Whose Line Is It Anyways? Is Content Dead?

Once in awhile I’ll see that someone I don’t follow has shared a really cool image, or gif or infographic or something similar. So occasionally, I’ll use the native Twitter app (because I’m cool like that) and check out the media tab, to see what kind of content that they’re sharing. I’ll often do the same for someone that I follow. And I’ve noticed something; nobody is making their own stuff anymore.

Now there are a few exceptions to this rule. There are a couple of great companies that create their own graphics and a few people that post a very specific category of images. But in general, no one is sharing their own stuff. It would seem to me, that in many ways, we’ve moved PAST our own content. What does that even mean, and why does it matter?


How To Lead

A lot of people think that coaching and leading is all about doing. It’ about giving a great speech or a well-deserved pat on the back. Coaching is all about telling people what to do and leading is all about showing people what to do, right? I don’t think so. I used to think so. I used to think that great coaches were those that gave those incredible speeches that got us all fired up. Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday was a GREAT coach. Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks in Miracle was a great coach. They were incredible leaders. And I still think that those individuals were great coaches and great leaders but it doesn’t really have much to do with those speeches. Those speeches were the lighting of the match. But you have to have fuel. Where do you get the fuel?


Points on Price Points

How much should things cost? In most areas of business, it’s a pretty easy to work out. You can compare prices with competitors’ products. If you want to sell shoes, you can look at what other people charge for shoes, you can look at how much it costs you to make a shoe and then you can put a price tag on your shoes. But I don’t sell shoes. I sell websites. I sell words. I sell support. How in the hell do you figure out how much that’s worth? And is it always worth what it’s worth?



The Myth of the Ideal Client

Have you ever been to a networking group? I love networking groups. Mostly because they’re always at breakfast time and I love breakfast. In particular, I love Smitty’s breakfasts because Smitty’s has a skillet made almost entirely of meat and THEN you can get a side of sausage. I am part time vegan but when I’m not vegan, I’m REALLY not vegan. There are lots of other things I love about networking groups. It’s very interesting to meet people from a variety of fields and to hear about their wins and losses, pleasures and pains. It is a great lesson in human behavior and if you listen carefully, you’ll learn a LOT. But there is one question that is asked at networking group after networking group that drives me bonkers.

“Who Is Your Ideal Client?”


Sorry, Not Sorry: The Matt Whitman Story

Let’s talk politics.

Over the last few days, there has been a story circulating in Halifax about a certain politician and his social media habits. Here’s the basic story.

An RCMP officer ticketed a citizen for using their ATV to plow a driveway. Their ATV was, at some point, in the road and they were ticketed $406 for this violation of the motor vehicle act. The city councilor who represents that citizen (and in fact also represents the RCMP officer) took to social media to express his displeasure with this ticket and used some choice hashtags, including #GetaLife and #PowerTrip to describe his opinion of the officer’s actions.

I’m not going to get into who was right or who was wrong. I’ve established my opinion pretty clearly on social media. Instead, I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss Matt Whitman’s actions purely from a business perspective because when it comes down to it, that’s what being a politician is. It’s a job. You might do it for the right reasons or you might do it for the wrong reasons but you have duties and someone pays you. That is a job.