2018 8:37:40 AM

Almost the entire population has a digital footprint - that includes 92% of toddlers. No matter who you are, the world can Google a picture of you, read your tweets or see your educational accomplishments. Together, all of these things become your "personal brand."

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Topics: Branding, C-Suite, Leadership

Reaching Your Target Audience: How to Craft the Perfect Marketing Persona

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Aug 21, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Consumers are more fragmented than ever. Sure, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have made it easier to interact with your audience, but at the same time it feels like connecting with them has never been harder.  

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Topics: Branding, Social Media, Digital Marketing

7 Marketing Challenges for Business Leaders in 2018 – and How to Solve Them

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Aug 14, 2018 7:29:00 AM

Do you feel like every time you have a handle on your marketing, something new comes along? You're not alone. Marketing trends and technology are constantly changing — forcing business leaders to jump on board or get left behind. So how do you stay ahead of the game this year? Here are seven marketing challenges you might face in 2018 and how to tackle them.

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Topics: Marketing, Digital Marketing

7 Ways to Keep an Eye on Your Competition

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Aug 6, 2018 1:06:00 PM

If you spy on your neighbors, it's considered creepy. However, if you keep tabs on your competition, it's just smart. To make sure you're not being left behind in your industry, it's important to know what your competitors — both known and yet to be discovered — are up to.  So channel your inner Gladys Kravitz and try out these seven tools to keep an eye on your peers.

 

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Coaches and CEOs: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Ask Questions To Win

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Jul 18, 2018 7:40:00 AM

If you're the head coach of a college or high school basketball team, it's safe to bet that you've probably had a few years coaching experience at a variety of levels. This is a true communication and leadership success story.
 
It all begins with one of the most successful college coaches who started as a newcomer to college coaching. He had never coached a national powerhouse high school team or a star-studded AAU program before he was hired to resurrect a storied D3 college basketball program. He will tell you about a coach doing it all. Scheduling games, running practices, mapping out strength and conditioning programs, arranging travel – private school coaches roll many responsibilities into one demanding job.

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Topics: CEO Series

Leave Burnout Behind: It's Time to Take a Break

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Jul 5, 2018 8:04:00 AM

It's no secret that the U.S. is the most overworked country in the world. A staggering percentage of us (85.8% of men and 66.5% of women) work more than 40 hours a week. Let's face it: We're run ragged and stressed out with coffee pulsing through our veins. We need about four more hours of sleep a night and three extra days in a week just to get it all done.

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Topics: Management

Time to Go Big CEOs — How To Think Big Picture

Posted by Michael S OGrady on May 31, 2018 12:52:53 PM

Thinking big picture is the process of stretching, extending your thinking far beyond the immediate day-to-day needs your business. It's moving outside the box, looking for an edge, and striving for something farther off than you may assume possible. It's establishing a vision for your company that doesn't include merely wanting to make money. 

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

Listen Up, CEOs! It's Time to Practice the Art of Listening

Posted by Michael S OGrady on May 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We all do it: Sitting there, nodding our heads, still making eye contact, but waiting for the person we're having a conversation with to finish their sentence so we can talk. As soon as they finish, we jump in with our counterpoints — which now may not even be in direct response to what they just said.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite, Leadership

Let's See Some Hustle Out There: How To Be The Champion of Business Strategy

Posted by Michael S OGrady on May 22, 2018 7:08:00 AM

A good coach would never send players onto the field without a strategy. And as a business leader, neither should you. It's your job to develop a game plan that sets you and your team up for success. But as many coaches know, you might have the perfect plan on paper, but it's worthless if it's not properly executed. Below are some tips for creating — and sticking to — a solid game plan that will push you to victory.

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Topics: Management Consulting, C-Suite, Leadership

CEO Insight: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Outsource?

Posted by Michael S OGrady on May 8, 2018 3:01:42 PM

Outsourcing has become a trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. With technology advancements come progress and change, and many companies are deciding that one of those changes is a move to outsource more of their business needs, instead of hiring in-house.

