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Time To Paint The Barn?

There it stands before you – a big eyesore. It’s weathered and showing it’s age. Your neighbors scowl and roll their eyes as they drive by. Time and the environment have dilapidated the exterior, showing flakes and deep veins of coarse texture. But the foundation and supports

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10.5 Ways To Become A Branding Ninja

Assassins. Espionage artists. Spies. Mercenaries. Survivalists. Turtles? Whatever you call them, the Ninjas’ brand is simply cool as hell! They have an aura of overwhelming power, intelligence, stealth and magic that no other warring agent can touch.  Sure, the “Ninja” brand has been copied, stolen and spoofed,

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What’s On Your List Today?

I’m a list-maker. To-do lists. Shopping lists. Priority lists. Lists of favorite foods. Lists of “Grooves.” You name it; I’ll make a list for it. This morning, I was sitting in my “home office” (the dining room table) going over my most recent list – a “priority

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Addiction Can Be A Good Thing?

Hello, my name is Andy…  I’m a Social Media Addict. (all together now…  Hellooooo Andy!) Can you see it – some big, mental-ward-like facility filled with a circle of gray, plastic chairs…  smoke hanging heavy in the air like some support group meeting (enter Nurse Rached)?  Is

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So Big You’re… PLURAL?

There’s something I don’t understand.  If you’re a freelancer or an independent businessperson, why would your Web site or your marketing collateral consistently refer to “We” and “Our” (as in OUR services include… and WE are located in…, etc.)?  Is it a ploy to “sound” bigger than

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Get-Going Grooves – Volume 1

Music is part of my personal brand.  I’ve written about it before. But for the last six months I’ve created quite a significant illustration of that particular personal brand trait. As a little joke/hat-tip to my friend, Terry Starbucker, I started tweeting about what was rolling off

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ONE Nation… ?

Our pledge of allegiance mentions something about being “One Nation,” and being, “Indivisible,” right?  Unfortunately, it’s been so long since I’ve heard it, I may have to check my facts on that. After watching the State of the Union address, I had to reflect on how, with

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Good Branding… It’s In The Eye Of The Beholder

(or…  lighten up already) Tell me, just who does your brand relate to? Good branding is subjective.  “A good brand” is completely based on the perspective of its target audience. One group of people can stand in a room and rip a brand from head-to-toe for everything

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Are You Good, Or Are You DAMN Good?

A thought came to my mind this morning.  It was in relation to a “Get-Going Groove of the day” post I made about Jaco Pastorius. “Are you good or are you damn good?” He was a troubled musician that had a talent that was second to none.

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This Snow-Day Is Brought To You By…

This post is for my fellow Midwesterners that have, over the last 60 hours, braved the cold, wind and driving snow from one of the worst blizzards seen in this area in almost a decade. Last time Iowa had snow like Tuesday and Wednesday’s storm was 1992.

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