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Liminal Dimensions: Going from Enterprise 1.0 to Enterprise 2.0

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Liminal DimensionsLead Foot, Rabbit’s Foot or Gazelle’s Foot?[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignright" width="172" caption="Jon Hokama is the Principal and Founder of Jon Hokama and Associates, LLC."][/caption]In preparation for my participation in tomorrow’s panel discussion I want to share two reflections on the power of a business owner to drive change.I have the privilege of joining two thought leaders tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12, 2012) on “Accelerating Growth through Branding and Technology.” (Learn more here).Panelist Michael Doyle expanded my notion of brand to include the characteristic expansive—“owning the space”—when we first met.Next, fellow panelist Jonathan Senger introduced me to paradigm contrasting Enterprise 1.0 (E1) and the emerging Enterprise 2.0 (E2). You can get a sense of E1 by looking at businesses run by older Boomers and contrasting E2 by looking at businesses run by Millenials.Every business owner is on that thres…

Teaching Old Concepts New Tricks: Develop Your Team

Two challenges face every business owner: the challenge of optimizing our use of time and the challenge of gaining wisdom to sift through the oceans of information to find the pearls of professional excellence. An old concept in a new form can address these needs: develop your team. (more…)Teaching Old Concepts New Tricks: Develop Your Team is courtesy of American Business Advisors Blog

Are You a Flatlander?

How many dimensions do you operate in? Behold yon miserable creature. That Point is a Being like ourselves, but confined to the non-dimensional Gulf. He is himself his own World, his own Universe; of any other than himself he can form no conception; he knows not Length, nor Breadth, nor Height, for he has had no experience of them; he has no cognizance even of the number Two; nor has he a thought of Plurality, for he is himself his One and All, being really Nothing. Yet mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.
Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many DimensionsYou must be careful not to confuse correlation with causality in assessing the happiness we can find…―Clayton ChristiansenFinancial planners, like most of us, live in a two-dimensional world of measurable data—time and money: how much time, money, and cash flow do our clients hav…

Discover the Gratitude

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This week before Thanksgiving finds each of us in a different place. Some of us are preparing to close up early. Others of us may be facing a pre-holiday, pre-Black Friday rush in our business or in last-minute preparations for family.And some of you Coloradoans may even be taking a ski day!But, for all of us who own businesses or provide financial advice to those who do, this week provides a good opportunity for us to slow down enough to discover gratitude for our life and all the blessings we are experiencing. In addition to the intrinsic benefit of giving thanks, there are objective reasons for doing so. According to U of California Davis professor, Robert Emmons1.People with neuromuscular conditions similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) who kept a gratitude journal reportfewer illness symptoms,feeling better about their lives as a whole, andare more optimistic about the future.Based on this and other research, Emmons concluded is that gratitude is a choice and one’s happiness …

“The Right Stuff: The Second Key for Your Business”

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My wife and I had the privilege of visiting Kennedy Space Center a few weeks ago (see above). Yes, we are absolutely dwarfed by the massive Saturn V that sent three intrepid explorers to walk on the moon July 20, 1969.
This “rocket garden” gives you a hint of the strategic plan to get to building the Saturn V. Every rocket—from the slight Vanguard, which launched America’s first satellite, to the Saturn IB, which was the predecessor to the Saturn V—was part of a strategic plan to learn what was needed to get man to the moon.These stepping stone rockets remind us that it took a specific plan to achieve the moon landing. When we see the math and engineering it required to test and build all the interconnected systems and processes to get those men to the moon and back, we begin to realize the careful planning and practicing that was required to make sure any contingency could be addressed.Then it struck me: just as it takes a living, breathing organism of teams to enable a business to fl…

Your Leadership Success: The Tool Every Business Needs

What is the one essential that you must attend to as a business owner or leader in 2017? [To learn more, check out this Insider, Your Leadership Success One Essential Every Business Needs]It’s trust. Consider these facts:Companies with high trust make more money.Companies with high trust move faster and save money.Trustworthiness shapes both first impressions and sets the foundation for the relationship.To those of you who are feeling uncertain where to begin building trust in your company, we are providing you with the first step. This ancient Asian proverb reminds us that“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”Or as a friend reminded me,“The best time to plant a shade tree was 50 years ago. The next best time is today.”Your journey begins with an accurate and honest assessment of the strength of the trust bonds within your company. Here is a free tool from American Business Advisors to help you get started:Our Company’s Trust Quotient InventoryHave each of your …

Shocking Incentives

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Last week I shared the concept called The Sawyer Effect: Reward turns play into work.My friend, Chuck Blakeman, says that Industrial Age thinking about retirement gives The not so subtle message… that work and play do not mix, and that you are really supposed to live two lives – your work life and your meaningful life (shouldn’t work be meaningful, too?).Imagine if we were able to live out the positive side of the Sawyer Effect: Focusing on mastery makes work play.How might we reward mastery? There’s an old saw that some people who’ve been in a job for ten years have one year of experience repeated over and over. That’s certainly not mastery!A friend’s daughter once asked Yo-Yo Ma, the greatest living cellist, what she could do to become a great musician. “The key to becoming a world-class musician,” he said,” is to learn to love to practice, to practice every day as if you’re sitting on stage at Carnegie Hall for your debut concert.” Now that’s mastery!Mastery is its own reward. Mast…