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Happy Holidays and Merry Myrtle!

In Communications on December 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Myrtle Never Threw Away Her Postcards -- 1 in a series of 80+

Gertrude bragged a bit about her travels while Myrtle stayed at home.

To preview a series of posts I have planned for 2010, and to wish you a fabulous holiday season, I share with you a postcard sent more than 30 years ago from Germany to Myrtle’s mailbox in Illinois. I love a good hand-written note, and am also amused that I can share a form of communication as traditional as a postcard with so many people through new forms of communications. I hope you will enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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Business Advice from Unexpected Sources?

In Business, Marketing on December 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I was watching the episode of Lipstick Jungle where Victory was opening her own boutique and hired the cheap contractor to save money. That wasn’t working out so well. Joe swooped in and began drawing on the wall.

He drew a triangle with a word at each point: good, cheap, fast. He explained that you can’t have all three at the same time. You can have good and fast, but it won’t be cheap. You can have cheap and fast, but it won’t be good. Cheap and good? Be prepared to wait for it.

That really made sense to me. I also started thinking about it from almost an opposite side as a way to evaluate which projects would be worth pursuing. Project A doesn’t have much of a budget but the project doesn’t last long and will allow us to produce a quality project that can help us get more business. Let’s take it! Project B has $ but not enough time for us to produce good work. That’s a pass because we never want to take something that won’t allow us to do quality work. And so on and so forth.

It’s a bit of a twist on the original concept but when looking at Project C that needed us to work for a long time at a low budet on a project that wasn’t relevant to prospects, that had to be a pass. If you can have none of the three, run!

Since seeing that episode, I’ve noticed Joe’s triangle theory in a couple of business books and articles. It’s quite possible it’s common, and I had just never heard it before.

Got me to thinking about other tips or theories that might have been picked up from non-traditional sources of advice. Please comment if you’ve had a similar experience.

What I Love Wednesday – Super Late Edition

In Family & kids, The Arts, What I love Wednesday on December 3, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I’m glad I wasn’t able to do What I love Wednesday yesterday because you would have been deprived from the glorious artwork created in my very own home this evening.

Ladies and gentleman…. may I present to you….. The Pink Sticky Note Collection by JW Hughens. Some of you have seen JW create and sell art on-the-spot at a local fundraiser and tonight he engaged his parents in a bidding war over one particular piece. Inspired by the success of his sales, he raised his prices and made more! Some of the pieces shown below are still available, and JW is available to create custom masterpieces if you are looking for a special holiday gift.