Grab a pen and paper and go to work

Sometimes you just have to grab a pen and paper and go to work. I think we’ve become so accustomed to using tools that we have forgotten the value and efficiency of a simple pen and paper.

Simple is always better – that’s a fact.

The best approach to building an idea starts with sitting down with a trusty pen and paper or at a Think Table (Like that plug didn’t ya) and sketching out your thoughts and ideas.

A blank canvas or lots of white space provides this place to think different and generate lots of ideas quickly without any restraints. You can also explore other options and variations without any real risks – you can just throw it all out their and start to visualize something amazing.

While complex technology programs are great for putting the finishing touches on something, they’re not the quickest way to start the ideation process.

Here’s the question: Are you making things to difficult by pulling up another program when you could just be sitting down and starting to explore?

There is a simpler way. Try it. Use it. Go.

 

SOCIAL BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

Are you transforming your business into a social business? It starts from the inside out. You have to take a look at everything from leadership, operations, communications, collaboration, culture, training, etc. It’s not an easy task, it takes on widespread change to evolve into a social business.

Old mindsets and methods are gone – they are out of date and it’s time to take on a full culture shift. The question: are you ready?

If you are, here are a few ways to get started: 

1. Mobilize: Mobilize an experienced team (Awesome if it is diverse) that can research, design, implement, and manage a social media plan that has vision.

2. Understand: Research and analyze all the elements needed for the effort to work.

3. Design: Generate and test viable social business options and select best option as a team. Remember, you have to get the vision right and be relevant to your audience and their emotional needs.

4. Implement: After you’ve mobilized the team, understood the elements, and designed the model, go to town and implement that thing. Also, make sure that your colleagues are on board with your conquest or everything could fail.

5. Manage: Manage specific metrics that benefit the whole organization. Prove to everyone in the company that by being a social business everyone wins.

Now it’s up to you, you can decide to transform your organization or you can decide to be run over by the companies that do decide to transform.

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What’s it going to be?

 

CAN WEEKLY BLOGGING PLANS WORK?

This week, as I was traveling and running all over the country I thought, “What would it look like if I took time every week to take my random thoughts, ideas, notes, prayers, and everything else I write down in my journal every week, and build a weekly blogging plan?” Would this help put some structure and balance into my life? Would this help when I was struggling to come up with something to write about?

I was already filling my journal with stuff all week, why not put that stuff to good use? I didn’t want to lose the realness and get to agenda like. But, I did want to make sure all the stuff I was journaling was getting applied and used. A battle went on in my head. Should I build a plan? Should I not build a plan? It went on and on for hours. Then, I thought, “Lets let the journal decide”.

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VISIONS IN INK. PLANS IN PENCIL

When I was 15 I got the itch. The itch? Yeah, the entrepreneur itch. Some of you know what I’m talking about. First, it was a power washing company, then a detailing business, lawn mowing, roof shoveling, and…My parents thought I was nuts. What was this kid up too? Where was he going? I was just hungry. Hungry to start. Hungry to build. Then at the age of

Then at the age of 16, I started racing professional motorcycles. This went on until I was about 19 or 20. Then I hit a wall. Life happened. Reality hit. What was I going to do? It all seemed so much fun up to this point.

Growing up racing professional motorcycles and starting little things to make money – it all seemed to come pretty easy. It was all about me.

Then I woke up. It wasn’t about me, but about building something together. My vision moved from me to us. Instead of what can I build, it was what can we build?

It wasn’t about me. It was about us. It went much deeper. My vision moved from me to us. Instead of what can I build, it was what can we build?

I started to craft a vision and mission that went far beyond myself.

Then I really got started.

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