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Changing Habits – The Way To Succeed at Anything

changing habits Oct 20, 2019

Whatever endeavour you’re hoping to succeed in, the way to go is to identify the habits you need to change. Then once you’ve decided what new habits will get you to your destination, create space in your life for them and stick to doing them long term and consistently, day by day, week by week, year by year, and you will see a shift in your fortunes.

Change rarely happens overnight. Provided the new habits are appropriate to reach the end goal you have in mind, you will undoubtedly achieve results.  It may happen slowly, but it’s essential that it happens one decision at a time, which is what this blog post is all about.

Let me give you an example of what that looks like when you’re trying to do something like give up smoking.

 

Stopping Smoking

Anyone who has been addicted to smoking will understand how tough it can be to stop. I used to be a heavy smoker and desperately wanted to give up smoking.  I knew smoking wasn’t doing my health...

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Brand Strategy – Why Every Business Needs One

brand strategy Oct 13, 2019

Brand is the most misunderstood word.  It’s among the words such as intellectual property, trade mark, business design and branding which impact important business issues that I deal with. Yet because the terminology is confused and confusing it’s difficult to communicate clear messages.

 Perhaps the huge failure rate of businesses has something to do with the fact that these words and their importance to business success are obscured by so much misinformation and so many myths.

These words carry connotations for people, that are often quite wrong. Therefore, their use has the potential to alter one’s message.

It’s bad enough that the word ‘branding’ for many people signifies logos and visual designs, but the fact that brand strategy also gets confused with visual identity and designs means that the whole discussion around brand and intangibles gets obscured.

 

Avoiding Use Of Certain Words

I’m thinking I’ll have to...

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Why Is A Good Name Important to a Company?

names Oct 06, 2019
 

Names are one of the most important assets of a business because they are a container of its value as it grows – its brand equity.

Take the time to learn more about what’s involved when you’re creating an identity for your business because names play a central role to your business protection too. 

The first element of your brand identity to focus on is the name. While a logo is also an important component of your brand identity, you should separate the two steps. That’s because the help you need when you’re picking a name is quite different to the help you need when you’re having a logo designed for your business. For example, checking that you may lay claim to a name is something a trade mark lawyer who ‘gets’ branding is most suited to helping with.

Then once you have a good name and have worked out what you’re aiming to achieve with your business, you’ll be ready to get a designer to help you to create a fantastic...

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Do Unlimited Holiday Policies Really Work?

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2019

When Richard Branson first started talking about giving his employees at Virgin unlimited vacation days this caused a ripple of uncertainty across the businesses that were striving to provide the best employee benefits package in their respective industries.

HR directors who had previously been attracting the top talent by offering flexi days and generous holiday entitlement to employees wondered what this would lead to. Previously satisfied employees who heard about the benefits at Virgin suddenly found themselves in envy.

Branson wasn’t the first company to introduce unlimited holidays but his reputation drew attention to the fact that companies were offering these kinds of perks. However, as more companies have explored the idea of providing unlimited vacation policies, it has become apparent that it doesn’t work for every company.

 

The problems encountered by introducing unlimited holidays

Netflix and Virgin continue to provide these policies to help attract...

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How To Succeed in Business

Uncategorized Sep 22, 2019

How you design your business is key to your success or failure so be sure to pay attention to what matters.

Believe it or not, intellectual property has to be your first consideration when you’re creating your business and brand. Why? Because IP is the key to creating a unique identity for yourself and for your products and services. That then enables you to stand out.

If you don’t have a legally protectable identity for your brand or key offerings you will struggle to get lift off in your business.

 

What Happens When IP Is Ignored?

When IP is ignored or left till later there is either an immediate dramatic consequences such as receiving a cease and desist letter to stop using your name, or more likely in practice, an IP issue will lurk in the background like a silent killer waiting to explode possibly years later when you’ve become reliant on the income from your business.  

Most commonly ignoring IP holds a business back without any dramatic...

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Brand Identity

brand Sep 15, 2019

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Possibly one of the most enjoyable aspects of branding is to have your brand identity designed for you. It’s the activity people associate with branding rather than all the introspection involved in working out your brand strategy, values, mission, purpose and so on.

Once you begin to see a visual manifestation of the designer’s interpretation of your brand it’s pure joy.

However, it’s really important not to jump in too quickly to having designs produced for your brand. Certainly, I’ve made that mistake when I was a start up back in the mid-2000s of spending a large sum of money on what was effectively just pretty designs.  Little did I know it, but I was not yet ready to undergo a brand identity exercise. Consequently, for years my business had a visual identity that wasn’t quite right.  This was evident from the fact that I...

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Business Failure – How Not To Get Blindsided

business Sep 08, 2019

If you prefer to listen/watch a video instead of reading then click here to go to my Youtube channel.

Asking ourselves the question ‘what business am I really in’ is not just something that’s nice to do in order to identify business development opportunities. It’s actually critical to avoiding business failure.

Take Kodak as an example.

 

Kodak

Kodak is a cautionary tale that illustrates why it’s imperative to stay relevant to customers. Had that company asked itself this question it might have discovered that it was not just in the film business but in the memory preservation business too. 

By defining themselves and their role in this wider way they would undoubtedly have reacted more appropriately to the changing technological landscape that digital cameras presented.  

Kodak did not fail because it missed the digital age. It actually invented the first digital camera in 1975. However, instead of marketing the new technology,...

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Small Service Based Businesses Lack Brand Management

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2019

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The business owner might try to take care of everything themselves and co-ordinate the various suppliers. More likely, they tend to rely on one or two suppliers, such as an agency helping them with their branding, to fulfil all the functions that impact branding – namely, intellectual property and other laws, digital marketing, social media, IT, PR and communications and so on.

In my experience, business owners often lack clarity on what “branding” really means. Many assume that the supplier helping them with a new logo or name will take care of far more than falls within the remit of a design or marketing agency.

The business owner is effectively the brand manager by default, but due to their lack of skills and specialist insights into brands, they reduce the effectiveness of the brand and its efforts to achieve increased sales.

Business owners that lack...

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Branding Strategy

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2019

I discussed What is a Brand in an earlier post.

If you prefer to listen/watch a video instead of reading then click here to go to my Youtube channel.

To better understand how to think about your branding, start by considering the associations you have when you come across successful household name brands such as Disney, Ikea or Apple.

Notice how these names are known for delivering what is often an unspoken promise.

In Ikea’s case, we expect to find affordable self-assembly furniture in its stores.

When we buy Apple products, we expect to get something well designed, intuitive and easy to use.

 

Buying From A Known Brand

Every brand has its own distinct ‘identity’ and ‘promise’. It’s due to this promise that we know to expect something completely different if we buy a Rolex watch rather than a Swatch.

Buying a product or service from a business whose brand is not yet known is risky because it represents something untried...

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Taking Action

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2019

The fact is that no amount of new knowledge and learning on its own is going to make any of us wealthy if we don’t APPLY what we learn and take action.

Knowledge combined with action on what you learn is the only way to achieve higher earnings from your increased knowledge. This may be why so many people use coaches nowadays – in order to have some external force to keep them accountable, help them prioritise, stay focused, and do what they say they will do. I’ve known of countless people who swear by coaching.

 

Self-driven

Personally, I’ve always been very self-driven and like to do things independently.  If there were someone really special and knowledgeable perhaps I would achieve more in life by getting coaching from them, but as it is I’ve done everything I’ve achieved on my own, using courses to boost my knowledge and motivation.

People have been known to say to me that they never would have expected to see me achieve xyz after...

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