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Principles of Graphic Design

One of the biggest changes of the internet age is hardly ever mentioned: people without formal training in graphic design produce a huge percentage of all the visuals we see today. That's not necessarily a good thing.  It started when computerized design became accessible in the mid '90s. Soon, everyone who could figure out the software started calling themselves graphic designers. But one can know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator without any understanding of the principl...
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

Everything You Know About Luxury Has Changed

Millennials are changing everything we know about luxury. Here are 5 key areas your luxury business must master to stay relevant.
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

What I Wish Consumers Knew About Buying Designer Jewelry

When you introduce someone to the joy of buying art the experience can be transformative. Consumers should have that experience buying designer jewelry.

Ethics

Expertise, Hubris, and Success

How do you balance the requirement for expertise with the hubris that sometimes accompanies it? In this video, Andrea Hill explores this topic and makes to important suggestions.
Merchandising

Marketing Strategy Dos (as in uno and tres): Unlimited Engagement

Social media insights can supercharge your marketing strategy. Today, let's look at some of my favorite tools for tracking and analyzing social media engagement.
Marketing

7 Steps to Banishing Bad Aphorisms

How you market determines how your customers respond to you. That's definitely not something to leave to chance.
Retail

In it to win it: Don't let generic retailers and pricing models drag you off your designer strategy

You already know being in business for yourself is hard work. But working this hard for no money? Differentiate.
Branding

Familiarity Breeds Content

How do you penetrate the attention of the unthinking individuals who happen to be your prospects? By being familiar even if you’re not known.

Leadership

Don't be a Virtual Leader

If you find yourself assembling virtual teams of home-based contract workers, you will need to develop new skills and sensitivities to motivate, manage, and assess them.
Management

Cinderella Teams and Giant Killers

Small businesses have a distinct advantage that large businesses do not have, and one of the things we must do is exploit this advantage to the maximum extent. What is it? Our ability to be flat, networked, and flexible.
Management

Caution! Don't Try This at Home

The truth is, nearly every manager demonstrates a little FETCH once in a while.
Management

Your Twitch is Showing

Twitch your nose all you want, but then you should probably get down to the grown-up work of evaluating, making informed decisions, being patient, accepting current reality, and creating incremental change.
Management

The Lost Art of Intention

What we really need now are a few good intentions.
Management

Caution! Don't Try This at Home

The truth is, nearly every manager demonstrates a little FETCH once in a while.
Management

The Knee Bone's Connected to the . . . (or, A Cure for All Manner of Social Problems

This failure to make connections is not isolated to the medical community. Business owners regularly fail to make the connections necessary to ensure the health of their businesses.
Management

Is it about the economy? It's about the leadership stupid.

The job of leadership is a big one – whether it is leading a country or leading a department.
Management

Integrity is A Russian Doll

An integrity-infused business is all-or-nothing. You’re either feeling it or you’re not, and if you’re not feeling it, it will bite you in the bottom line.
Management

The Gift That Keeps On Giving? Technical Skills

You already know that reading, writing, and an education are a requirement for success. Now you must add technical skills to that list.
Management

Giddy’up

Managing risk requires an ability to analyze the pros and cons of each decision from an objective place. Here are some tips on how to do it.
Management

The Administrative Answer to Wisdom at Work

The larger a business grows, the more difficult it is to manage communication among all of its constituents. Some policies are unavoidable, but it is desirable for an environment to operate on sound principles rather than rules and policies to the greatest extent possible.
Management

An Improved Report Card

If you want a quick insight injection on how to take goal setting and self-assessment to the next level, let this be your 5-minute primer.
Management

Evaluating Business Software Programs? Dig Deeper From the Beginning

When investigating business software programs always start by evaluating the underlying code and technology and how the software is designed.

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If you ask why before deciding what, who, how, or when, you will come up with a stronger answer every time. Why is the essence of strategy.

Maybe the reason its so hard to remain in quarantine is that it's hard to outrun sadness when you're forced to be still.

"Millions of items of the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”
William James

"The tricky thing about hope is to not confuse it with optimism." Rebecca Solnit

Well, Catholics pray to saints," I mutter to myself as I begin my nightly prayer to RBG.

2020 is total pants.

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