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Catching People Doing Things Right is Smart, but Less Fun than Catching People Doing Things Wrong

With a new football season well under way, I thought people might enjoy this blast from the past: We all know that “catching people doing things right” and recognizing their good work is a tactic of a winning manager. Doing

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“I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please” – An Innovation Message from Monty Python

Recently Inc. magazine ran a clever article by Jeff Hayden, The Monty Python Guide to Running a Business, spinning business lessons for entrepreneurs from classic sketches by Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the iconic British comedy team. As a longtime Python

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Posted in Innovation, Interpersonal Skills

The “Door of Success” Opens Both Outward and Inward

I came across a success quote on Twitter invoking a door metaphor that I couldn’t, um, “unlock” the point of. Fellow Bentley University alum and sales operations blogger Marci Reynolds re-tweeted the quote in question: I like quotes but I

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Innovative Companies Don’t Have Employee “Sediment”

I got a chuckle from Sandy Kemsley’s tweet that noting someone’s Yogi Berra-style gaffe clearly intended to comment on employee sentiment analysis. It’s an important type of text analytics to analyze and discover “business signals” buried within online reviews, surveys,

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Product Managers and Marketers: Ever Feel Like You’re Being Treated Like “The Fighter”?

Or: When Leadership Squanders its Innovative Workers My wife and I watched The Fighter (2010) right after it came out on DVD. It’s an exceptional movie based on the true story of Micky Ward, a professional boxer from Lowell, Mass.

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Posted in Books, Innovation, Interpersonal Skills, Product Management, Product Marketing

The Impact of Imagination Level on Product Marketers and Managers

With thanks to a tweet by Donald Farmer, I recently came across an impressive graphic representation of the increasing degrees of human imagination. Brennan’s Hierarchy of Imagination was designed by John Maeda based on his conversation with Patti Brennan of the University of

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Posted in Interpersonal Skills, Product Management, Product Marketing

Today’s “New Rules” Marketing Organizations Run Like Winning Football Teams

I recently read a great Ad Age article by Chris Kuenne, Four [Marketing] Talent Categories You Need to Win in a Connected World.  Recognizing that many marketing organizations still cling to discredited, “old school” marketing and PR, Chris Kuenne provided

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Posted in Interpersonal Skills, Marketing, Product Marketing

“Everything I Know About Business (and Life) I Learned From…Poker? Or Maybe Slaying Dragons…?

Quick! Think of a subject; any subject. Now think of any kind of game/pastime/hobby. Got it? You’ve just completed a Mad Lib: Everything I know about   [subject] I learned from  [game/etc.] . You just might have a new best-selling book (or at least a blog post) topic

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Posted in Innovation, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Branding, Product Marketing

Dale Carnegie: The World’s First Blogger! (Or: In Praise of Conversational Writing)

November marked Dale Carnegie’s birthday (November 21, 1888) and also the anniversary of his death (November 1, 1955). While recently browsing the bookstore, I saw Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People alongside another familiar book, The 7 Habits of

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Poor Communication can Scuttle Effective BI, Your Reputation, and a Simple Bus Ride

Several years ago I flew to and from a trade show via TF Green Airport in Providence, RI instead of Boston Logan Airport as usual.  This small airport has (or at least had at the time) one large economy parking

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Posted in Books, Business Intelligence, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Branding
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Mike Urbonas

Mike Urbonas

I create and deliver strong product positioning, messaging and sales enablement that drives sales leads and revenue. I strongly believe in the power of enterprise information platforms, big data analytics and business intelligence to help transform an organization.

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