An Edgy Conversation with Dan Waldschmidt

Edgy conversations are the backbone of Dan Waldschmidt’s approach to making a difference.  According to Dan, most of our conversations are lame and we’ve forgotten how to be intimate and real in our dialogue. His blog, the Edge of Explosion, was rated by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top seven sales blogs anywhere on the Internet. Dan doesn’t settle for corporate speak and instead challenges us to have intimate conversations that truly make us pause. Can you even remember the last conversation that did that for you?

Dan joined 30 Minute Business Dig on Blog Talk Radio to share his story and insights to getting “edgy.” He states, “It’s not what we do, it’s who we are.”

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Coloring Outside the Lines Without Falling Off the Page

Jeff Tobe, author and speaker, joined 30 Minute Business Dig to inspire businesses to think more creatively when interacting with their customers. In today’s economy, we can no longer continue to do what we’ve always done and expect different results. We need to be innovative and step out of our comfort zones to gain the competitive edge.

Jeff shares stories to illustrate his point throughout the interview. It’s entertaining and informative at the same time! After you listen, please comment with how you are creating unforgettable customer experiences!

Are You a Victim of Limited Thinking?

Have you ever wondered how athletes break records? How millonaires make their millions?

Simply put, they accomplished what many of us think is not possible by believing they can do it.  We are conditioned from a very young age to accept patterns of limited thinking – much like “the world is flat” or ” no one can break the four minute mile“.

Roger Bannister Breaks the Four Minute Mile


We are all a product of our past, which may have resulted in a limited belief system. We have many beliefs that we have accepted over time as true and have never challenged whether they are valid or not. If you don’t believe you can break a record, you won’t. If you don’t believe you can earn what you are worth, you won’t.   We allow our beliefs to stop us without even challenging them.

Here is a three step process to break free of outdated mindsets, practices and limiting beliefs.

  1. Question Your Belief – Just because you believe it doesn’t mean it’s true. They are only true because you’ve decided  and agreed they are true.
  2. Change Your Belief – If it’s not true, change your way of thinking. This may mean you’ll need to also make an attitude shift. Beliefs are formed through repeated thoughts that you most likely learned from an early age. Now that they are a part of your subconsciously, you need to make a conscious effort to think differently.
  3. Take Action –  Roger Bannister did not break the four minute mile because he simply believed he could. He practiced! For you to achieve your goals, dreams and aspirations, you need to take some form of action.

What are some of your examples of how your beliefs and limited thinking stop you from achieving what you really want? Add your comments and ways you’ve overcome them!

Seth Godin Got it Right – This is Broken

On April 5, I received an e-mail from US Airways as one of their frequent flyers. They said I had 1000 frequent flyer miles waiting for me in my account -because they know I love to travel and they love seeing me happy – yes, it says that right in the e-mail. A typo in the subject line did catch my attention, but other than that, I figured this was a nice PR effort.

Fast forward four days, and on April 9, I received a second email from US Airways – with Oops! in the subject line. They explained they inadvertently sent me the previous email and were now taking back the 1000 miles they had originally promised because “they love seeing me happy.”  In Seth Godin’s terms, this is broken.

To give you some context, a few years ago, Seth Godin gave a speech called “This is Broken” that was featured on Ted TV. (you can view the entire video below). Seth gives a tour of things poorly designed, the seven reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them. The seven reasons are 1) not my job, 2) selfish jerks, 3) the world changed, 4) I didn’t know, 5) I’m not a fish, 6) contradictions, and 7) broken on purpose.

In the case of US Airways, not only is this a PR nightmare, but someone had to have done this! The first sign of trouble was in the typo in the subject line of the first e-mail. When you are sending an e-mail to thousands of your frequent flyer customers, attention to detail is critical. Sending a second e-mail with “Oops” in the subject line- and taking back what you promised is just wrong. Does US Airways realize that something is broken here? Do they care? I say not since they mishandled the opportunity to get a positive reaction instead of a negative one.

Now, the manager or director who took the heat from this faux pas may have immediately chastised some poor intern that they burdened with this responsibility of communicating with some of their best customers. But that is not the answer. The best strategy for any business is to retain their loyal customers. It costs five times more to get a new customer than it does to keep an existing customer.

As a business owner, you can take the proactive approach to create a culture and processes that keep these things from happening, or you can react by taking the steps to make the culture and processes better. Either way, it’s a win  for your business, brand and customer.  All factors that impact negatively on the customer must be identified and corrected if you wish to compete most effectively and profitably. You must develop appropriate customer-oriented strategies, design and implement customer friendly policies/processes, develop your employees to create and sustain customer relationships, and constantly monitor and continuously improve your progress for the issues that are most important for your customer. For more information about creating a customer loyalty program, click here.

Here’s Seth’s video on “This is Broken.”

 

Podcast: Strategy CPR – How To Breathe Life Back Into Your Organization’s Game Plan

Does your organization have a strategic plan?  Is is sitting on a shelf collecting dust or is it truly a living, dynamic document that is guiding your business forward? Companies large and small spend significant time and resources developing strategic plans. But how many of them truly get the return on the investment? The best of intentions can be sidelined by the day-to-day tasks of taking care of business.

Creative strategist Dianna Sadlouskos shares her advice for how to take swift action to breathe life into your company game plan. Strategy CPR sounds like a “life and death” situation for an organization, yet if a business is showing symptoms that keep them from implementation and execution, they can end up stagnating and falling behind the competition.

This informative interview provides business leaders with concrete steps and actions to take to prevent “cardiac arrest.”