Chef Laura: The corporate athlete

Although ColoradoBiz magazine strives to nourish your fiscal health more than your physical health, being fit has a direct correlation to your success in business.  I’m not saying you need to have the VO2 max of Shani Davis, but a new year begs the question: “Am I living to my full potential?” Ach…

Chef Laura: Nouveau traditions — Small biz Saturday

I like a good deal as much as the next person, but I’ll be damned if this chef is going to abandon poultry in the TDZ (Temperature Danger Zone) in exchange for a deep discount on electronics.  While folks are out shopping, I carefully wrap and refrigerate leftovers.  While others helicopter a Terr…

Chef Laura: Halloween humbug

Maybe it was the self-induced pressure to make this year even better than last year?  Maybe it was the barrage of costume mega-stores that pop up where a failed JCPenney’s used to stand?  Or maybe my glycemic index was sluggish and I just wasn’t feeling like myself?  Snickers, stat! Last night, wh…

Seven ways internet marketing is changing how we do business

Is your business prepared to meet the demands of digital marketing and online reputation management? Do you have the resources and talent to elevate your online advertising efforts into a more integrated, cross-channel marketing mix? While ROI and branding are still the cornerstones of marketing, new strategies have emerged that are critical to prolonged success: search engine optimization, pay-per-click and…

Chef Laura: Flawed to perfection

As we weave our career tapestries, let’s not beat ourselves up too much over the minutia.  There’s no need to advertise our flaws like the town crier.  And if someone notices a small imperfection in our work, tell ‘em the Tale of the Persian Rug.  It reminds ourselves that we are all human, not go…

Focus forward by working backward

A milestone birthday is in my immediate future.  Next week, I gain entry to the “fourth floor”. Like New Year’s Eve, birthdays are a good time for resolutions; except we don’t call them that.  Instead we pause for a moment, conjure up a wish, blow out a candle (or 40), and hope for the best. It se…

Best of CoBiz: Try a little showmanship

That winning “Sales Trifecta:” the right product, the right price and the right timing is no longer enough to ensure you get the business – much less keep it. So how do you rise above the competition when the old tools and techniques are no longer working? Why not turn to performers, the experts at engaging and persuading, and try…

Get a clue, win the game

 Across all industries, 25 percent of startups will fail in the first year. By the fourth year, it’s 50 percent. And the leading cause of failure?  Incompetence.  About 46 percent of firms go pear-shaped because leadership hasn’t a clue what they’re doing. More specifically, they suffer from at le…

Go nuts for donuts?

You can image my surprise when I moved to Denver a decade ago, did a location search for Dunkin’ Donuts and found – nada.  I expanded the radius to 100 miles and three blipped up in the Springs.  One homesick day, I drove to there and back just for an iced coffee.  True story.

Chef Laura: It’s hip to be Square

Selling gift wrap for a school fundraiser, and Grandma wants to write you a check?  Let her save her checks for the express lane at King Soopers and ask Meemaw for her plastic to pay for the paper. Hosting a yard sale this weekend?  Cash is still king for the ultimate in bartering, but accepting A…

Follow first — then lead

If you want to lead, you must first learn to follow. Ben Franklin said that. And if you want to be a corporal in the Marines, you have to be a private first. How about a famous chef? You’ll peel potatoes long before you’re the next Wolfgang Puck. And you’ll learn to wash dishes and make gravy for a Gordon…

Underperforming your potential? Time to change!

If you’ve ever led a meeting or given a presentation, put yourself in my place for this story. What would you do as the meeting facilitator? I was presenting to about 30 folks at a corporate retreat that combined a day of strategic planning with a day of confidence-building training. While teaching how to stop negative thoughts and replace them…

Stop breathing your own exhaust

I once heard a comedian say his brain was his favorite body part – but then he questioned the source of his thought. Breathing your own exhaust is dangerous. It has nothing to do with your car and everything to do with an isolated mind that starts believing it is your favorite body part and infallible. If it thinks it,…

The happy marriage of online and offline

In the midst of the paradigm shift toward tech and change, people crave the familiar – Sharpie markers, record players and cooking with friends. More and more brands are following suit by making what’s old new again to create real, lasting and personal connections. Many times, the deeper we venture online, the more our minds and bodies desire offline interaction. Here are some effective ways companies…

Building a better bug

I have a thing for Volkswagens. When I was in high school, my friend, John, tore out the backseat of his VW Beetle to put in two large speakers the size of tugboats. We cruised around listening to KC and The Sunshine Band (“That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh”), Pink Floyd and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This was…

How to create the perfect social media team

Social media can seem overwhelming. Let’s face it, if you are running a business, you are really busy running the business, right? Have you ever thought, “I just want someone else to do it for me!” You’re in luck. Just like other projects in your business you can train your staff to use social media to create relationships with your…

Tim Tebow: A true “Fearless Leader”

Tim Tebow’s six comeback wins in recent weeks for the Denver Broncos have been so incredibly improbable that some say it’s divine intervention (some seriously, others tongue in cheek). Not since the 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris “immaculate reception,” dubbed the greatest play in NFL history by NFL Films, have people so strongly suggested that divine intervention played a role…

Colorado success stories: Trada

Editor’s note: This is another in a series of Colorado company success stories as told by CEOs and business owners. In small and mid-size businesses (SMB), have you ever wondered what you could do if you had up to 2,000 highly trained paid search consultants available to work on your online sales ad campaign? How many more products or services…

A salesperson with a cause

David Sandler, Founder of Sandler Training asks, “What is your reason? Do you have a cause?” in his “No Guts, No Gain” training he developed many years ago. Steve Jobs asks this same question in this very short YouTube video. And finally, Lou Tice (The Pacific Institute) wrote a brief blog about passion: Okay, I have two questions for you. First,…

Getting it right with “Nothing Is Wrong”

DAWES Nothing is Wrong (ATO)L.A’s Dawes has picked up considerable buzz since the band’s 2009 debut, North Hills, getting tapped by Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne to serve as a backing band and earning the stripes that make them legitimate folk rock successors to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and worthy contemporaries to more eclectic acts like Wilco.On the band’s…