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What is Your Strategy?

“Have a vision, get a plan, and stay the course.” – Fredrick Hudson As professionals, we devote time and attention to what matters, and to those activities which will get us to where we want to go. Do you have a career strategy, or better yet, a life strategy? When you sit down and think …

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Larry Broughtons FLASHPOINTS

BROUGHTONadvisory.com If you are traveling with children, or are seated next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance. We’ve heard the safety presentation by the flight attendants regarding the use of oxygen masks should there be a sudden drop in cabin pressure. If we’re going to provide optimum, …

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OC Legal Buzz

Snowboarders Cross about the 14th Amendment

Just in time for the February 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, snow aficionados –of which I am one– will get a taste of Constitutional Law. It seems after decades of banning snowboarders, someone finally decided that Alta ski resort in Utah shouldn’t be so discriminatory. Despite there being about 15 other boarder-friendly resorts in the Salt …

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The Ethical Edge: inspiring Leaders of Integrity THE 7 NOBLE MOTIVATIONS© RUSSELL WILLIAMS Chief Inspirational Officer The Ethical Edge The Invitation I invite you to join with other Leaders of Integrity to receive the 7 Noble Motivations in your email box daily beginning Monday, January 6, 2014. What is The Purpose of the 7 Noble …

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Ethical Edge

The Ethical Edge: inspiring Leaders of Integrity ARE ALL THE HEROES GONE? An Advent Allegory For Leaders of Integrity RUSSELL WILLIAMS Chief Inspirational Officer The Ethical Edge Once from Beyond Time… The Voice from the Great Mountain reflected upon itself…asking What if…from within Myself…I created life in remembrance of my Voice? On a remote, celestial …

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OC Hospitality and You

ConnectOC: Taste of Marquee Event Thursday 10/17

Founded by a few Orange County Professionals in 2010, ConnectOC was devised as a portal of event hosting for authentic Orange County Networking. The mission of ConnectOC is to use social media to connect, socialize, network and contribute in meaningful ways to each other, the Orange County community as well as the local economy. In …

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Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Knowing When to Refocus Your Resources

Over the past year, Jennifer and I have had a lot of fun sharing our insights and experiences. We hope it has helped other small business owners along the way.  We have covered topics such as: maintaining a positive environment in the workplace, employee retention, and client satisfaction. It has been a great ride, but …

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The Postmodern Executive

What Can Duck Dynasty Teach Us About Innovation in Family Owned Businesses?

  Recently I stumbled upon the popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty. Now I am not from the south, I have never been hunting, and I am certainly not a “redneck,” but the adventures of the Robertson clan, who became wealthy from their family-operated business Duck Commander, had me hooked fifteen minutes into my first …

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The Fit Executive

Play Enhances Stress Management and Performance

Lots of studies show that you perform better when you are happy and that play is actually a form of stress management. No surprise, right? If you look back historically, you’ll see that playtime has long been in the mix, dating back to the primal ages. Playtime increases testosterone – even if all you’re doing …

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Blue Moon

Tonight’s Blue Moon is the last one until 2015, and it was a spectacular sight. Seen over Dana Point and Doheny State Beach, Laura Bloom, OC Daily Photo at OCMetro.com. Find me on Instagram @suburbancrafty .

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OC Day Tripper

Avalon at 100: Catalina Island

One of my favorite places is celebrating a very important birthday. The City of Avalon on Catalina Island is turning 100 this year, and residents are marking the occasion with a summer full of travel specials and festivities.   The picturesque village of Avalon is one of Southern California’s most popular destinations with over one …

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The Sales Advantage

What End Of The Banana Are You Holding?

I recently watched a colleague demonstrate the easy way to peel a banana. While most of us here in the United States peel a banana from the stem, the proper and more efficient way is to start by pinching the other end, and peeling back, just like you may have seen a monkey do it …

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Branding Matters

Tips For The Best Brand Exposure on Social Media

As business owners, entrepreneurs or active bloggers we all want to find the best way to get the most exposure for our brand when using social media. When wrapped up in the day-to-day, it can be very easy to skip a step when promoting the latest blog, video or press release. Here are a few steps you …

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OC Latino Movers & Shakers

OCHCC to honor Business and Community Leaders with Estrella Awards

The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (OCHCC) hosts the Estrella Awards every year to continue assisting the Hispanic business community and to recognize the outstanding contributions in the fields of business, community and education. Representatives and community leaders from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties attend this event and support the Chamber’s …

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Tek Tips and Talk

Tek Tips and Talk: How to Prepare for the Next 10 Years

As I’ve discussed, this past November marked Tekcetera’s 10-year anniversary. Once a business hits a milestone such as this, many people start to ask: what’s next? It’s equally important for businesses’ short-term and long-term goals to be discussed and mapped out. As a business owner and leader, I’ve always thought big picture. Not just what …

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How Its Done

Introducing the new “Most Interesting Man in the World” Tim Ferriss

Ask a question or join the conversation or let us know what you think! Introducing the new “Most Interesting Man in the World” best-selling author, angel investor and life-hacker Tim Ferriss. Don’t know him? You might know Tim from his growing 4-Hour “doing something cool” franchise: The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Body and now…wait …

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Are Key Messages Locking You Out?

