Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Merry Christmas and Happy 2010!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Before Facebook, MySpace, Linked In and Twitter, there was and still is the Women Presidents' Organization and according to the article referenced below, there was also the Wednesday 10 (a group of men ... for a reason!) which mentions:
"In 1957, it didn't occur to us to include women," says Mr. Menschel. "If we formed it today, it wouldn't occur to us not to include women." When asked about the homogeneity, other members point to the many banquets that included wives and their invitations to Ms. Walters, Gloria Steinem and the late "Feminine Mystique" author Betty Friedan, each of whom addressed a Wednesday 10 meeting as a guest. Ms. Walters says she recalls nothing from the meeting she attended. Nor does Ms. Steinem. "It may not please them to know that I don't remember," she says. "But I would urge them to change the name to the Wednesday Men's 10."This article is priceless because, if you kick it up a notch, it reminds me so much of WPO and all our promising members who meet monthly to strategize about opportunities they face while growing their operations and to develop solutions to their most fundamental business challenges.
The article goes on to state:
To begin the meetings, each man gave an update on his life. Impending marriages and expected babies were nodded to, but the thrust of the discussion centered on career development. "It was a professional support system," says Mr. Meyer, 82. By the end of each meeting, he had a snapshot of what was going on in the realms of law, media, art, finance, real estate, public service and cancer research. "It was like reading a newspaper cover to cover," he says.Read the entire article here:
(The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2009)
What Facebook Can't Give You
Over 52 years, These Men Have Evolved Into Mover and Shakers -- Together
Another hat tip to Elisabeth Ritz, Ritz Communications, for the nudge to make sure we caught it. Many thanks.
Monday, December 07, 2009
The late Peter Drucker can help us address this question. As I was I straightening out my office this week, I stumbled upon a June 2004 edition of the Harvard Business Review and came across his classic article entitled, "What Makes An Effective Executive." I re-read it on the spot. It's a magnificent piece and one that is a must-read for anyone interested in becoming a more impactful leader, especially when we are readying up to face a brand new year.
The article begins like this:
And the eight simple practices are as follows:
1. They asked, "What needs to be done?"Drucker throws in a bonus practice at the end of the article: "Listen first, speak last."
2. They asked, "What is right for the enterprise?"
3. They developed action plans.
4. The took responsibility for decisions.
5. They took responsibility for communicating.
6. They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
7. They ran productive meetings.
8. They thought and said, "we" rather than "I."
You can order an e-copy here.
In preparation for 2010, think about these eight best practices and how you might apply them as you grow your business. It only requires a healthy dose of discipline.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Goldman Sachs recently announced that it would provide $500 million in support for 10,000 small businesses, particularly those located in urban neighborhoods. A Who's Who of business leaders including the billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter have signed on the help.Find out how the money will be spent by reading an interview conducted by Inc.com editor Mike Hofman with Dina Powell, the executive in charge of the program here.
But the person who will be responsible for running the initiative day-to-day is Dina Powell (pictured), a former State Department official in the Bush administration who worked with Karen Hughes on education and cultural issues. Powell joined Goldman Sachs in 2007, as the global head of corporate engagement. Her first task was to set up a program called 10,000 Women--an initiative to foster entrepreneurship among women around the world. The small business outreach effort will be modeled on that program.
Hint of how you get on the list:
Our criteria are that a business must have between $150,000 and $4 million in revenue, four or more full-time employees, and that it has been in operation for two years at a minimum.
Monday, November 23, 2009
U.S. businesses owned by women have an economic impact of $3 trillion annually. That translates into the creation or maintenance of 16% of all jobs in the country, according to the Center for Women's Business Research. If U.S.-based women-owned businesses were their own country, it would have the fifth-largest GDP in the world.A new study reveals the above and the economic impact of majority-women owned firms for the first time.
A hat tip to Elisabeth Ritz, Ritz Communications, for letting us know about the study.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Since we have so many WPO members in Chicago, we naturally assume you will be doing business with a few of them at some point or another. If you need specific introductions, drop me an email (refer to right sidebar of blog). Happy to oblige.
When you are ready to button down your schedule, explore Choose Chicago to make no small plans. We welcome your visit and look forward to connecting with you soon.
Pictured: Millennium Park sculpture.
Monday, November 09, 2009
You can decide here.
