Tag Archives: success

Real-Time Infographic on U.S. Shopping

20 May

What do Americans eat, drink, buy, and spend by the second — in real time?

Click the image to see an interactive infographic from Couponbox.com. The image below is static and shows only a small amount of the infographic.

 

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Under 40s Impacting the World

21 Apr
For the purposes of this post, we are defining “young adults” as any adults under 40 years of age. [Yes, there will be some 20-year-olds who view 39 as ancient. LOL). But this definition enables us to closely look at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Young Global Leaders: Class of 2016” reports.

 

According to WEF:

“The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”

“Meet the Young Global Leaders class of 2016. Brilliant scientists. Emerging entrepreneurs. Tech investors. Activist MPs. Each year, we select the most innovative, enterprising, and socially minded men and women under the age of 40 who are pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them. This year’s class of Young Global Leaders gives hope that they are ready to tackle the world’s most complex and pressing challenges. They are invited to join a community and a five-year leadership journey that we believe will help them break down silos, bridge cultures and use their collective skills to get things done for positive impact across private, public, and civil society organizations.”

Click this image to access the “The Forum of Young Global Leaders.”

Click on the image below to access the 121 members of Class of 2016, with a short bio on each. Regional distribution: Asia Pacific (15); Eurasia (4); Europe (23); Greater China (13); Latin America (7); Middle and North Africa (10); North America (27); South Asia (11); and Sub-Saharan Asia (11).

YGLS

 

The Sock Queen: Slideshow

19 Apr

With the advent of the popular Happy Socks in 2008, the sock industry has changed dramatically. Here’s the story of Happy Socks by Happy Socks:

“Happy Socks started in the spring of 2008. Two friends had a vision: to spread happiness by turning an everyday essential into a colorful design piece with a rigid standard of ultimate quality, craftsmanship and creativity. A concept now brought to perfection by the Happy Socks collective of creators.Today Happy Socks are sold in more than 70 countries and on every continent.Happy Socks features an almost endless variety of models and designs, using a broad spectrum of color combinations and original patterns. Simply put: there’s a pair of high-quality socks and underwear for every occasion, mindset and style.”

Today, there is a tremendous amount of competition in this part of the sock industry, including Little River Sock Mill. It is now run by Gina Locklear, dubbed the “Sock Queen of Alabama” by the New York Times:

“Nine years ago, when she was 27 and unhappily selling real-estate, Gina Locklear went to her parents with a proposition. She wanted to make socks. Not the basic white socks the family had specialized in, but fashionable socks, with organic cotton and dyes. A ‘mood board’ of socks, patterns and colors hangs in Ms. Locklear’s office at Emi-G Knitting. She produces two lines: Zkano, an online brand she started in 2008, and Little River Sock Mill, which was started in 2013 and is sold in stores like Margaret O’Leary in Manhattan.”

“Last fall (2015), Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living presented Ms. Locklear with an American Made award, which they give each year to a few artisans and small-business owners to provide a boost of recognition. Besides, ‘It’s a sensible business,’ Ms. Stewart said. “Everyone needs socks. Women are wearing socks as a fashion statement like never before. Turn the pages of Vogue and almost every fancy dress is worn with a pair of socks.”

 
Click the image for a NY Times’ slideshow of the Sock Queen.


 

Tamara Ingram: The Woman Now Leading JWT

4 Apr

One of the world’s great advertising agencies, J. Walter Thompson Company LLC,  is now being headed by a womanTamara Ingram — for the first time.

As reported by Lindsay Stein for Advertising Age:

“J. Walter Thompson Co.’s new worldwide CEO has an impressive track record, a wealth of experience leading global teams, and is a former Ad Age Woman to Watch. With the appointment, Ms. Ingram becomes one of the rare women sitting atop a major ad agency. Since 2015, Ms. Ingram has overseen 45 global account teams, which made up one-third of the holding company’s $20 billion of revenue and included more than 38,000 staffers working on the accounts.”

