Every year, Pantone offers its "Color of the Year" and this year it is the pleasingly purplish "Radiant Orchid". We tossed it over to TinEye to grab up some images from Flickr to celebrate the year of the Radiant Orchid.
You are only ONE great idea away from breakthrough!
Every day you face decisions about your business. Quite often, you go home at night still mulling over challenges you aren't sure how to overcome... as well as mourning the lost opportunities that got away while you were putting out daily fires. Each year on January 1st, do you say to yourself, "Where did the previous year go?"
Getting Over The Hump workshops will help you articulate and prioritize what should be addressed first. You will learn simple-to-implement tactics that help you mobilize your team to consistently and proactively address what is most important...instead of only what is most urgent.
Session 1 for Leaders, Managers and Owners and teams
In just one morning, you (and your team) will be equipped with several practical, useful techniques including:
- Simple strategies for capitalizing on new profitable business opportunities
- Easy ways to align your teams
- Powerful tools for addressing internal team conflict
- Clear priorities for creating marketing strategies that book business and increase customer referrals
Recieve the article "Dealing With Difficult Divas in the Workplace" when you register!
Session 2 Personal(ity) VIBE
High performing teams are made up of high-performing individuals. It all starts with Personal Vibe. Before employees can interact effectively, they must clearly understand not only how they are wired, but how their personality impacts their co-workers.
Join us with your team from 12:30-2:30pm and your staff will benefit from a highly interactive, high energy workshop that will transform your company's cluture by learning:
- Simple ways to idnetify personalities (great for sales and supervisors)
- the strengths and weaknesses of each type (Emotional Maturity)
- The primary emotion that drives how people make decisions.
The immediate results you will see:
- Better collaboration and communication among team members
- Dramatic reduction in persoonal tensions
- Enhanced appreciation of each members' natural strengths
- Increased peer-to-peer accountability
- Better communication, collaboration and connection in workplace interactions.
Upon registration, each attendee will rec eive a link to take a 15 minute on-line Personal Vibe Assessment. For groups registering five or more employees, a grid indicating the result of each team member's personality will be provided at no-extra charge! ($149.00 value)
THURSDAY, JAN 31, 2013
Check in: 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
BISHOP RANCH CONFERENCE CENTER
2623 Camino Ramon, Suite 175
San Ramon, CA 94583
Morning Session: $39
Afternoon Session: Personal Vibe $79 (Includes lunch)
Both Sessions: $99 (Includes lunch)
Your speakers for the day are:
Jody Bagno-Dill, CEO and Partner of Jazz Business Consulting
Jody's area of expertise comes from working as a second set of hands to executives and business owners to create and implement strategies for growth. With a background in management, marketing and sales, Jody has had the privilege of serving clients such as John Muir Health, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Infineon Raceway, Heffernan Insurance, Payroll Systems and UC Davis.
Jody will be speaking on Building Great Vibe and Personal(ity)Vibe by creating clarity within your organization, as well as simple ways to develop and mobilize a highly productive and healthy team.
For more information on Jody, go to www.JazzBC.com
Imelda Alejandrino, Partner + CEO+ Creative Director of AP42
Imelda Alejandrino brings you over 20 years of producing result-driven and award-winning work as both an art director and creative director. Her innovative designs as well as her strategic approach to branding has enabled her to develop successful relations with a veritable Who's Who of leading brands: LeapFrog, Roche, Puritan Bennett, Genesys, Alcatel Lucent, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Jelly Bell Candy Company, San Francisco Opera, Cisco and countless others.
Imelda will be sharing powerful yet simple ways to create branding and marketing that result in an increase in sales, referrals and demand for your products and services.
The world of new marketing changes every day. So pencils down everyone. Here’s why we are committed (and excited!) to keep learning:
- We’re always looking to discover best practices to streamline our internal processes and become as efficient as possible.
- We’re constantly educating ourselves about our clients’ business so we can make new suggestions on how to engage with your customer base and reach new prospects.
- We love to be up to date and proficient with the latest technology so we can offer our clients the best and most practical solutions.
Don’t worry, we promise there won’t be a quiz at the end of this blog!
Imelda completed the 2012 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, an intensive weeklong executive learning experience held at IBM's Learning Center in Armonk, NY, along with 50 other women entrepreneurs. Imelda was honored to be sponsored for this program by Amy Tsutsumi, Business analyst for Chevron and a respected AP42 client. The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, which was established in 2003 and has been sponsored by IBM since then, stemmed from an idea to create a program tailored to the needs of women business owners. It offers step-by-step tactics designed to help women entrepreneurs grow their business with a focus on improving strategic planning, organization, resources, and systems and processes. Imelda came back fired up and is implementing many new ideas and we’re all benefiting from her experience.