In the meantime, let us know how you measure success or what constitutes a win in your mind.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Twitter and other social media are quickly entering the mainstream, but it will be years before we see which innovations will endure.
Dozens of CEOs who find Twitter to be a personal and professional delight. Here's how they use the service, and who they like to follow.
To prevent information leaks and other liabilities, companies are drafting guidelines for social media interaction. A rule of thumb: Don't be stupid.
A few simple steps can keep employees involved in a company-sponsored social media platform long after the excitement of the initial launch.
Save your company's cash. Leveraging Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter is fast, easy, and free.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
While reviewing local entrepreneurship programs at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program, University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Loyola University Chicago, I stumbled upon this:
7 Universities and Websites Offering Free Business Entrepreneurship Courses Online
Sounds suspect to me but then I see that MIT - Sloan School of Management (mit.edu) is featured first with the following program modules:
- Global Entrepreneurship Lab
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager
- Developmental Entrepreneurship
- Introduction to Marketing
Next up is Carnegie Mellon (cmu.edu) and U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.org)
In this tough global economy, maybe online education -- especially when it's top quality and free -- is worth a serious consideration. It can't hurt to get a refresher course that might very well strengthen your competitive position in the business world.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
And we are even more thrilled that Deloitte sponsored our event. All three WPO Chicago chapter members had a chance to attend, network, learn and grow their business.
It is with these kinds of programs and companies, such as Deloitte and The Pampered Chef (along with our other chapter hosts and sponsors), that not only support us but make WPO even more special and a remarkable value for women business owners worldwide.
Aren't a member yet? You should be. Contact us when you are ready (check the right sidebar for email and telephone information). We just might have room for you in Chicago!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Two WPO Chicago members attended the program: Kate Koziol, President of K Squared Marketing & Public Relations and Karen Barnett, President and CEO of Valley Screen Process (and the new BigShots!), served on the panel. Karen did a great job discussing creative ways in which she has kept her company growing despite tough economic times.
Learn more about the program here. And watch for more highlights about it soon here on this blog.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
According to authors Vijay Govindarajan (blog) and Chris Trimble, there is an overlap between reverse innovation and disruptive innovation but not a one-to-one relationship.
They go on to say:
We see three primary situations that create the possibility of reverse innovation. Only the first is also an illustration of disruptive innovation.Find out about the three situations here and think about how you might execute on one or all three within your organization.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
How are women uniquely qualified to fix the current economic challenges? Was it a scarcity of women in board rooms and executives suites that led to flawed decision making? What does this mean for women personally and professionally? Learn about the choices women can make that will lead to their success in the New Economy.The Women Presidents' Organization Chicago is a proud partner of this empowering high-level women's program (look for our tabletop with brochures).
Registration is 7:00 a.m. Seated Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Panel Discussion, 8:00 a.m.
Chief Economist & Senior Managing Director
Dr. Sylvia Beyer
Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Vice President, Procurement
Katherine K. Scott
Managing Director and Executive Vice President
U.S. Equities Realty
For more information and to register, visit here.
I hope to see you there! Feel free to contact me to pre-arrange a meeting (ldelaney(at)globetrade.com)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Snippet of one action:
Hold on to your hats — I mean customers! If you can’t do that, you are in denial! “One of the easiest ways to improve growth is to slow the loss of your existing customers,” says Treacy. Losing customers left and right? Then figure out why and change course.Read the entire article here.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Other Key Findings:
Relative to 2008, regarding financial performance in 2009
• 31% of companies have grown
• 21% are stable and have neutral performance
Optimism for 2010
• 82% are optimistic about business performance in 2010
• 54% have made their business environmentally friendly
• 35% are interested in making their business environmentally friendly
Greatest threat to the bottom line and factors affecting business
• Economic Conditions
• Customer retention
• Human Resources
• 55% plan to increase number of employees or keep the same amount
• 53% have kept employee salaries the same; 15% have increased employee salaries
• 44% will continue full-time management
• 20% plan hands-off oversight, with presence in the office 1-3 days per week
• 61% Believe their business has grown since joining
• 65% Believe the WPO has contributed to economic success
• 81% Believe the WPO helps manage business concerns in the current economic climate
“These statistics are evidence of the versatility and strength of companies owned by women entrepreneurs in the face of adversity,” said Marsha Firestone Ph.D. president and founder of the WPO. “Our survey indicates that WPO members have found ways to adapt to the changing economic climate. To succeed as a small business is tougher than ever, yet 56% have indicated that their businesses are growing or stable in 2009. I sincerely believe that the members of the WPO are models of perseverance of small businesses globally.”Additional references:
Woman-Owned Businesses Retaining Their Employees in Tough Economy, The Institute for Economic Empowerment for Women
Women-Owned Businesses Retain Employees in Tough Economy | EHS Today
Women-Owned Businesses Retaining Their Employees in Tough Economy | Forbes
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Several WPO Chicago members plan to attend to network, learn and share best practices on how to continue down the path of double-digit business growth.
