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June 2016
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Canvas Notes

Forward

Foward

My daughter couldn’t sleep the other night due to the Orlando massacre news coverage. She is as sensitive as most kids, and this horrific event shook even the sturdiest of adults to their core. So, I gave her a pass and let her jump into bed with mama.

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Business

Designing Business – Best practices for building your creative brand

DesigningBusiness

Painting. Photography. Gardening. Hunting. How about raising honeybees? There’s no one answer to how designers can best stir their creative juices and stoke their inspirational fires.

That’s because regardless of the common vocation they share, designers still are individuals, says Kristian Andersen, partner of Indianapolis-based High Alpha, a company that conceives, launches and scales next-generation enterprise cloud companies through the application of business strategy, world-class design and product development.

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Perspective

Who You Gonna Call – Dialing in on what it means to be a printer in the digital age

WhoYouGonnaCall

In one famous scene from the 1984 blockbuster “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis’ character, Egon, declared to his flirtatious secretary that “print is dead.” The joke worked because Egon was such a nerd, who then proudly announced to the woman who was hitting on him that he collected molds and spores as a hobby.

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Sales

The Winning Hand – 7 easy tips to sell more

WinningHand

Sometimes, reaching the next level of success is easier than you think. All you need is to tweak a tactic, make a small adjustment or try a new approach. Small actions can have a big impact, so find a tip that fits and start using it in the next 24 hours. Here are seven tips that can help get you going:

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Perspective

Legacy – Building something that lasts

Legacy

“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” – Steve Jobs

Mint is the master of all things financial. The personal budgeting app makes managing your personal finances a cinch by automatically pulling all of your financial information into one place. Everything right in front of you – on any device.

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Canvas Notes

Knuckle Down

KnuckleDown

Who do you believe are the people at the very top of your field? How would you describe them? What do you think makes them tick? I think the answers to these questions might astound you if you are honest about it. Once you understand what makes the most successful people go, then maybe you can determine if you have what it takes.

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Canvas Notes

Read the situation

Roadrage

Yesterday, I walked into a Dunkin’ Donuts to grab my staple of coffee with cream and coconut flavor and was greeted with some very unhappy people. Specifically, there were three disenchanted customers and what looked like two really sour employees. So being my curious self, I had to pry.

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Canvas Notes

An Eye for an Eye

Highroad

There is nothing that I love more than my kids. They are the light of my life, and I am crazy proud of them, so when they are hurt in any way, I feel the pain just as they do. In fact, when my kids are unjustly attacked, anger and emotion starts to boil inside of me. And just like most parents, I have used an abundant amount of energy and had many sleepless nights worrying about my kids and plotting how to get retribution when they have been slighted. In turn, when people who have hurt them are exposed, I silently wish the world to find out. On some level, I guess it would make me feel better to be able to say, “See, I told you they were awful!”

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Business

All Ears – Getting your client’s attention

AllEars

Just recently I spoke with the CEO of a very successful business who wanted to expand into new geographies. Her firm has a solid presence in her local market and a great website, yet she’d been talked into doing a costly “rebranding” exercise by a marketing firm that’s helping advertise and promote her business in the new target markets.

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Canvas Notes

Mother’s Day

Mother

There are so many different kinds of mothers in the world. There are sweet ones, determined ones, huggy ones, and not so huggy ones. There are mothers of many, mothers of few, adopted mothers, single mothers, and step mothers. There are so many different kinds of mothers that it seems odd to celebrate them on just one single day.

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