Category: The Boss
On March 1, Pivot turned 10. The big 1-0. During that time, there have been a lot of joys for owner Jenn Hoffman, but a lot of challenges, too. Here, Jenn reflects on how she learned to make time for personal goals, health, and happiness while being a small business owner.
"Kim Kardashian is worshiped, and Hilary Clinton is hated. When you have these expectations you tend to have fewer women pushing past it."
While after hours exercise is obviously a great way to release all those difficult meetings or strenuous phone calls, the main point here is the word “after.” What about during? How can we keep ourselves from taking to the streets screaming when stress piles up? Local yoga guru Alyssa Pfenning enlightens me to the positives of yoga for the workplace.
Good or even great marketing can only go so far. You need a strong sales or development team to get prospects to the finish line. Brian Kavicky is a partner and sales trainer at Lushin, a Sandler Sales Training group here in Indy. We asked him to share some insights on understanding prospect behavior, which as you’ll see isn’t only useful in sales meetings. Any writer or designer who has presented their work to a client can learn something from Brian’s advice; just change “buying signals” to “creative feedback,” and you’ll see what we mean.
Being an outsider can be a choice, and a positive one at that. There is something to be said about seeking out opportunities to live as an outsider, because when you’re an outsider, there are fewer expectations, and there’s an immense freedom in that. It allows you to recreate yourself, to surprise people, or to fail without guilt, scrutiny, and consequences.
For the past few months, I've been following @leeclowsbeard, a particularly poignant Twitter account that claims to be crumbs of wisdom caught in the beard of advertising giant Lee Clow. The account is, in fact, not Lee Clow. Nor is it his beard. It is the brainchild of Jason Fox, the executive creative director of Webster in Omaha. And when Jason connected with me on LinkedIn last month, I decided to con him into taking part in an interview.
This July, the Pivoteers sojourned to Tyner Pond Farm east of Greenfield. It was our first retreat.
Bicycle advocacy is personal to Kevin Whited. Between bicycling racing and going to get groceries, he has logged 1,000s of miles on his bike over the past 15 years. From his bicycle seat, he has seen first hand the need to educate drivers and cyclists on how to share the road and how to get along.
For John McKenzie, discovering purpose is a little bit like studying a tool in order to find out what it should be used for. It’s a matter of identifying its strengths and weakness, of finding out its common uses and trying out new ones. We talked with John this week about what advice he has for professionals and businesses pursuing purpose and how climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one way of doing it.
It would be impractical for Kirsten VantWoud to wear a suit to work. Her dark jeans and bright-colored shirt are reflective of the office atmosphere: professional, bright, and active. Even with 50,000 hours worth of help from volunteers this year, it’s still necessary for her to be hands-on with cats and dogs all day long. No one needs a good suit to wrestle with a puppy. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.