We are also fortunate to have Susan Diamond, Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of Facilitation from our New York headquarter office attending -- so be sure to stop by our Booth No. 616 to say "hello" and to learn more about our organization.
Look forward to seeing you!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Here's how it works.
We'll be giving this a try soon. The challenge is to say everything you want to say in less than 140 characters!
How can you use it to grow your business? Easy. Have a chat to get ideas about the look and feel of a new product idea, whether you should expand into a new market or change the color of your logo to update it. Online conversations with your key influencers matter.
TweetChats -- The Cool New Way to Network and Learn on Twitter
Internet Business 101: What are tweetchats?
What's a TweetChat?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. Jump right to our visualizations now, take a tour, or read on for a leisurely explanation of the project.Sample its concept here: Unemployment by State, May, 2009, World Language Speakers by Family (pictured) and Obama Speech in Cairos - Focus on "WE."
All of us in CUE's Visual Communication Lab are passionate about the potential of data visualization to spark insight. It is that magical moment we live for: an unwieldy, unyielding data set is transformed into an image on the screen, and suddenly the user can perceive an unexpected pattern. As visualization designers we have witnessed and experienced many of those wondrous sparks. But in recent years, we have become acutely aware that the visualizations and the sparks they generate, take on new value in a social setting.
Visualization is a catalyst for discussion and collective insight about data.
Learn more here.
Think about how you might use this tool to unearth new insights and grow your business. Create your own visualization here.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
In the morning segment, Supplier Diversity Professionals (SDPs) and WPO Chicago members discussed how to work more efficiently together during tough economic times. We will continue to nurture this vibrant conversation over the coming months.
First up in the afternoon, Emilia DiMenco, Executive V.P., Harris, presented, “Retrench, Renew, and Reset: Navigating the current environment and positioning your business for success," which helped WPO Chicago members re-evaluate their business objectives and financial well-being in light of the current economy and economic forecast. She instilled in us that it is not too late to get your business in financial order. She was accompanied by Janice Zimmerman, Sr. Commercial Relationship Manager, Harris, who fielded questions that arose by members.
Rick Murray, President, Edelman Worldwide Digital, followed with a presentation, “The Engagement Imperative: Communications Strategies for a Connected World,” that painted the big picture on social media and word-of-mouth marketing. And we were delighted to hear insights from Janet Cabot, President, Central Region, Edelman as well (shhhhh ... we are wooing Janet into becoming a WPO Chicago member -- will keep you posted).
The highlight of our event was at the end of our program when we had a special guest visit by our very own WPO Chair, International Board of Directors, Margery Kraus (pictured center in red; she is also president and chief executive officer of APCO Worldwide), who gave a wonderful "impromptu" talk about how she started and grew her business into a major global player.
Here's what people said about our Summit:
I just wanted to say that last week was very beneficial to me. I am glad that I took the time out of my day to listen to the speakers and presentations. I also was able to meet and connect with other members that are in the other chapters. I am really going to start going forward with Social Media with our company since that pep talk was a real eye opener. I am so glad that I joined this group and would have never been exposed to the different topics if I had not joined. -- WPO Chicago member (downtown III)Special thanks to Harris N.A. and IBM for making this year's Summit more relevant than ever. Thanks to our national sponsors who help make the WPO program possible.
