Breaking Through Your 5-Year Ceiling: Simplify

As you navigate the ups and downs of owning and running your business, you’ll find that though almost nothing is certain, many things do emerge as patterns we can recognize and improve upon. One of those things is the 5-year ceiling: it’s this idea that after 5 years, an obstacle emerges that challenges your ability to grow as a company. Trust me: growth is never a straight upward curve, and

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How to Communicate With Millennials

If you want to start a business today (and be successful at it), you better learn how to communicate with millennials. Whether you think you like them or not, you’re going to have to work with them, and great work is borne out of mutual respect and understanding. In my years at the helm of a social media and content marketing firm, I’ve learned a thing or two about working

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Learning from Millennials

Originally posted in October 2015 by Social Media Contractors Recently I was asked to give a talk at Creighton University about business to business content marketing.  Before the lecture, I was talking with a professor and we were comparing notes about teaching and working with millennials.  We agreed that we “old guys” have a huge opportunity to learn from this generation. In my previous blog series, “Four Pillars of a Great Life,”

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part V, Pillar IV: Passion

Originally posted in September 2015 by Social Media Contractors I am going to embarrass myself a bit here. As I said earlier on, I recently had some major surgery that required me to remain inactive and because of this I consumed much more than my fill of bad TV. At the same time I am pondering the idea of this piece, “Four Pillars of a Great Life”. Through my channel surfing I

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part IV: Financial Security

Originally posted in August 2015 by Social Media Contractors Just two generations ago, the populations of the western world knew and directly experienced famine, disease epidemics, genocide, and massive loss of life in wars. Today’s millennial generation’s only exposure to these realities is often only in school, movies, and online. My parents were children of the depression, WWII, and polio, so I can remember the stories of parents and grandparents, but those

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Four Pillars of a Great Life: a Secure Relationship

Originally posted in August 2015 by Social Media Contractors Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, or yin and yang. However you look at it, finding a complimentary companion is the beginning of a secure relationship. In some cases, two loving companions may enjoy spending all their free time together, doing everything together. In other cases, you may have an ideal partner who lives in another state and who you only see

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part III: Health

Originally posted in August 2015 by Social Media Contractors Thanks for tuning in to my ongoing blog series on what makes a great life! It is now time to talk about each of the individual pillars of a well-balanced life: Personal Health A Secure Relationship Financial and Physical Security Passion For What You Do The question comes to mind, what is personal health? What does success look like for your own, individual

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part II: Accountability

Originally posted in July 2015 by Social Media Contractors It is great if you’re buying into the idea that a well-balanced life consists of a balance of these four pillars:       Personal Health       A Secure Relationship       Financial and Physical Security       Passion For What You Do But let’s be real, there are a ton of emotions associated with even starting to think this way. Examples being: lost.What does this really mean? Overwhelmed. OK,

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Four Pillars of a Great Life

Originally posted in July 2015 by Social Media Contractors As the Founder of SMC, I consider SMC to be strategy and execution firm. At the spry age of 48, I recently had my hip replaced. Having spent quite a few afternoons to myself in recovery mode, I started working on personal goals. As any good strategist would, I started from scratch with the basic question, “what does success look like for

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5 Questions About Social Media You Didn’t Know but Were too Afraid to Ask

Originally posted in November 2014 by Social Media Contractors A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to get the opportunity to present a webinar about social media to a group of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global members. As a fellow EO Nebraska member, I felt privileged when asked to help. Titled How to Effectively Use Social Media for Recruiting, Brand Awareness and Lead Generation, the webinar was an opportunity for some of EO Global’s members to

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