Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

Imagination is better than knowledge. Part 3

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Changing core competencies
While there is value in concentrating on existing core competencies when they serve the market and the mission, new core competencies will be needed when there is change in market or mission. (more…)

Imagination is better than knowledge. Part 2

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

A theory of the business is based on assumptions — the stuff of imagination. (Of course assumptions should be as realistic and as specific as possible, but they are about the future, of which no one has knowledge.) (more…)

Imagination is better than knowledge. Part 1

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

You may be securely leading your market, but are you falling behind yourself?

“Attaining one’s objectives … is not cause for celebration, it is cause for new thinking.” Peter Drucker included this advice in his 31st article for Harvard Business Review, last fall. Of course, one who is falling short of business objectives will already be aware of the need to do some rethinking. (more…)

Introducing … Art!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

New art materials can be a source of great excitement. Regardless of age, people want to enjoy and learn from the experience. How do you introduce a new art medium to children or even to yourself? (more…)

Pencil Holder

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Activity: Pencil Holder

What you’ll need:
Thread cone (from clothing factory) or posterboard cone
White glue
3″ x 3″ tri-wall cardboard base
Utility knife
Permanent markers (more…)

Out with smarty-pants, in with experts

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

While DeRose says he’s normally given to expansive visions of the company’s future, nowadays he’s focusing near-term. In addition to the company’s journey to a Nasdaq listing, that boils down to one word: Growth. “In the next three to five years, we want to build a list of thousands of clients,” he says.


Should You Have an AED in Your Facility

Monday, January 16th, 2012

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, can save the life of someone in your fitness facility, but most health centers don’t have one. They cite either the cost of the device (price varies by make and mode; most cost around $3,500), the time and cost of training, or simply lack of knowledge about what it is and how it can save a life. This trend is changing, however, and more fitness facilities are deciding to have an AED at their facility. I spoke to two facilities that currently have one, one of which actually used the device to save the life of a member. (more…)

A Need for Speed

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Like all new technologies, the Internet was derived primarily as a mode of quick and efficient communication. This need for speed is not lost on the fitness industry whose dues-paying members expect the club to not only be equipped with the “latest and greatest,” but that it be up and running and ready to be put to exercise use. (more…)

Linux opens door to low-cost, easy-to-use devices

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

We know the cost of computer technology has dropped precipitously over the past few decades. We hear this point made at conferences. Speakers observe that if cars had experienced the same technological progress as computers in the past two decades, they would travel thousands of kilometres on a litre of gas, boast 40,000 horsepower and cost less than $500.


Hi-tech Video. Part 3

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

To top it all off, I’m making the videos that I produce available via my Web site: I’ve got several dozen videos available in a variety of formats, which people can access on demand. Not only that, but I’ve established what I’ve come to call jimcarroll-tv: it’s a continuous, 24-hour a day transmission of a random sampling of speech topics and videos that I’ve produced.