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If you are like most business leaders around the world, you probably want to improve your employee engagement — for good reason.  The Gallup organization estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year.  It’s clear employee engagement should be a priority for you, but in addition to asking how to engage […]

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Giving a presentation is a fantastic opportunity!  Whether you’re a paid professional speaker, an executive addressing your colleagues, or simply someone whose been asked to make some remarks to group, getting to share your ideas/thoughts/message with others is a great opportunity to positively influence others.  It’s a privilege to have people actually listen to what […]

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Today I break with my usual Brand Book Bites format of author interview and book overview to share about the book Shoe Dog:  A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.  This wonderful book combines corporate memoir (Knight recounts some of the most significant moments in the early years of Nike’s founding) with personal […]

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Every January, over 150,000 people make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to attend International CES (previously known as the Consumer Electronics Show.)  Far from being an expo of electronic gadgets, it’s an exciting, inspiring, and (over)stimulating way to experience all things tech.  There is so much to see (new products on the show floor like […]

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The recent news that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is handing over the reins of the company gives me pause.  This the second time Schultz has left the brand’s top post.  The last time was back in 2000 and the brand suffered so much in his absence, he ended up having to return in a dramatic […]

Brands To Watch in 2017

It seems like it was just yesterday when I published my last list of Brands To Watch, but alas 2017 is fast approaching, so I’ll continue the format I introduced in last year’s post and provide a list of Brands To Watch in 2017, one for each letter of the alphabet.  Consider the following an […]