• Posts Tagged ‘John Richard Bell’

    From CEO to Novelist: Not without Perseverance

    by  • November 13, 2017 • Life, My Books, Writing • 0 Comments

    When my business book Do Less Better was published, I had the pleasure of meeting National Post journalist Peter Kuitenbrouwer who interviewed me about the challenges facing an ex-CEO hell-bent on finding a publisher for his historical fiction manuscript. But the longer we talked, the focal point of Peter’s story evolved into a tale of how I went about re-inventing myself from my former life as a business executive.

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    Living the CEO Afterlife

    by  • November 8, 2017 • Life, My Books, Uncategorized, Writing • 2 Comments

    Those who follow my blog have an idea of how I’m spending my time as a retired CEO. I’m working – not for money, for fun. Beyond my recreational life (weapons of choice being a tennis racquet and a pickle-ball paddle – on a good day I use both), I’m writing about business leadership, branding and life. I’ve also written a historical novel, The Circumstantial Enemy. After several years of trying, I have found a publisher who wasn’t afraid to invest in a newbie, grey-haired novelist in an industry going through substantial change.

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    The 2 Most Undervalued Factors in Social Marketing

    by  • April 13, 2016 • Branding, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy • 1 Comment

    404errorWhen I was in brand management, social media did not exist. But I can tell you this: I would have had a field day with this exciting medium because I valued the power of ‘big ideas’ to infuse growth into the brands under my wing. Frankly, I had no choice, because I’d worked for small to medium-sized companies competing against giants the likes of Nestle, Kraft, and Procter & Gamble. By any comparison, my brands were under-financed. But, they sure as hell weren’t neglected. 

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    Work That Matters starts with Matters that Work

    by  • April 5, 2016 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 0 Comments

    GoogleEmployeesTo most of us, the phrase Work that Matters infers job satisfaction. The outcome is lower stress, lower turnover, and higher productivity – in business, a ‘win-win’ for employees, customers and shareholders. The logic is infallible. So, I ask you, why is there such a gap between the theory and the practice? Why are so many organizations and so many workers struggling to find workplace nirvana?

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    Leading Without Direct Reports

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

    music-433930_640Leadership 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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