Thank you again for allowing us to host this year’s Summit meeting. I enjoyed the social media presentation and discussion and continue to be awed and impressed by the dynamic, high energy business owners that are involved in the WPO. -- Summit Sponsor
The summit energized and refocused me. -- WPO Chicago member (downtown II)
Thank you for inviting me and for continuing to try and address the gaps between WBEs and supplier diversity representatives. -- Supplier Diversity Professional
It was excellent. I am amazed at how much I get from the Summit. It's like you have to take a step back and then rethink all of the fabulous information you were given in a period of a few hours. Then sort and take away what is relevant to your business needs. -- WPO Chicago member (downtown I)
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you so much for inviting me to the Summit today. I was very interested in the topic this morning and very impressed with the membership as a whole. It's always nice to see first hand that an organization that my firm sponsors is really doing wonderful and valuable things. -- WPO National Sponsor
We are already preparing for next year's Summit. Mark your calendars now: August 12, 2010. Send your ideas my way at ldelaney(at)globetrade.com.
Photo credit: Laurel Delaney, Women Presidents' Organization Chicago
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Our 6th Annual WPO Chicago Summit was a huge success. We had a fabulous turnout and the discussions were both useful and empowering for driving results for our businesses. We will report on it shortly -- be on the lookout.
In the meantime and since it's related to our Summit theme, take a look at Fast Company's, "Best Promotion of Social Media Efforts by a Big Brand: And the Winner Is ..." for ideas on how to promote your social media efforts on your own Web site.
Shhhhhh ... one of the winners is NikeWomen!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Let's face it. We are all searching for solutions to challenges we face each and every day while growing a business. And with this awful economy, its hard to stay focused, remain enthusiastic and lead in a way that people respect and admire. So where do you turn to get inspiration when the going gets tough?
Not sure? We can help. If you are a woman and run a million-dollar plus business, see us! You definitely need to consider WPO membership. But in between now and that point of contact (ldelaneyatglobetrade.com or call 773-381-1700), take a look at the following list of resources (primarily blogs and in line with our upcoming Summit on communications strategies for a connected world) to help you cut costs and get inspired.
Top 100 Blogs For Small-Business Cost-Cutting Inspiration
#101: The Women Presidents' Organization
Have a few of your own? Please share.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Since the focus of our 6th Annual WPO Chicago Summit August 13th is on communication strategies for a connected world (e.g., social media), we will continue to blog about a variety of social media and networking platforms that enable you to connect, collaborate and engage with other human beings worldwide through your business.
The first big question is this: Are you connected? As a founder, President or CEO of an organization, are you using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, and blog sites as a business tool?
Here's what a CEO says:
"Customers crave engagement and dialogue with the brands they love, and Twitter is one of the ways you can help establish that," Marr said. "The key is remembering that you're walking into one big dinner party - if you start shilling products instead of engaging with people you might not find any seats at the table."About how 31 percent of business owners through the 2008 Inc. 500 maintained a blog or presence on a social network.
What about you? What are you doing right now? How will we know?
Read more here.
Other related resources:
CEO's Who Twitter
Tweets From the Chiefs
C Level Tweeters
No surprises in CEOs using Twitter
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sustainable solutions only happen through smart choices and the art of execution. But have you thought about how design factors into it? This commentary, "Yes, Your Social Media Strategy Needs Design" will compel you to take a new approach to how you communicate with the world whether with words or images (hence, the Moscow Bridge image) or both.
Wikipedia "design" definition:
"Design is the planning that lays the basis for the making of every object or system. It can be used both as a noun and as a verb and, in a broader way, it means applied arts and engineering. As a verb, "to design" refers to the process of originating and developing a plan for a product, structure, system, or component with intention."Go here for the voice of David Armano who blogs for Harvardbusiness.org.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
6th Annual WPO Chicago Summit
"The Engagement Imperative:
Communications Strategies for a Connected World"
10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
IBM Innovation Center
71 South Wacker Drive, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
We are in the final stages of planning our Summit -- sponsored by Harris N.A. and IBM -- and our program is as follows:
10:30 a.m. - noon
Supplier Diversity Professionals (SDPs) and WPO Chicago members discuss how to work more efficiently together during tough economic times.
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Light buffet lunch (includes special tribute to Patti Ross, retired IBM executive)
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Emilia DiMenco, Executive V.P., Harris, will present, “Retrench, Renew, and Reset: Navigating the current environment and positioning your business for success," which will help WPO Chicago members re-evaluate their business objectives and financial well-being in light of the current economy and economic forecast.
