Strategic Market Leadership
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Mastering the Art of Career Transitions – Part I

Wed, 2011-10-26 09:18 -- tomjonez

In the current economic climate there are many people who are experiencing career transitions.  Some of these transitions are voluntary – people are seeking a new career opportunity or alternate career path.  Other transitions are involuntary and even can come as a surprise in the midst of an otherwise stable career.

There are also transitions in volunteer positions.  Some are cyclical (new board member every two years, etc.) and others are the result of personal interest and a desire to get involved in volunteer opportunities.

Command-and-Control Leadership – Does it Work?

Wed, 2011-10-12 10:30 -- tomjonez

There are a variety of styles that people use to accomplish objectives when leading teams of people – whether the teams are large or small.

Two styles, in particular, are worth a brief review.  These are essentially opposite styles, each with corresponding outcomes.  Due to space limitations, this week we will examine one of them: the “control” style of leadership.

Write On !

Wed, 2011-10-05 07:53 -- tomjonez

My friend Dennis Trittin, who is the author of the popular new book, “What I Wish I Knew at 18,” has provided great insight into a simple and practical leadership skill that we were granted permission to share with you: the importance of written goals

The Key to Market Leadership

Wed, 2011-09-21 12:40 -- tomjonez

Market Leadership =

Strong Relationships

Far too often when it comes to providing a product or service we place our primary focus on the product or service.

In reality, people buy products from people and receive service from people.

Even if it is a quick or simple interaction, they way that we are treated when we are a customer often makes or breaks the decision regarding whether we will ever return for more (products or services).

The same is true when we provide products or service to others. 

What is Leadership?

Wed, 2011-09-14 07:39 -- tomjonez

Leadership is not about the position we hold, the title we have, or our place in the line-up.

Leadership is more about our influence, our effectiveness, our sway.

We are all influencing - leading - others.

By our action, by our inaction.

By our words.  By our silence.

The real question is not, "Am I a leader?"  The real question is, "What is the quality of my leadership, my influence, on others?"

We are all leaders in one capacity or other.

We are all influencers.

Either for good.

Or not.

Never, Never, Never Give Up!

Wed, 2011-08-31 11:07 -- tomjonez

3 Questions to Ask Myself

For the past two weeks we have been looking at three questions which can serve as a good framework for self-assessment when it comes to our motivation on the job and/or with a given task or assignment.  The questions are:

  • What is my sense of Urgency regarding what I am doing?
  • What is my level of Persistence in sticking to the pursuit of my goal(s)?
  • What is the level of my Passion?

This week we take a brief look at Persistence.

3 Questions to Ask Myself

Tue, 2011-08-23 18:21 -- tomjonez

From time to time it can be helpful to do a self-check... just a simple "executive physical" regarding my personal motivation and satisfaction.

These three questions are not a thorough review but can serve as a good initial "gut-check."  The questions are:

What is my sense of Urgency regarding what I am doing?

What is my level of Persistence in sticking to the pursuit of my goal(s)?

What is the level of my Passion?

The Power of Plumbline Alignment - The 5 M's of Effective Marketing

Wed, 2011-07-27 12:05 -- tomjonez

When the Company Mission is clear, the message is consistent, the method is appropriate, the messengers (staff) are aligned and can communicate the message, THEN the customers will begin to join with your team and become missionaries for you product or service.

That is why alignment is crucial and why everything must be plumb (in line).


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