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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
This NFL broadcast is being watched by military personnel serving in over 175 countries. Some Sundays I, like a few other million Americans watch NFL. I did it again this past Sunday while I was doing some work. As I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Beginning today, we will be enacting a number of organizational changes at ESPN to better support our future goals – a process that will include the elimination of a number of positions, impacting friends and colleagues across the organization. via... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 4, 2015 at Zane Safrit
5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time lay on my kitchen table, watching and waiting. I'd glance over at it while I read fiction and non-fiction and who knows which is which when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Zane Safrit
A weak stock market isn’t stopping buybacks. A report this week from S&P Capital IQ found that dividends and buybacks are on trend to hit a new high this year. And that’s after years of increases. For the past decade,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Zane Safrit
If the global economy slows down further and if revenues and earnings get dragged down with it, all of which are now part of the scenario, these highly leveraged balance sheets will further pressure already iffy earnings, and investors will... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 19, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Dearly beloved, we’re gathered here to honor a true hero whose potential was cut down by the long knives and long tongues of the indifferent, slcerotic, top-down, hierarchical command-and-control cultures it hoped to transform and save. Despite overwhelming resistance from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Zane Safrit
I heard that the other night. The person saying it didn’t say it as an apology. They bragged about it, as if they were too busy, too smart, knew it all. The person saying it leads a company who once... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace. I-I-I-I LIKE this book! As I wrote earlier in the introduction to part one of the author’s interview I liked it for all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Zane Safrit
I’ve been an avid runner for the past 20+ years. When I was younger, I practiced loads of training regimens with intervals and distance and tempo and HIIT and hills and fartleks and weights and all that. They worked. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Right now, I'm running 2.5 hours on the weekend. It's known as a LSD run, Long-Slow Distance. I call it my Ol' Man Shuffle. I've got the slow part down real good. I'm working on the Long part. I've come... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace. Yesterday I posted Part 1 of this interview. Go back and read it, then come here. I also gave my one-word review, Excellent,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace arrived in the mail the other day. I'd already decided, from the initial pitch, that I'd like the book. ( Why wait for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Zane Safrit
"There's a paradox at the heart of productivity — while longer hours seem to be the obvious solution for those who want to accomplish more, working less often means getting more done. A town in Sweden recently conducted a real-world... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 7, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Fear divides and weakens. It divides the mind and heart of the person who fears. It creates a chasm of trust with those around them, their environment too. Always has, always will. There will be fear in the future and... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 6, 2015 at Zane Safrit
"This all comes at cost. That is, you can’t simply keep leveraging the balance sheet to artificially inflate earnings. Eventually, some of the proceeds from debt sales need to go towards capex or wage growth or something that’s conducive to... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 30, 2015 at Zane Safrit
There’s nothing we media types like more than talking about ourselves. So it’s not surprising that the debate around ad blocking, which took center stage in tech media this week after Apple’s iOS 9 update, continued to rage into the... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 23, 2015 at Zane Safrit
This is the second step, chapter, in my next book on employee engagement. It's titled: Now Engage Your Team. ( October, 2015). The first step is Close and Open, Open and Close. It's a sequel to my earlier book: First,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Zane Safrit
This is the first step, chapter, in my next book on employee engagement. It's titled: Now Engage Your Team. ( October, 2015) It's a sequel to my earlier book: First, Engage Yourself which you can buy as a PDF at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Zane Safrit
You’re not alone. You think you are, sitting in your cubicle, handling call after call, navigating through a maze of dystopian, nonsensical policies and scripts. But you’re not. Your numbers are legion. And, Ree Miller , has captured your Lord... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Zane Safrit
There’s an ongoing brouhaha over annual employee reviews. Are they useful? If not how can we change them? Who should conduct them? What sorta training is needed? Should we call them something else - give ‘em a new buzzword and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Zane Safrit
How to compose a successful critical commentary: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way. You should list any points of... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 16, 2015 at Zane Safrit
"Taking this to another level, teaching in general is a great way to learn to help others and feel the joy that comes from that. If you can put your kids in situations where they are helping others, you are... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 15, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Jeanne Bliss's Chief Customer Officer 2.0 - How to Build Your Customer-Driven Growth Engine has sat at the top of the books stacked on my desk for over a month. Waiting. Patiently. No, not for me to read it. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Zane Safrit
Executives have a choice in how they run their operations. They can run them in a way that uses people as interchangeable parts. Or they can run them in a way that leverages a skilled, capable, motivated workforce. Both ways... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 10, 2015 at Zane Safrit
[Larry] Merlo at CVS received salary, cash bonus and equity worth $32.4 million in 2014, a filing shows. The Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based company had more than 217,000 employees last year in 7,800 retail pharmacies and 900 walk-in medical clinics, according... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 3, 2015 at Zane Safrit