2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Rick Murray, President, Edelman Worldwide Digital, will present, “The Engagement Imperative: Communications Strategies for a Connected World,” that paints the big picture on social media and word-of-mouth marketing. Opening remarks by Janet Cabot, President, Central Region, Edelman
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Networking (bring plenty of cards)
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner (offsite -- private)
This is a members-only event but it is not too late to join WPO Chicago provided you pre-qualify and we have space left in a chapter. Contact Laurel Delaney at the email address shown on our blog (right sidebar) or call 773-381-1700 for further information.
Special thanks to Harris N.A. and IBM for helping us make this year's event more relevant than ever.
We look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!
P.S. WPO Chicago private wiki members register here.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Whether you run a million dollar or a half billion dollar business, don't get snared by these three traps:
No. 1: You jump at every “opportunity”
No. 2: You develop “bright shiny object” syndrome
No. 3: Your target market is “everyone who…”Find out how to beat the odds of entrapment and still stay focused running a successful business here.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Learn more here.
- LinkedIn - Start the practice of connecting with every business card you receive from contacts.
- Facebook - Consider a "Facebook Movement" - creating a topic or trend in Facebook outside of your personal or brand fan pages.
- Twitter - A staple for all of us. Here's a must read basics of Twitter article.
- Google Profile - This is a Gold rush here. Secure and verify your personal name before someone else gets it.
- Plaxo - organizes business contacts via the web.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I recently interviewed 20 presidents of small businesses to find out what allows them to sleep through the night. The following are some tips that they shared:
1. Put in a good day’s work. Get to work early and stay an extra hour or two at the end of a normal day if needed.
2. Connect with upbeat, enthusiastic, high-energy people who share similar business concerns and who offer up a whole host of action-oriented solutions to extraordinary day-to-day problems.
3. Communicate with employees as often as possible to convey the steps being taken to keep the company strong.
4. Obsess over listening to customers, employees, vendors, colleagues, and friends and take action on what is said.
5. Emphasize a back-to-basics approach on everything, from how to buy office products to choosing cleaning services (do-it-yourself mentality) to who gets wooed over lunch or dinner for new business initiatives.
Read more of the other tips here at OPEN Forum by American Express OPEN.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Let's face it. It takes guts to run a company and a certain degree of fearlessness (better known as taking calculated risks) to make grand, sweeping leaps of faith (decisions) that may or may not lead to victory for your business.
But if you are sure about who you are and what you are doing, fear should not have any part of your life.
Here's a site that brings out the fearless factor in an exhilarating manner. It features stories about courageous people and how they conquered fear. These experiences might help YOU get your business blazing. Give it a try:
From entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists, scientists, and survivors of extreme experiences, these stories demonstrate the hidden potential we have to confront our fears and come out victorious.fear.less
Bracelet available here (no affiliation).
Saturday, June 13, 2009
There are a zillion social networks to choose from. Well, not that many, but enough. Which one do you use? Has it helped you grow your business? Just who is your demographic? What's in your strategic social media plan?
Fast Company offers up some good advice (answers to the above questions) in, "Social Networks Are More Than Networking."
After you read it, let us know how you are effectively leveraging the use of social networking platforms to increase your bottom line.
Click here for your complimentary Fast Company The Social Media Bible Ten Commandment ball (pictured above). Just print, cut, glue, and be inspired! Warning ... set aside plenty of time.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Friend and colleague Alice Krause, author of the News on Women blog, interviews our founder Dr. Marsha Firestone, Women Presidents' Organization, about entrepreneurship and women business ownership. Here are the four questions addressed:
1. What inspired you to start your organization?
2. What steps do you think are necessary for an entrepreneur who wants to move her business to the next level?
3. What can entrepreneurs do in the current economic climate?
4. What advice do you have for women who are just starting out?
Go here for the interview and to learn what Dr. Firestone has to say.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
We are a proud partner to the LATINA Style Business Series -- the most successful ongoing business development for LATINA entrepreneurs in the nation since 1998.
Join us Thursday, June 18th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
To learn more and to register, visit here.
