Archives for January 2013

Is The Medium The Message?

Medium Message1964 was the year of my birth.  It was also the year Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher of communication theory coined the phrase, “The medium is the message.”

According to Wikipedia, McLuhan’s insight suggested this central thought:  “The form of a medium (“media” plural) embeds itself in a message, creating an interdependent relationship by which the media influences how the message is perceived. Huh?

There’s still a debate on what that phrase means.  Smashing Magazine reports: “Saying that we experience different media in different ways doesn’t sound groundbreaking, but deeper exploration of McLuhan’s theory can change the way you design and develop your info marketing content.”

Okay, I think I’m starting to understand…

Here’s what I do know:  The meaning behind’s McLuhan’s insight has puzzled academics, philosophers, media mavens and marketers alike during the past 48 years.  In my view, “The medium is the message” is more closely related to [Read more…]

The 3 Responsibilities of a Thought Leader

Marketing, ResponsibilityA clear and simple definition of Responsibility is: “The ability to respond.”

What separates thought leaders in professional fields such as: marketing, academic, business training, spirituality, philosophy (or any other discipline you can think of ) is their ability to respond to uncertainty.

Amateurs react. Professionals respond.

After 17+ memorablem years of teaching direct marketing strategies to work-at-home entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, professional speakers and corporate giants such as Sams Club, I’ve observed that world-class professionals are defined by 3 core responsibilities.

If you want to become a social influencer or thought leader in your area of expertise, these 3 responsibilities can expand your public authority online and offline with reliable certainty.

Responsibility #1:  Define Reality. 

I learned this from Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller and best-selling author of Leadership Is an Art.  Max says, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.”

I agree. And I also know [Read more…]

“Priority” is the new Productivity

SuccessIn his roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com, Brian Patrick Eha makes a recommendation that violates the Principle of Priority.  Eha writes:

Do your hardest tasks first. Do your creative thinking and your most difficult work early in the day, before routine chores (handling emails, scheduling meetings and so on) have sapped your energy.

“Every decision we make tires the brain,” says David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute.  “Save less complex work for later in the day,” he adds.

Commentary:

In my 17+ years of teaching Productivity strategies to entrepreneurs who market online, doing the most difficult work early in the day is the surest way to diminish personal productivity.

My five-word definition of Productivity is “Maximum results in minimum time.” And by “results” I mean what’s most important to attain success, not what’s most urgent to maintain success.

It’s not about what’s difficult or creative or hard that matters. What matters most is [Read more…]

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