As some of the readers of this blog know, I frequently travel by RV. Given that we have many clients scattered throughout North America, many in small, difficult-to-reach places, an RV makes a lot of sense. Plus, I get to travel in the company of my wife and, this trip, my dog (not sure how she likes it).
One of the things that happens when I travel by RV is life tends to slow down and I have more time to read articles and books I don’t normally read. On this trip, I have focused on news about innovative new products, specifically in fields that may be over saturated, or there is the feeling that there is no room to innovate. I want to highlight three that caught my attention.
Guess what folks? I’M BACK! After a brief hiatus, the man with questionable grammar and curiously conversational writing style has returned.
I was stunned by a terrible commercial the other night. I couldn’t wrap my head around it and for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what they were selling or identify the company (even after extensive Googling). It fell into the realm of “weirdvertising” which is my made-up word for an ad where the content has nothing to do with the product whatsoever or just makes you pay attention with its sheer oddity. This… ‘thing’ got me pondering the good and bad in commercials or ad campaigns.
I had the good fortune to speak at the annual MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Dealers Association) Convention earlier this week. I want to share a few observations and things I learned:
An article in the Wall Street Journal this week caught my attention (“Top Fund Managers Want Better HR.”) The story discusses how large funds are beginning to engage boards and senior managers about what they are doing to effectively manage their human resources, an interesting change. When did you last see a line item for employee development/training in an annual report?
We know it is a bit early but seeing as we are not open for business Friday and most of our readers have checked out already because of Canada Day yesterday (HAPPY CANADA DAY!) or July 4th on Saturday, we wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July and a belated happy Canada day!
I have written before about the difference friendly staff make to the service experience. I am writing this from my local auto dealer to share just how it changes things.
I am not talking about me turning 25, as that happened many more years ago than I care to remember. Our company, The Daniel Group, started business 25 years ago this past September. We are having a celebration with our employees to mark the occasion.