Category archive: 365 Blog

Day 104:  If I were to do one thing today, what would it be?  Hmm.  There are so many right answers.  But, I am going with the philosophical answer (probably because I attended a church retreat this weekend).  During this retreat, I had some time to think about my priorities.  For me they are God,…

Day 103:  Have you asked someone how you are doing?  Very few economic development organizations and some chamber of commerce review the staff every year.  Most people are uncomfortable doing reviews and being reviewed.  Even when we are doing an awesome job, it’s not something we seek out.  We recommend to our clients that they…

Day 102:  Do I get distracted?  This might seem to be a strange post.  The purpose of my posts are to help you with your day to day activities.  I find myself distracted today, so I thought I should get busy and write to get me back on track.   With the advent of the internet…

Day 101: Rankings:  One of the sessions at IEDC was about rankings.  At one point one of the speakers discussed that he had gone back and looked at the rankings over several years.  He was surprised that Provo, UT, Des Moines, IA and Tulsa, OK has continuously come in at the top for several years. …

Day 100:  Workforce:  Last week I attended the International Economic Development Council Annual meeting in Philadelphia.  I always look at the agenda with a careful eye towards any trends.  Workforce issues have always been on the agenda for as long as I can remember.  Skills have also been the main topic.  But it seems that…

Day 99:  If I have a plan, should I follow it?  Now this may seem to be the most idiotic question a person can ask.  But, like my comment yesterday, you would be shocked how many organizations pay for a firm to do a strategic plan and turn around and never look at it again. …

Day 98:  Have I updated my data?  When we do our site selection work, we are always amazed about how old a lot of the websites we look at.  Many economic development organizations have not touched their website since they put them online which could have been five years ago.  While, websites can start to…

Day 97:  A cool new tool.  Since I started writing this blog earlier in the year, I had listed some must need tools.  The world does not stop, nor do new products.  A recent new tool which is offered by Google is called Google Hangout.  This is really a very nice tool for conferencing.  It…

Day 96:  How can I plan?  By plan, I mean plan for my organizations future.  I have read most people don’t really like to plan.  But we all have to do it.  We need to plan our day including how our kids get to and from work.  We all plan.  Planning does not have to…

Day 95:  A great success story: Last week I attended our state conference.  The entire afternoon of the conference was called a Bar Camp.  I’m sure most of you know what a Bar Camp is.  I was very disappointed it did not include alcohol or tents!  It is where someone spur of the moment picks…

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