• Posts Tagged ‘John Richard Bell’

    Leading Without Direct Reports

    by  • October 18, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 1 Comment


    Leadership does not begin when you step upon the first rung of the management ladder. One direct report does not make you a leader; nor does ten. Yet, the moment you have direct reports, you are EXPECTED to lead. And when you fail to demonstrate traits critical to successful leadership, the expectations of your colleagues and subordinates are dashed.

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    Stubbornness and Strategy: Birds of a Feather

    by  • July 16, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    canada-geese-348290_640From as far back as my days in brand management, I have held a deep affection for strategy. This might have something to do with the fact that I can be stubborn. Good strategists are also stubborn, even pigheaded. Why is that? Because without strategic stubbornness, the hard barrier lines that contain the strategy will blur. And when a brand or company’s positioning blurs, customers become confused.

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    Why Leaders Believe that Tomorrow is a Better Place

    by  • April 13, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 1 Comment

    g9600_elonB.inddTo every one of us, the future is important. Maybe it’s because the future is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives. Or could it be something more, something about the human spirit that has us looking ahead to a better future for ourselves, our families, and every living thing on the planet. One thing is for sure; you won’t get to a better future without foresight.

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    50 Shades of Decay

    by  • March 7, 2015 • Human Resources, Leadership, Strategy, Uncategorized • 1 Comment


    Now that I have your attention, the decay I am actually referring to is the 50 warning signs of corporate decay. Watch out for them in your organization. If you spot four or five, work on resolving them, now. Ten or fifteen mean that you are already in the quicksand. Revival is not too late, but whatever you do . . . remember, the steps you take must be transformational, not incremental. Sick companies are never turned around by doing more of the same, better.

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    The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World

    by  • January 14, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 1 Comment

    LargeDo Less Better isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever. All the way from the C-suite’s choice of markets in which to compete to a person’s daily “to do” list, the “how” is the capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices.

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    What’s Holding YOU Back?

    by  • January 20, 2014 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life • 5 Comments

    Chains6“What is holding you back?” is the fundamental question everyone should answer BEFORE setting goals, objectives and resolutions. This applies to your personal life and your professional life. I know nothing of your personal life, but I do know a thing or two about business life, having lived there more years than I care to remember.

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    Why HR Needs to Be a Marketer

    by  • December 29, 2013 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy • 0 Comments

    MrktgHRGreat marketing begins with great strategy. Great strategy seldom happens without sacrifice. Sacrifice is the natural path to differentiation. The best brand custodians know that you never promise a smorgasbord of benefits; trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for disaster. There’s more: a marketer’s product or service better deliver on the promise. If it doesn’t, great marketing cannot exist. What does this have to do with HR? Everything.

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    The Latest in Corporate Bail Outs – Women

    by  • October 7, 2013 • Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Strategy, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Quit2When I left corporate life, the glass in the ceiling suppressing the advancement of women to the C-suite was beginning to show cracks. Today, there’s a venerable list of female executives who have shattered that glass and gone on to illustrious careers as successful CEOs. One might think the likes of Melissa Mayer (Yahoo!), Laura Sen (BJ’s Wholesale Club), Ellen Kullman (DuPont), and Indra K. Nooyi (Pepsi) would inspire more and more women to seek greater responsibility in the corporate world. Not necessarily so.

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