Steve happened to be flying into Las Vegas on October 11, so he took the opportunity to brush up a bit on his Italian - wines that is - at a USA Educational Immersion Seminar presented by Piemonte Land of Perfection. This regional council represents several consorzi in the Piedmont region of Italy, and Steve now knows his Barolo from his Barbaresco (or so he says). He can prove it with his official (looking) Wine Certification. This will come in handy as AP42 helps one of our newest clients, Wine Luxury, launch its exciting new venture.
Mimi couldn’t help but notice the incredible growth of WordPress. The stats are compelling: 49% of all blog sites use WordPress, and it is now estimated that 25% of all websites are published with WordPress. Being a blogger herself, she realized it was high time she learned why this platform has taken off. AP42 has many developers who are experts in WordPress but it’s just as important that the account team understands new technology so they know its capabilities and limitations. So she grabbed her lunch box, took a series of classes and designed her first WordPress site.
Hard to believe but it’s said that 42% of all college graduates never read another book again. Ever. Here at AP42 we’re not only reading books, we’re taking classes (traditional and online), going to conferences, watching videos, and meeting industry experts. Sure, we make it a priority to keep up-to-date with new marketing and technology trends but it’s also an important source of motivation, stimulation and job satisfaction.
We’re excited about teaching as well as learning. Imelda Alejandrino, (CEO of AP42) along with Jody Bagno-Dill of Jazz Business Consulting are offering the “Getting Over the Hump” Executive Workshop on November 29 at the Bishop Ranch Conference Center and you’re invited. Click here to learn all about it.
Class dismissed…for now!
Everyone knows the expression Hump Day: “The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.” But have you ever faced the challenge of getting over a “hump” in your business? "I wish I had more time" or "There's never enough hours in a day" are statements voiced every day.
In fact last month Linkedin asked the question: “People complain that they have no time to do anything. What has ‘shrunk’ your available time in the last few years?” The participants were given four choices and the option of adding their own comments. The choices were:
A. No shrinkage, merely an excuse,
B. Increased demands from work,
C. Increased demands from personal life,
D. The need to gather more information (computer/Net).
The results weren’t a total surprise:
• Increased demands from work – 36%
• No shrinkage, merely an excuse – 28%
• Increased demands from personal life – 16%
• The need to gather more information (computer/Net) – 11%
• Other – 10%
Although this demonstrates that “demands from work” is the top reason we often feel time constraints; it’s interesting that many felt this was just an excuse. It’s certainly true that we all have too many deadlines (business and personal), too little time, high demands and over-arching expectations (often self inflicted). And the holidays are coming! Wouldn’t it be great to learn some best practices to address this issue and improve your business performance?
Imelda Alejandrino, CEO of AP42 and Jody Bagno-Dill of Jazz Business Consulting are offering the “Getting Over the Hump” Executive Workshop on November 29 at the Bishop Ranch Conference Center. These seasoned, and highly successful, businesswomen will present ideas and strategies that will help you and your teams learn to prioritize to create marketing strategies that will help your business grow and reach its full potential. They’ll address what is potentially slowing you down including conflict and lack of alignment among team members. They’ll offer proven tools and tips you can implement today to be ready for tomorrow’s challenges.
Take a little time now to increase your skill set and save considerable time in the future…and increase profitability. This investment in yourself and your business will get you over the “hump” for good. Don’t put THIS off… sign up today!
WBENC Girl Power: Inspiration and Aspiration
I participated in a panel, ‘Making the Pitch: Mastering Messages to Win’ at the Astra’s 16th Annual Reception, Workshops and Awards at the beautiful Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. (Astra is the Regional Partner Organization for WBENC.) The day was filled with inspirational topics such as Game-Changing Strategies for Your Business and the aspirational keynote speaker, Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners. Lynn's committment to saving and creating jobs motivates her tireless daily leadership of the more than 70 companies that currently comprise the Patriarch portfolio.
My fellow panel members included Pamela Wallace, Oscar-winning screenwriter for the movie, Witness, who gave tips on the importance of clear and concise messages which earn you success. Fernando Hernandez, Microsoft, gave his point of view from the client’s side. MaryJo Juarez, Native PTAC and former Navy contract officer gave practical tips on how to win government contracts and I discussed the practical formulas for creating compelling marketing messages which can ensure success.
I think all the speakers succeeded in providing relevant, pragmatic information that could be used immediately to create more relevant and effective messaging. I always find it so rewarding to be part of an event that helps to empower other women in business in achieving success.
If you’re interested, you can find out more about Astra on their website at http://www.astrawba.org/. And as always, you call me (Imelda Alejandrino) here at AP42.