Category Archives: Input Please

Never let the facts get in the way of a good beat up.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good beat up.

I found myself on the front page of a daily newspaper this week – and the article was almost (apart from my photo) complete fiction. Even the spelling of RedBalloon’s name was incorrect. I thought to myself – ‘how can this happen?’ The reality is that if an editor gives the brief to a journalist, they have to find something to write. Last Friday I was on a flight from Australia to Vietnam – the journalist tried to contact me…

Happy Versus Grumpy Poll

Grumpy versus Happy take the poll

Where does happiness come from? Do you feel happier on a sunny day or a rainy day – or is there no difference? I’m running a poll to see how happy people say they are? I don’t want to predict the outcome of the poll – but you will see the results as soon as you vote. (I need 10,000 responses to get some good data on it.) There is much data about the economic notion of the ‘Happiness Index’…

CAN versus Breaking up…

Reading an ode to CAN peom by Toni Collette in the CBA TVC

I am continually fascinated by corporate marketing. In my day (oh I sound so old) communications strategy was all about ‘above the line’ and a bit of ‘below the line.’ You would tell the agency the problem then they would tell you what you should stand for and create a campaign around that. Given that I am no longer a corporate marketer – I remain fascinated by how it all comes together. So I felt excited to hear directly from…

I’m not one to give advice but……

Never to early to start good habits

I was at a resort last week; what a great place to people watch – to be an observer of all things human. I noted a couple coming to the breakfast restaurant with their two tiny tots on their respective backs – I observed silently ‘how cute’. The couple sat nearby with their 2 & 4 year olds. I was surprised to see the parents setting up two iPad’s for each of their little girls to watch (during breakfast)…. and…

Seen yet unknown

As I fast approach the release of my next little book – and as I am putting the finishing touches to the new website to support it – I came across this new ad from Coke. Now as a marketer I admire any business that is able to cut through the clutter of advertising messages. In some ways this is an acknowledgement of all the people that do good deeds that are unnoticed and unknown. Let’s sing their praises and…

Advice to Gerry – you can’t take it with you

Andrew Carnegie: ''The man who dies rich dies disgraced.''

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and we were talking about how to teach our children the value of money. I remembered a presentation I attended years ago when the woman likened money to water… it has a need to flow – there is clean money and dirty money, sometimes it get’s damned up – but spread freely and evenly allows the world to prosper. My friend said that he has set aside some money to support community programs…

Eight Ingredients at the Mentoring retreat

Eight Ingredients at the Mentoring retreat

I thought about it at great length – consulted extensively with my colleagues – then asked on this blog if there would be an interest for some of those who contact me regarding their business growth strategies – would it be a good idea to get some like minded people got together for a weekend of discussion and sharing? Now the entrepreneurs mentoring retreat is almost finalized and I’m getting very excited to have it all come together. The pre-reading…

Men are ‘assertive’ – Women are ‘bossy’

Men are ‘assertive’ – Women are ‘bossy’

I recently was forwarded an article called ‘The End of Men’ which originally appeared in July 2010 – and is clearly very well researched. It is long but interesting. (And no menfolk are still very much loved, adored and needed the dramatic title is clearly designed to get our attention). This US centric article focuses on the evolution of the role men and women are playing in industrialized societies. As I read the article I did feel uplifted – however…

Seven generational paradigms

What about a wall of Praise to support the generational paradigm shift at your work place?

I’m not a big fan of categorizing people by their age and putting a label on them. Years ago I wrote a blog about ‘Generation Why’ – claiming that I was very much a part of the “generation that questions everything.” I shared recently about my discovery of Pinterest – and how Facebook and Twitter have changed the interface to become more visual. ‘A picture saves a thousand words’… I begin to wonder what the children born this century will…

628th Blog Post….

Kim from Nest Interior Styling  - A big congratulations

I am often asked why I blog; Is it because I want to promote RedBalloon? Is it to increase search results? Is it to build my own brand? The reality is that none of the above reasons are in fact true for me. I write my blog because I continue to learn from; books, business leaders, attending conferences – and each of these lessons or insights I need to store somewhere so I don’t forget them. I use my blog…