Yogi business

Stressed much? The over-caffeinated, always-on culture of today’s corporate America means a deep, relaxing breath is about as rare as that two week island vacation of your dreams. So how does one relax and focus amidst the office hustle and bustle? It’s an age-old practice and reaping its benefits is

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Let’s Talk Leadership

I’m still somewhat new to the world of management. While I’ve always been a leader in terms of nature and personality, I’ve only gotten the professional title change that denotes a leadership role in the last few years. I’ve spent my whole life marching to the beat of my own drum.

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Be Manly: Use Your Gut

A truly visceral choice, one made on gut instincts and not empirical data is a rare thing these days. Innumerable inputs, analytics, and BIG data are informing decisions in ways never before imagined. Innumerable inputs, analytics, and BIG data have turned that cornucopia of insight—your gut—into a whimpering puppy, just

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Organizational Tips From a Closet Type A

Organizational skills: We all have our systems. Personally, I’m a three-steps-ahead planner and an avid list maker. I wouldn’t call myself Type A, but I’m close. I’m always thinking about time management, efficient multitasking and productivity, and reminding myself not to get impatient with delays. Maybe I should label myself

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Making it click: Photography and your brand story

When it comes to photography, marketers face the decision: Create an image or buy one from a stock photo house? It’s a tough choice. There are thousands of sites offering millions of stock photos in every imaginable genre. And everywhere people are taking pictures on their smartphones, point-and-shoot cameras, or

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We All Love Memphis

Can you say that 20 or even 10 years ago Memphis had the kind of pride you see today? If so, how much of it? In honesty, I can’t answer those questions. What I can say is that after initiatives such as the Memphis Manifesto, I Love Memphis Blog, and

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Adopting a sketching mindset

Problem solving through creative experimentation   We’ve all been there. Up late—or early, depending on just how late you were up—on your fourth cup of coffee, grinding your teeth, all your hair pulled out of your head, trying desperately to nail down those last little details of [insert project here],

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Having lunch with two guys not named McDonald

It was Good Friday, and I was having a great lunch with two co-workers at a wonderful downtown Memphis restaurant when a funny and interesting conversation ensued. While waiting for our food, each of us shared thoughts and stories about everything from raising chickens, to grain-fed beef and where to

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Choosing your corporate color—BEWARE!

You’ve been working on your company’s logo design for some time. Now you’re at the finish line; all you need is the perfect color to represent your company. You work through which color works best from a strategic, competitive, and conceptual standpoint, but don’t stop there. It’s at this point

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Does your B2B brand have visual energy?

So, we all know at some level that a brand’s visual identity, its look and feel, is made up of more than just its logo. There are many components that make up its personality. Once you have a personality, then you apply it to the many elements that your public

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