During the recent roll out of new products for the holidays, I observed various company spokespeople and executives on television and in print describing their new offerings. Who delivered the best answers and insights bemused me. If I had to assign a grade I would give most of them a C-to-D average. This is not …

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What Frogger Taught Me About
Business Success

The ancient poet Virgil once said, “Fortune sides with him who dares.” I can’t help but imagine he was talking about playing video games. The risks were high in the 80’s: constant risk of radiation poisoning from sitting inches away from a 13’ Zenith, or the threat of carpel tunnel after gripping a controller for …

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Creative Cause

Creative Halloween Swap

One of the biggest Halloween thrills for kids (and some adults) is seeing how much candy they can collect. I’m getting a sugar high just thinking about it. This year, some Orange County families are actually willing to part with the likes of Butterfinger, Reese’s, Whoppers and my personal favorite, Sour Straws in support of …

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Sports Supremacy

The New-Look Lakers

With the new NBA season approaching, Southern Californians have much to be excited about. This upcoming season has as much promise as any other Laker season. After and early exit from last season’s playoffs and a long off-season the Lakers pulled of enough big moves to have the picked as the favorites. Dwight Howard, Steve …

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Adventures in New Media

Learn from Social Media Experts at Explore OC

For the first time Explore OC will be coming to town for a two-day conference that will bring together some of the top thinkers and influencers in the world of social media marketing.  Hosted by Social Media Explorer’s Jason Falls the conference promises to get down and dirty into the business of social media. This …

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Make your writing ‘sensational’

What’s the difference between sensation and perception? And why, as a writer, should you even give a hoot? “Sensation” refers to the assimilation of the “raw” sensory elements that we take from the world around us. With our sense of sight, for example, images are detected by the rods and cones on our retinas and …

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OC Honors it’s Culinary Scene with the Golden Foodie Awards

On Sunday night Orange County’s finest restaurants, chefs and food lovers gathered together for the first annual Golden Foodie Awards. This red carpet event, held at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel was full of glitz, glamour and gorgeous gourmets. Finally a “peoples choice” award ceremony to honor the incredible food scene that Orange County has …

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The Bottom Line

Dispatches From The Road: A Tale of Two Countries

Fourth in a series of reports from the Eastern Mediterranean By Churm Media CEO and OC METRO Publisher Steve Churm   ISTANBUL, Turkey – It has been three decades since I was in this wedge of the world. Returning to Greece and visiting western Turkey for the first time has deepened my understanding of the …

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Are you a problem or an answer?

It’s a motto I have using for years. When people would ask me relationship advice, or career advice, or even ‘should I write this book?’ advice (FYI people just ask me everything )….It was always part of the conversation. Be an answer. Not a problem. We all want to be desirable. Popular. Successful. Valued. Admired. Loved. To achieve any …

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Meet and Greet

Not business as usual: Meet 370 Common Kitchen + Drink

Have you hit this new Laguna Beach hot spot? It’s new in town, owned by Chef Ryan Adams and is a great, laid-back, approachable eatery for a client dinner. There is also a private dining space in their upstairs Whiskey Room for up to 8 guests. I met up with Chef Ryan to get to know …

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Wobwire

Your vote will help create jobs

Quick blog post here. I’m asking you to support a woman-owned company in its pursuit of a grant: Los Kitos Produce.

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OC Tech Talk

Advantages and Disadvantages to Off-Shoring Software Development

Off-shore vs on-shore development Some clarifying questions come to mind. Do you have the right kind of vendor and engagement model? Do you have the proper level of talent on the team that is able to collaborate with you? From the sound of your question, I would guess the answer may be no to both …

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Dunn & Done

Millions, Billions, Gazillions: But where are the reforms and innovations?

Have you noticed? Everyone’s asking for more taxpayer funding. For education, Sacramento majority leadership wants voters to approve a seven year tax increase of “billions” in new funding, yet it may not really fund education per se but general state government; a competing, private ballot measure seeks “billions” for the classroom under a status quo …

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5 Facebook Posting Pet Peeves

Aside from the typical grammar pet peeves, like the proper use of “their, there and they’re,” I have a few peevable moments for Facebook including the most preferable ways to post as a brand page. Rather than a rant, this list of top five should be viewed as quick tips to make the most pristine …

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the Amuse(d) Bouche

Cooking at Home in Paris

As much as we like to eat out, you just can’t do that all the time and keep your girlish figure…so, as a rule, we generally cook at home about 50% of our meals.    The food shopping spree left us with enough food for all of our breakfasts, a couple of lunches and a couple …

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Going Postal

I had one of those notices from the IRS saying they wanted something.  It doesn’t take AP Chemistry to know you respond to those letters.  I wasn’t home when the super serious ‘you must respond or else we will take your kidney and leave you in a bath tub filled with ice’ letter arrived so …

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A Meeting of the Mindless

Not much gets done by committee. There are a thousand pull quotes I could insert to reinforce: “A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary,” “A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.,” Muddle is the extra, unknown personality in any committee.” But, there …

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Customer Focus

Customers Will Pay a Premium for an Extraordinary Experience

A couple of years ago Volkswagen Sweden performed an experiment to prove a theory. The theory is: if you make something fun, you can get people to change their behavior. The company took a subway station where most people take the escalator and outfitted the stairs to look and act like giant piano keys. The …

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Being Green at Work

Years ago, most companies were on the band wagon on being green. From making automatic lighting adjustments in bathrooms, kitchens and warehouse’s to putting recycle bins by all trash bins.  The wall switch you see around are these and are priced fairly reasonable. Have you noticed your company make any of these changes? If so, they …

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How will you give back in 2012?

As we head in to a new year, many of us are pausing to reflect on the past and plan for the future. While we look around ourselves during this truly historic and economically unstable moment in time, what plans are we making, both as individuals and as businesses in Orange County, to help those …

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