Monday, May 25, 2009
This year, three companies are candidates for the award:
· LawyerLink (www.lawyerlinksolutions.com); Owner: Jennifer Bertoglio
· Patient Impact (www.patientimpact.com); Owner: Patty Riskind
· Noggin Labs (www.nogginlabs.com); Owners: Traci & Brian Knudson
Register today to find out who the 2009 Business of the Year and Advisory Panel of the Year awards go to.
Learn more about ATHENA Power Link, here.
See you there!
Added 6/8/09: Patient Impact takes home the ATHENA Power Link award. Congratulations to WPO Chicago member Patty Riskind! And we also extend our heartfelt congratulations to both Jennifer Bertoglio and Traci Knudson for their amazing work too! Much success to all in the future.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Join WIPP and small business river guides to navigate the federal contracting rapids.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
9:00 - 5:00 p.m.
525 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
• Barbara Kasoff, WIPP President
• Terri McNally-Beals, President, Global Capital, Ltd.
• Francine Manilow, CEO and Founder, Manilow Suites
• Hedy Ratner, Co-President and Founder, Women's Business Development Center
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Run out of ideas on how to keep your company growing? This article will help you chart a fresh course.
Read it here.
Friday, May 08, 2009
The Executives' Club of Chicago Women's Leadership Breakfast, "I Wish I Would Have Known That: Lessons for New Leaders," will be held Friday, May 29, 2009 at the The Fairmont Chicago (Imperial Ballroom, B2 Level, 200 N Columbus Drive) from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
WPO Chicago is a proud partner of this empowering high-level women's program (look for our tabletop with brochures).
Registration is 7:00 a.m. Seated Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Panel Discussion, 8:00 a.m.
ABC 7 Chicago
President & CEO
Lápiz and Leo Burnett Puerto Rico
Marilyn Carlson Nelson
For more information and to register, visit here.
I hope to see you there! Feel free to contact me to pre-arrange a meeting (ldelaney(at)globetrade.com)
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Please join me in congratulating WPO Chicago member, Jane Morgan, CEO, 411 Solutions International, for receiving the esteem award of "Woman Business Owner of the Year" through NAWBO Chicago.
We are very proud of her and wish her continued success in business.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I just returned from our 12th Annual Conference in San Diego recharged and refreshed after listening in on a series of inspiring keynote speakers and workshop presenters. I will report out on all the "aha moments" later this week.
In the meantime, enjoy the photo taken at the back of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
In getting things done, we discovered there are a couple of online tools we can't live without. Here are two where you can make hassle free online conference calls:
Scope them out and let us know what you think (we have no affiliation whatsoever).
See you soon in sunny San Diego!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
If you are looking for solutions on how to get your direct marketing right, pay a visit to the Small Business Marketing Guide -- brought to you by HP -- where DIY (do-it-yourself) brand marketing strategies will help you grow your business.
Learn more here.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Change doesn't mean an about face for no good reason or doing more of the same: calling on more clients, joining more social networking platforms or working longer hours. That won't help.
Conditions have changed dramatically so that means you have to adapt and adapt fast and furiously.
How do you decide what to do or say in a constantly changing business terrain? According to Peter Bregman at HarvardBusiness.org, you must first ask yourself three questions:
- What's the situation? The outcome you want to achieve? The risks? The time pressures? The needs?
- Who else is involved? What are their strengths? Weaknesses? Values? Vulnerabilities? Needs?
- How can I help? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Values? Vulnerabilities?
Choose the response that leverages your strengths, meets people where they are, and is appropriate to the situation you're in.Read the entire blog entry here.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Are you feeling the credit crunch? Most certainly you are yet it's the small business owners, like us, who are the real drivers of economic recovery and job creation. The latest evidence announced by the White House indicates that there will be a series of measures to help address the credit crunch facing many small firms.
The White House and Small Business Administration (SBA) hope to address these problems with three new policy directions.
Learn about them here.
We plan to discuss these measures at an upcoming WPO Chicago chapter meeting April 21 with the help of two experts: a bank and tax executive. Our goal is to learn everything we can about how to access funds for our businesses when they become available and at the same time, minimize taxes.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) will hold its 12th annual 2009 International Conference, entitled Sustainability: Securing the Future, in San Diego on April 23-25 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, hosting more than 500 successful women entrepreneurs for keynote speakers, workshops and discussions.
The conference encourages WPO members to share business strategies and experience with other successful women from all over North America, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers. Further, it will provide potential members who qualify a unique opportunity to experience the impact the WPO has on women business owners professionally, and personally.
