Connect Social was born at a meeting of like-minded entrepreneurs in a coffee shop in the spring of 2019. Tired of the ever-growing dominance of Amazon in the retail sector and seeking to find a way to better utilize social media for enterprise purposes, the idea behind Connect was formed. A revolutionary new, free of charge, social network ecosystem where users would be paid for their data. Merchants would, in turn, have Connect Social consumers shopping with them, and be provided with a low cost trackable and result-driven advertising method, with which they could market directly to the exact consumer they want. Consumers and merchants will transact in a brand new, never been done before, a centralized economy driven by a freely distributed and exchanged currency (a loyalty token) – truly revolutionary! So, in the fall of 2019 Connect Social started testing in a single city with merchants and consumers, offering…
Posted On Thursday, 09 March 2023 02:16 Written by
Once upon a time, there once was a beautiful little girl. She was happy, and she was not aware of anything about herself that wasn’t, well, perfect. Then one day, someone told her she wasn’t beautiful, and she certainly was not perfect. She was shattered by this revelation,  and that made her start thinking….maybe I am just not good enough.  Ever heard that story?   Who was that imperfect person who told you that you didn’t measure up, or you weren’t like the other kids who were better, brighter, taller, smarter, or prettier?  And did you ever wonder, who made them so perfect themselves to point out your imperfections?  Let’s step back.  Here’s the truth. There was this situation where you had an experience, or you surmised through a contrast of some type, or some also imperfect person made a comment about you.  You may have only been a kid at…
Posted On Thursday, 09 March 2023 00:00 Written by
Great ideas do not always come from the top down. As a matter of fact, some of the most transformative ideas that have gone on to change the world have been from a lower- to mid-level employee. From the iPod at Apple to the Happy Meal at McDonald’s—both digital and physical innovations in all industries have often stemmed from collaborative creativity at all levels. As a low- to mid-level employee, your ideas are likely important to you, but will they be perceived as great ideas to the CEO, CFO, board of directors, or other integral decision makers at your organization? Most likely, at first the answer will be no, but you can change that! By mastering the concept of selling up your ideas, your intrapreneurial spirit will shine brightly, giving you the chance to take the organization you work for to stratospheric levels. And as a C-suite executive or a…
Posted On Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00 Written by
Welcome to the final part of this series, “The Mentoring Mindset”, today I want to conclude with what I consider to be the most often overlooked part of the business, and that is keeping connected to those we have served. We go through all the trouble of and closing the opportunities we have generated, then many do a terrible job of staying connected to those we had a great experience with. The numbers really do bear it out. While most of the people who said they had a great experience or would recommend someone shortly after closing, can’t even remember the name of the person they worked with less than two years later! How can they refer you or even use you again if they can’t remember your name? Staying connected to those important people only requires a simple plan. It’s not really all that complicated, it just requires a…
Posted On Monday, 06 March 2023 00:00
You know what I hear from everyone I coach?  Yup…you got it (and I bet you say it, too)!  This same script is in almost every session:  • I want more time• I want to get more organized• I can’t get caught up• My to-do list keeps growing and I am overwhelmed Sometimes the overwhelm can be real; holidays, family events, a new influx of business – like Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say: “It’s always somethin’!” 
You can just about guarantee that some random last-minute hiccup will sabotage your perfect plan! I should know; with a name like “Murphy” it can happen a lot… and trust me, Murphy’s Law is always there if you allow it! So, here’s the scoop:  You will never control time, events, happenings, last minute interruptions, catastrophes, blessings, etc. - You can however, control how you respond to them! I can almost see you…
Posted On Thursday, 02 March 2023 00:00 Written by
In a recent blog I wrote from my Opportunity Hour interview with Brad Peterson, CTO/CIO of NASDAQ, we spent time diagnosing what exponential growth means for businesses and organizations. Not only that, but we also discussed the many ways to unlock exponential growth, or the nonlinear process it takes to obtain that level of accelerated advancement in your industry. It is safe to assume that most business leaders and C-suite executives want to be positive in their outlook on exponential growth and how to attain it. They look at the opportunities in front of them as always being possible, especially if they are Anticipatory Leaders at Anticipatory Organizations. They assess Hard Trend future certainties providing them a roadmap to those opportunities and an ability to see potential issues. However, what is more infrequently explored is the reality of the obstacles and constraints that leaders face when reaching for the world of exponential growth. On paper,…
Posted On Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00 Written by
The Mentoring Mindset requires the commitment of providing and exceptional experience to those you serve. All of us know what a perfect transaction looks like, at least we should, but can and do we deliver this experience time after time? Consistency is challenging, but it is the foundation of your process to be seen as the exceptional provider in your market. In order to be that exceptional provider, you must be committed to that process. Once we have our own exceptional experience defined and delivered, you need to share the message that it is your commitment to deliver that exceptional experience and that falling short of such, will be deemed a failure! Your clients and referral partners need to be aware of that commitment! You have to explain it, and expect if anyone feels you are falling short, they need to contact you immediately and share with you what needs…
Posted On Monday, 27 February 2023 00:00 Written by
Judy LaDeur, President of Judy LaDeur International, specializes in helping Brokers, agents and team leaders build strong profitable businesses. As a highly successful coach, business-owner and entrepreneur for over 30 years, Judy knows what it takes to be successful. As Rookie of the year, number one salesperson, and a top earner, Judy learned early on the value of setting herself apart from other agents and how to knock out her competition. When Judy was asked to join the leadership team of her organization, she quickly learned that Brokers needed to set themselves apart as well. Her personalized approach shows agents, brokers and recruiters how they can rise above the competition and become the obvious choice in their market. Her unique ability to see value, opportunity and to bring out the best in others is what sets her apart. Top performers have coaches because they perform better and earn more money with…
Posted On Thursday, 23 February 2023 00:00 Written by
The future is uncertain and no one is able to predict it . . . right?  Then how do some businesses find significance in their industries, succeed, and adapt to a changing and disruptive world? Moreover, why do some others fall completely flat in this task and nearly lose everything? How do you as a business leader ensure that your company is one that prospers and grows? Over the decades that I have researched industry and worldwide disruptions caused by digital technology and other transformations, I have found something notable. There are key principles that those aforementioned successful and significant businesses employ to ensure they are charging ahead of their competition in the ever-changing landscape in front of them.
These principles can be applied to every industry and every business model as a way to transform an organization and chart its path to future significance. Today, I want to explore some…
Posted On Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00 Written by
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