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Topics: Business Consulting, Operations, Management

Time to Get Moving: Exercise These 5 Business Fundamentals and Sculpt Your Business

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Apr 24, 2018 9:08:35 AM

Running a business is a lot like sticking to a workout routine: you need dedication, focus, and grit. There may be times when you don't even know where to begin or how you'll ever reach your goals, but fear not! Our easy, one-of-a-kind management routine focuses on five critical business fundamentals to get your company in shape and fit to thrive in no time. 

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Topics: Management Consulting

7 Traits Of A Successful CEO

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Apr 17, 2018 9:08:51 AM

Maybe it’s Not a Science Yet – But Progress is Being Made to Discover the Secret Formula …

Success is something that’s not handed out to just anyone — or any company.  Even if you come up with a ‘laundry list’ of elements, and all your ducks are in a row, this won’t necessarily equal success.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership

Confidence & Mojo - Getting Back into the Entrepreneurial Game

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Mar 2, 2018 8:06:00 AM

It happens. We lose confidence in ourselves, in our abilities. We wonder if we've got what it takes to really do this entrepreneurial thing. 

Doubt attacks even the best of the best, especially if you've been out of the game for awhile. After a hiatus, it can be easy to deceive yourself into believing that you're no longer up to snuff, that you haven't got what it takes.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership

The Customer Experience: Why Business Leaders Should Care, Part 2

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Jan 23, 2018 8:22:00 AM

The Rise of Mobile …where the UX must be accessible and visible

The number of mobile Internet users equaled its desktop user counterparts around 2014 and has since passed it. Also, the variety of mobile devices, especially the Android, is increasing.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

The Customer Experience: Why Business Leaders Should Care, Part 1

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Jan 18, 2018 6:46:00 AM

Customer Experience, or CX, is quickly becoming a major source of attention for companies in recent years. The customer experience is the overall interaction a person has with a brand — good, bad, or indifferent. 

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Topics: Leadership

CEO Challenges 2018: Adapt, Adopt, Evolve or Else!

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Dec 28, 2017 8:03:00 AM

In 2018, CEOs face a myriad of dramatic challenges on every front: rising cyber security threats, costly healthcare, capital funding, the new administration’s evolving regulations, ever-more demanding customer expectations and the economy.

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Topics: C-Suite

Top 8 Productivity Tips for The Crazy Busy CEOs

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Nov 16, 2017 7:25:00 AM

I know most startup gurus, entrepreneurs, and CEOs are crazy busy. Heck, I’m one of them. Each of us has only a limited amount of time at our disposal, no matter how large our team is. But there are ways to maximize productivity and still stay on top of your game, while having a little fun — who doesn’t like to have some fun with what we’ve made our professional passion, right?

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Topics: C-Suite

Does Your Company Innovate or Wait?

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Oct 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

You know the old saying: innovate or die. It’s never too early to start creating an innovative work environment for your business to thrive.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

A Winning Formula: Client Referrals = Sustained Growth

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Sep 12, 2017 7:11:00 AM

Any C-level executive or business leader understands that intensely loyal clients or customers can translate into measurable growth. Now recent research shows that by concentrating only on your most ardent customers, companies can add an invaluable tool to their growth strategies: referrals.

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Topics: C-Suite

7 Strategies to CEO Success

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Aug 15, 2017 10:54:00 AM



Successful CEOs learn to anticipate business patterns, find opportunities in pressure situations, serve the people they lead and overcome hardships. To acquire and utilize such impressive skill sets, many top leaders apply seven
strategies on a daily basis.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, Leadership

What if Ben Franklin Had The Power of Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots?

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Jun 13, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Just Imagine . . .

Philadelphia, June, 1752. Benjamin Franklin and his son William are poised to make history. Flying a kite with a key tied to the string, they wait for an approaching storm to conduct their electricity experiment. The grey clouds linger on the horizon far too long, so Ben whips out his iPhone and hits the home button: “Miss Siri if you please, when is the storm likely to arrive in our fair city?”

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Topics: Management, Technology

C-Suite Strategy — Smart Outsourcing For A Productivity Pop

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Mar 14, 2017 9:59:00 AM

As a business leader, you have two truths when it comes to getting a productivity pop: Delegate and Focus.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite

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