Keynote speakers will include:
1. Meg Whitman, Former President and CEO of eBay
2. T. Boone Pickens, Founder and CEO, BP Capital
3. Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO, Act-1 Personnel Services and WPO Board Member
4. Adam Werbach- Global CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi S
Additionally, the conference will feature a program led by Judi Sheppard Missett, CEO and founder of Jazzercise Inc. According to entrepreneur Judi Sheppard Missett, there are three elements in music that compare to building a business — the bass beat, the cadence and the melody. Missett will demonstrate how her trilogy is the key to any thriving business and will lead you in an interactive journey to explore a proven formula for success.
Catherine Corley, Vice President of Business Marketing for Sam’s Club will moderate a panel of four successful WPO CEOs who have outstanding sustainable initiatives, including Laura J. Allen from Vision Education & Media, Hallie Satz from HighRoad Press, Katherine Putnam from Package Machinery Company, Inc., and Susan Daywitt from SLM- Facility Solutions Nationwide.
ACT NOW: Click here to go to the WPO's official conference site.
Note: If you pre-qualify for WPO but are not a member yet, you are still able to attend our conference. Please contact us (if you are located in Chicago) at 773-381-1700 or email ldelaney(at)globetrade.com to learn more. Elsewhere, call 212-688-4114. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Executives' Club of Chicago Women's Leadership Breakfast, "Positioning Yourself For Board Success" will be held Friday, March 20, 2009 at the The Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan). WPO Chicago is a proud partner of this empowering high-level women's program.
Registration is 7:00 a.m. Seated Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Panel Discussion, 8:00 a.m. For more information and to register, visit here.
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See you there!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Are you inadvertently building a wall between your company and your clients? I am sure by now you caught Tropicana's recent rejected package design. If you haven't, watch Peter Arnell explaining why it failed. It will fill you in. Then you'll know what I am talking about.
But back to you and your business. Are you keeping in good touch with your customers? Do you think you have a better relationship with them than they do to each other?
Not all brands seem to be increasingly "out of touch" with their own customers (for example, the Women Presidents Organization). Yet here's what David Armano thinks over at his Logic+ Emotion blog that might be some of the walls that are separating customers from a business.
One is particular is:
Tone DeafnessRead more here.
If you've lost the ability to connect and empathize with your customers, then you've become tone deaf. This means you can look at the data, the demographics and the numbers but never really understand, relate or "get" them in any meaningful way. So it's natural that your preference of communication will be one way vs. a dialogue. It's easier to maintain. Tone deafness becomes a barrier when you can see your customers, but can't figure out how to touch them anymore.
Now it's your turn. Care to share on what you are doing to see and touch your customers -- to relate to them on every level? We are all ears.
Monday, March 02, 2009
As the popularity of Web 2.0 has grown, so has anxiety over how to use the range of technologies to our advantage. Many companies are experimenting with the tools or deploying them on a trial basis.
To help companies navigate the Web 2.0 landscape, the authors identified six critical factors that determine the outcome of efforts to implement the technologies. They are as follows:
1. The transformation to a bottom-up culture needs help from the top.
2. The best uses come from users—but they require help to scale.
3. What’s in the workflow is what gets used.
4. Appeal to the participants’ egos and needs—not just their wallets.
5. The right solution comes from the right participants.
6. Balance the top-down and self-management of risk.
You won't want to miss this article published at The McKinsey Quarterly on "Six ways to make Web 2.0 work" which presents a vast array of opportunities -- for companies that know how to use Web 2.0 (including blogs, podcasts, wikis and social networks).
Web 2.0 promises further gains, although the capabilities differ from those of the past technologies (Exhibit 3 above).
Go here to learn more.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
A WPO Chicago member sent me the article, "7 Reasons To Be Grateful You're An Entrepreneur Right Now," and I think it is spot on, especially this part:
In a crisis, entrepreneurs have no choice but to keep moving, even if it’s tough going. But heavy lifting builds big muscles. The only real choice now is to go forward, and you will grow your capabilities and learn a lot by doing so.Sound like a plan? We think so. And naturally, the Women Presidents' Organization is here to help you every step of the way.
Let us know what we can do to assist and tell us how you plan to grow your business even during turbulent times.