I smile every time I use the expression "Putting lipstick on a pig". The idea of making a swine more attractive by simply slapping on some makeup tickles my funny bone. It is laughable and yet, how often do you see businesses using the same strategy? ..
As a general rule I do not condone giving your talent or your ideas away for free BUT...(Important mental note: the word 'but', effectively means 'disregard everything I said before I used the word but because this is what I really want to say...') giving away free stuff can be one of the smartest business decisions you ever make - just ask the team from Monty Python. ..
Any creative business, (in fact any business) needs inspiration. It may be inspiration to motivate yourself, or inspiration to re-engage your team, or perhaps inspiration to push your business through to the next level. Whatever the goal, Inspiration is the fuel that feeds the flames of progress and energises the soul. ..
Let's step away from our computers for a moment and go for a quick, imaginary walk. Go anywhere you like, the shops, a park, a restaurant - anywhere. When you arrive, take a look around. I'll wager you can't go a 100 metres without running into someone using a mobile device of some kind.I'll even go one better. I'll bet about 9 out of every 10 people you see have a mobile device tucked away somewhere. ..
I read with interest an article in the Sydney Morning Herald a few weeks ago about how Roger Federer is a champion in more ways than one. It seems Federer has been instrumental in changing the 'superb brat' image of professional tennis to one of humility and sportsmanship. ..