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Food Biz Stories Needed — are you scaling up in the food industry? My next Fortune column is examining this industry – more info below, but first…
How Southwest Airlines Hires Such Dedicated People — Receiving a job application every two seconds, Southwest has the luxury of having to hire only 2% of all job applicants. And Southwest hires based on values, not skills. My favorite paragraph from the recent HBR article:
The first attribute aligns with Jim Collins' notion that you must first hire for "will." So in order, we suggest you hire based on:
It's a very short HBR article, worth 2 minutes to peruse for a few more key ideas.
Great Question for Getting a Bunch of Customers — I love great questions and this is one of the best, posed by Andrew Davis, author of Brandscaping – "Who has your next customer as their current customer?" (best if you re-read it out loud – I'm serious). In my 4 minute interview with Davis at the Growth Summit, he describes how to think about this question and what to do next once you've identified the companies/organizations/people that already have a strong relationship with a big chunk of your potential customers. One strategy is to partner with them – building your brand by leveraging theirs (like our relationship with Fortune). Take a few minutes to watch the interview then read Davis's book to leverage an important strategy in building your customer base.
Addicted To Distraction — Tony Schwartz, renowned human performance guru and head of the Energy Project (like is about energy management more than time management), wrote a very personal Op Ed in the NY Times about internet addiction and how it destroys one's ability to concentrate and focus. Notes Schwartz:
Take 3 minutes to read about Tony's own battle and how he's overcoming it and reclaiming his brain – if you can focus long enough to read the article!
Master Newsjacking — David Meerman Scott has spoken at several of our Growth Summits around the world. In his presentations one of the most memorable marketing strategies is Newsjacking: the art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story to generate tons of media coverage, get sales leads, and grow business. David just launched a new online course titled "Master Newsjacking!" The course will teach you how to:
And besides all that, there's a bonus: Newsjacking is fun! I've done it several times, most recently in Australia, and it works brilliantly. Here's a link to learn more about this important and inexpensive marketing tool.
This Video Explains "Rocks" — The Stephen Covey video that demos his famous "rock" analogy of doing the most important things first each day/week is grainy and often hard to find. This 5 minute video by The Art of Manliness does the best job I've seen – worth showing to all new employees at their orientation/training program. And I suggest everyone watch it as a great reminder of the importance of setting a few priorities and working on them first, not last!
Food Biz Stories — The food business has a notoriously high failure rate. For my next Fortune column, I'm looking at how entrepreneurs are beating the odds in this industry and succeeding. What surprising and counter-intuitive strategies have you used to differentiate yourself and create staying power–besides offering a great product? I'm looking for entrepreneurs in businesses from restaurants to food manufacturing. Please include the name of your business, the city where it is located, your annual revenue, your number of employees and the strategies that have helped you build a profitable, fast-growing business. Email me directly at [email protected] – thank you.
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