Steve’s Memes

Steve’s Memes: Everyone Only Has One Head






Today’s Lesson: They Have Just One Head & One Heart…   Whether you’re the manager “correcting” your employees or a salesperson going in for the kill, everyone only has one head and one heart. If your long-term goals depend on them, you’d better hope you didn’t take off their head or rip out their heart already.(…)






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Steve’s Memes: Actions Schmactions; Unfortunately, Words Matter More






Today’s Lesson: Choose Your Words Carefully   Remember when actions actually did speak louder than words? Me neither; none of us are that old. TODAY’S LESSON: An unfortunate result of the superficial nature of most everyone is that words matter more than actions… and likely always will. Understanding this and using it to your advantage(…)






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Steve’s Memes: LinkedIn Is What You Want It To Be






Today’s Lesson: Guess what? You’re the one who gets to choose how you interact with the world.   “LinkedIn is not this” “LinkedIn is not that” “LinkedIn is supposed to be for…” “Never use LinkedIn for…” Ugh… can we give it a rest? TODAY’S LESSON: Every social interaction (including the use of LinkedIn) is exactly(…)






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Steve’s Memes: When Everything Is Critical, Then Nothing Is






Today’s Lesson: Focus on those things that actually move the needle.   ZMOT… Big Data… and now Micro-Moments?!?!? Unless you’re the CMO of a Fortune 500 company, it’s better to focus your marketing and sales efforts on those things you can (1) Easily Measure; (2) Quickly Understand; and (3) Successfully Influence. For most of us,(…)






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Steve’s Memes: Effective is Simple; Snake Oil is Complicated






Today’s Lesson: Remember that those who still sell snake oil succeed by making you feel like you’re too old-school or too dumb to really “Get It.”   Einstein said it best: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” … although I will add: …or what you’re selling is snake oil.” TODAY’S(…)






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Steve’s Memes: Rotting Fish Don’t Smell Better Tomorrow






Today’s Lesson: Leaders don’t let issues fester and grow and spread – they address them as they happen.   At most, mediocre managers talk about performance at the beginning of the month (when targets are set) and then at the end of the month (when targets are missed). TODAY’S LESSON: Successful leaders address performance issues(…)






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Steve’s Memes: There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Cheese






TODAY’S LESSON: Those who achieve their dreams don’t understand the concept of “too much” enthusiasm and drive.   The entire concept of “too much” is a judgement call. Whether cheese and sausage or enthusiasm and drive – we all have different tastes. TODAY’S LESSON: If someone ever tells you you’re putting too much cheese on(…)






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Steve’s Memes: Being a Victim is Easy






TODAY’S LESSON: Don’t allow others to define you.     Becoming a victim is easy. Everywhere you turn there’s someone that will tell you why you’re being held down by others… Remember what Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.” TODAY’S LESSON: Stop being defined by others. Successful(…)






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Steve’s Memes: The Best Defense Against Criticism






Today’s Lesson: No one can make you feel unworthy unless you let them.   You may have heard the saying that “the best offense is a great defense,” but did you know the reverse is true when it comes to others’ negative perceptions of you? Yep: Your best defense to criticism is a great offense!(…)






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Steve’s Memes: Leading with Repeatable Processes






Today’s Lesson: Leading with real process requires real commitment.   Real process improvement is like working out. We all want the outcome, but few are willing to put in the effort for very long. TODAY’S LESSON: If changing your company’s culture from seat-of-the-pants management to leading with repeatable processes was easy, then everyone would do it.(…)






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