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Think Strategy -- The Steps of Life Print E-mail
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
ImageHow do we climb the mountains of our lives? One step at a time! Life is a continuous series of steps beginning with grade school, middle school, then high school. College (perhaps) - then finally the work force. The steepest step of all may be the process of applying ourselves. Consistently climbing; we get off on some and consider jumping to others.
 
Think Strategy -- Designated Confusion Print E-mail
Written by Torin Ellis   
Monday, 17 March 2008

ImageTrue story.  Several months back, I went for an early morning run after about two hours of sleep.  Mind had been racing for hours.  Tossing ideas and throwing solutions.  Vibes were too strong for a notepad.  Had to move – got up and dressed for a few morning miles.  Chose a main street – 4:20a – instead of a track.  In this story I trip – land on my hands...in the street – look up as vehicles are approaching.  More than 100 yards away.  Thank God.

 
Think Strategy - In the Rain With No Umbrella Print E-mail
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
ImageWe've all heard and read a lot in recent years about the demographic shifts that will change the workforce of the future. I argue that future is now. Corporate culture, keeping employees fully engaged, and a team approach to tackling priorities are all on the smart company's agenda. No problem there.

Monday's are required for nearly 150 million people in the workforce hoping to achieve progress. Yet unemployment, underemployment, and those disgruntled with their employment number nearly 7/10. Many uncover they are not aligned with a smart company. Staggering truth. So many in the rain with no umbrella.
 
Think Strategy -- Performance Print E-mail
Written by Roger Madison Jr.   
Tuesday, 04 March 2008
ImageYour attention please. Corporate malfeasance is most often used when describing disastrous accounting scandals like Arthur Anderson, Enron, Worldcom. More than 10 years later, the SEC continues to struggle with regulatory systems put in place and some reports doubting their usefulness. I'm more concerned with documenting personal performance; a different type of accounting scandal.
 
Think Strategy -- Expectations Print E-mail
Written by Torni Ellis   
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
ImageWhat do these documents all have in common:  Business Plan, Contract, Invoice (luv that one), Request for Proposal, Marketing Plan and Service Level Agreement?  They each represent an inventory of expectations.  We differ not.  We contain the know-how, but at times don't seem to deliver.  Disruptions are usually bad news.  Typically equates to lost revenue and aggravation.  For whom – you fill in the blank.
 
Think Strategy -- Create Your Headlines Print E-mail
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
ImageHeadlines are important.  Nothing more than an assembled string of words used as attention getting statements.  No matter the profession, it is necessary for you to create headlines.  In your emails, power points, sales calls or seminars, you will find that better headlines will often equal better bottom lines.  The ask, whatever it is, will be more compelling and garner more results. 
 
Think Strategy -- Tumbleweeds Print E-mail
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 05 February 2008
ImageThe persona of tumbleweed.  Tossed about for a season...appearing to be without direction...desiccate.  No apparent cause.  The effect, a series of unintended consequences and it still ain't over.  Progress...sometimes not so obvious.  Dust clears...a worthy adversary to failure...to mediocrity...stands.  The story of our careers.  Right?
 
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