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Zane Safrit
I can help your company create customer evangelists, engaged employees and sustain or increase the positive cash-flows that result.
Interests: Small business solutions, networking in-person or with online social media, innovation, engaged employees, customer evangelists, college basketball, running.
Recent Activity
Every so often I like to raise my head up and look around my surroundings. It's always interesting what I find, sometimes inspiring and causing me to hope. Other times, not so much. Here's one of those 'not so much'... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Zane Safrit
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Christmas came early for me this year when a copy of Rodd Wagner's book widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People arrived unexpected in my p.o. box. (Yes, widgets is all lower case.)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Zane Safrit
I came across this post the other day from Fast Company titled The New Rules of Work. Fast Company always posts great content and like most posts at Fast Company, there's a breathless excitement to this title. The New Rules... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Zane Safrit
What’s your motivation to keep going until you reach that huge break? I’m so driven, and I believe in what I do so much. I picked what I do because it was the thing I was willing to make mistakes... Continue reading
Reblogged May 18, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Should is how other people want us to live our lives… Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives. - via The Crossroads of Should and Must: An Intelligent Illustrated Field Guide to Finding Your Bliss... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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So. Rules are there for a reason. But sometimes there's a good reason to ignore the rule and step forward, boldly, where you've been reluctant to step. One rule I have is I never review a book until I've read... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Back in the day, 1992, Bill Clinton ran for President. His campaign manager, the acerbic and often-right James Carville, helped focus Bill's wandering attention with these three words scribbled on a white board: The economy, stupid. We should take the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Zane Safrit
If you had to pick one quality that someone needs to possess, what would that be?” someone recently asked me. After I was forced to give just one answer, I said, “If I had to pick just one quality, it... Continue reading
Reblogged May 11, 2015 at Zane Safrit
I gave a webinar two weeks ago on employee engagement: 10 Reasons Why, 10 Ways How. It wasn't my best sermon on the topic, but I found my rhythm about ten minutes into it. One theme in the handful of... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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I saw this tweet the other day: I'm a fan of both Branson and Mandela. I've always been a fan of leaders and their stories. Biographies were my favorite category of books for much of my life. Their lives, struggles... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Zane Safrit
As organizations grow, many leaders find silos start to become a major cultural challenge. According to Investopedia, a silo mentality is an attitude that occurs when several departments or groups don’t want to share information or knowledge with other individuals... Continue reading
Reblogged May 4, 2015 at Zane Safrit
I've had good runs the last week. 5-mile Tempo, intervals and LSD (long slow distance). 5-Mile Tempo Run - Hills, 1/4 to 1/2 mile long, mark almost four of this route's five-mile route. I know, I know ... Iowa, hills.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Ben Franklin got this one right, too. The title for this post, as most of them are here, is a reminder for me, too. Recognize the precious quality of time in your employees’ day and you recognize the precious quality... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Simplify their day Seems pretty simple. Simple does not mean simplistic. Simple means focused, one-pointed, clear. Simple means aligned goals: personal > team > department > organization. Simplifying a day means: removing obstacles. serving as a buffer, a barrier, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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With social media, all day every day is prime-time. The public, your customers and prospects and future employees, can watch all day, any day and any time. Your power is what you offer them to see, read and hear. Why... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Repurpose. That's an odd word. It's the digital media's equivalent of serving leftovers: Hey, they're still good, maybe better after a day or two. Don't waste 'em. Don't. Don't waste a customer's testimonial by sharing it once and then tossing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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A few days ago I encouraged you to Champion the Gate-Keepers, the Routine-Makers. They provide the foundation, the operating efficiencies, that supply the positive cash-flow to fuel your growth, to move into new markets, fund your R&D, test new markets... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Zane Safrit
If you’re looking for solutions for this ‘engagement’ thing and how to use those tools like Twitter and blogs and YouTube, etc., etal. this is your lucky day. I have one for you*. It’s Charlene Li’s latest book The Engaged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Kids today. I’m not a parent and I haven’t stayed at a Holiday Inn Express but once and that was over a decade ago. And still, I’ve sat at dinner tables where children, even adults, turn their noses up at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Zane Safrit
My friend Peter introduced me to this phrase: blue-collar run. I’ll use it in a sentence for the non-runners. Friend: How’s your run? Me: Z’ok. A blue-collar run. Got it done. It means I got the ‘work’ done, nothing special.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Zane Safrit
What if those you work with are engaged with the multiple levels of hierarchy (bureaucracy) you created to distance yourself from their daily needs, issues, ideas and energy and enthusiasm and pissed-offedness? What if they are engaged with a strategy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Recognize the unsung, unseen, unheard heroes of the “night shift.” The night shift is any shift, any team, any area of your company who toils in ignominy. Unrecognized. Unheralded. (Okay, for some companies and cultures that's everyone ... but for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Buzzword bingo in business today is populated with words like these ... change, innovation and disruption. Rightfully so, to some extent, as every facet of our life faces unprecedented pressures from global competition, economic and social upheavals, the rapid access... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Seems obvious, doesn’t it? This is so obvious I wonder why, as CEO, I needed four or five years of saying Thank you to those around me before I understood that my Thank you would have more meaning if I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Zane Safrit
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Have you ever heard anyone or any organization say they live by this rule: I/We achieve more when the workday and colleagues' lives are made miserable by absurd policies, a strategy I don't know, out-of-date equipment, training - what's that,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Zane Safrit