“Her team building and client handling skills are well known. In 2007 (while working for Grey Global), she was named president-CEO of Team P&G, a company she previously told Ad Age with which she was ‘passionately in love.’ She said at the time: ‘I like their human values. They want to make the world a bit better with their products. They are excited by innovation and changing things.’ As the leader of Team P&G she was responsible for $1 billion in business across 40 agencies. Ms. Ingram also concurrently served as exec VP-exec managing director of Grey Global Group.”

 
Click the image to read more.

Tamara Ingram, WPP’s former Chief Client Team Officer has been appointed CEO of J. Walter Thompson Company following the resignation of Gustavo Martinez. Credit: via Twitter.


 

 

Don’t Let ANYONE Or ANYTHING Discourage You

21 Mar

We can ALL be a success. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Just be persistent and confident in your abilities, work hard, and learn as much as you can about every facet of your life! This is about YOU being the master of your own self brand, and not having others define you  instead.

As the late Jim Valvano said in an inspirational 1993 speech about his battle with cancer, “Never Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up.” [The V Foundation has raised more than $150 million for cancer research.] Valvano’s speech certainly inspires me. That’s why this blog’s description ends with “Live Life Every Day.”


 
On a personal note:

When I was 19 and a college sophomore, I went to talk to one of my professors about a midterm exam. I was NOT there to complain about my grade (of C+), only to find out how I could improve my essay answers for the final. My conversation with the professor lasted less than 5 minutes. His only response? “I don’t know why you’re here in my office. You’re from a blue-collar family and a first-generation college student. What makes you think you can do any better?” That was it.

Although this incident was decades ago, I still remember it. The comments by that insulting and condescending professor have served as a major impetus for me to prove him wrong. As the About section of this blog indicates, I have done a lot to prove his assessment of me to be wrong.🙂

 
The video below from Motivating Success is encouragement for all of us. It is an “inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times you have failed in life. This video mentions well known people who had failed, but kept pressing on until they became successful.”

Among those featured in the video are Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, Lionel Messi (the soccer superstar), and Steve Jobs. All of them had at least one failure before going on to enormous success.


 

Can YOU Cut It as An Entrepreneur?

8 Mar

Interested in becoming an entrepreneur? The potential may be great; but the risks may be high too. Below, you will find an entrepreneur’s quiz.

We have posted several times on entrepreneurship, such as:

Now, here is a quiz for YOU to take. Do YOU have the right stuff to be an entrepreneur? The quiz is by Steve Strauss, writing for TheSelfEmployed.Com:

“Ask yourself: Does the idea of leaving your job and paycheck and benefits frighten you more or excite you more? Excitement and fear are my beginning criteria because starting a business is not for everyone and you better be darned sure that you will like it before risking a lot of time, money and your  reputation on a new idea. But let’s drill down a little deeper. To help, I have created a short quiz. It will help you evaluate your qualifications. (But please, as you answer, be honest with yourself. It doesn’t help you at all to get an answer ‘right’ if it really is not true for you.)”

Click the image to access the quiz!

Jack Welch: What Makes Great Firms Great

2 Mar

To many expert observers, Jack Welch (who served as CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001) was the “Manager of the Century,”  as he was called by Fortune. According to 60 Minutes, the value of GE stock rose by 4,000!!!! percent during Welch’s tenure as CEO.

Since his retirement from GE, Welch has not been idle on the business front — far from it. He has been involved with business education, done speaking engagements, authored/co-authored books, served on corporate boards, and done a whole more.

Recently, Jack and Suzy Welch contributed an essay on “6 things that distinguish great companies from average ones” for Business Insider:

  1. “Great companies demonstrate a real commitment to continuous learning.”
  2. “Great companies are meritocracies.”
  3. “Great companies not only allow people to take risks but also celebrate those who do.”
  4. “Great companies understand that what is good for society is also good for business.”
  5. “Great companies keep their hiring standards tight.”
  6. “Great companies are profitable and growing.”

Click the image for an explanation of each of the above points.

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

 

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