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Social Media - Do You Have a Plan?

Tue, 2016-05-03 10:34 -- tomjonez


This week I received a call from a friend asking about the social media services we provide for select clientele through our media services team.

Evidently their company had received a negative review on the Yelp website - and they were therefore seeking advice regarding how to respond. During our discussion I learned that their company did not have a clear strategy for social media engagement.

In recent months, I am finding more and more leaders of businesses and organizations who find themselves in similar circumstances.

The "Rest" of the Story...

Tue, 2016-04-19 18:49 -- tomjonez


As the summer approaches for our Northern Hemisphere readers, now is a good time to consider, plan, and schedule a break from the day-to-day grind of continuous activity.

Although entrepreneurs and strong, capable leaders can find it difficult to “pull the plug” of continuous activity, it is a proven fact that taking time away from leadership responsibilities to rest, relax and get refreshed will actually lead to improved performance after the rest period.

Humility and Leadership

Tue, 2016-03-01 21:12 -- tomjonez

"It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

    - Yogi Berra (pictured above)

As I observe the character and practice of the leaders I admire, an attribute that consistently stands out to me is their humility.  This characteristic is expressed in a number of ways that are worth pondering:

A Few Minutes on Minutes

Tue, 2016-02-23 20:50 -- tomjonez


As a consultant to both for-profit and non-profit organizations, I am frequently asked about Board Meetings and, specifically, how to take minutes at these meetings for inclusion in the corporation’s records.

In order to provide a solid foundation for an answer to this question, please consider the following:

"Where Do You Want to Go?" was his response...

Wed, 2016-02-10 10:47 -- tomjonez


Sometimes “children’s stories” carry a salient message (or two) that we initially miss when reading the story to our children.

Even so, once these stories are embedded into our life-culture, reflecting on them when we are older can remind us of some very basic and yet critically important leadership principles.

There is a crucial lesson that I often revisit in this email/blog that is highlighted in the famous story of “Alice in Wonderland” penned by Lewis Carrol.  The dialogue between Alice and the infamous Cheshire cat follows, on point:

Leadership and Political Correctness – 5 Questions

Wed, 2016-01-27 10:08 -- tomjonez


Leaders today face a gauntlet of social issues – and it would be difficult (at best) to address each of them objectively.  Yet one of the issues that is affecting decision-making for those who lead is political correctness.

Rather than trying to sort it out in the context of this email blog, I will simply point out that there are (at least) five questions that surface when I consider the implications that evolve from the current climate of “political correctness:”


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