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The Fifth Pillar – Innovation

Posted June 28, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Many people and leaders of companies and organizations believe that as long as they change, they can stay one step ahead of their competition.  But while change is necessary for any person, company or organization to grow, change in-as-of-itself does not guarantee success. In their book Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne...

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3 Planner Tips for Creating Experiential Events on Purpose

Posted June 25, 2015 by Heather Hutson

I am a musical theatre geek. OK, I admit it.  I have learned that there is a formula to almost all musicals. First there is a grand opening number that sets the tone for the whole story. Oklahoma! opens with “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”.  The following songs and dialogue move the plot forward to the...

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Permalink to Top 3 Video Conference Do’s and Don’ts

Top 3 Video Conference Do’s and Don’ts

Posted June 22, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Last summer BlackSheep did a whirlwind road show covering 14 cities in three months.  The purpose of this road show was for the executive to connect directly with small groups all over the country. Needless to say, it is extremely difficult for an executive to  hit all of those dates while also running a Fortune...

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Permalink to The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 2)

The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 2)

Posted June 21, 2015 by Mark Bowling

In the last post, I explored why companies should provide the tools that are necessary for team members to do their job effectively and why organizations should develop their team members professionally.  This post is to be focused on the personal development of team members. Although this has been the topic that I most love...

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5 Differences Between Traditional and Strategic Meetings

Posted June 15, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Last week the BlackSheep team attended Collaborate Marketplace hosted by Collinson Media. While there we attended a session on becoming a strategic conference content curator facilitated by Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Jeff started by asking us to turn to our neighbor and share the name of our favorite mentor.  Through this action, he immediately illustrated a...

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Permalink to 4 Considerations for Finding the Right AV Tool for the Job

4 Considerations for Finding the Right AV Tool for the Job

Posted June 8, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Last week I got a small white board to put in the hallway to help keep my kid on task.  It had two wood screws and two mollies. Off I went to the garage to fetch my trusty cordless drill. Shortly after discovering that the drill battery was dead I tried using a screwdriver to...

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Permalink to The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 1)

The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 1)

Posted June 7, 2015 by Mark Bowling

The fourth pillar of team development goes beyond simple training or continual education.  Many very good companies are committed to these types of programs.  To strive for preeminence, companies should go beyond ensuring team members know how to best do their job and pursue programs that can help them become all they can be –...

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Permalink to 3 Reasons Why You Need a Production Partner

3 Reasons Why You Need a Production Partner

Posted June 1, 2015 by Heather Hutson

Standing in the ballroom during load in for the headliner, I casually asked the client,”So, what did you end up paying for the band?” She says, “Oh, we went through a talent buyer that the catering manager recommended. He did a deal for us at $225K.” My heart sank. Being the kind of professional that...

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Permalink to The Third Pillar – Selection versus Hiring (Part 2)

The Third Pillar – Selection versus Hiring (Part 2)

Posted May 31, 2015 by Mark Bowling

In the last post, we explored the difference between selecting and hiring.  In this post, I want to explore this topic a bit further and think about how organziations can select. So, how can organizations select?  Here are some ideas – I welcome you to list any others you might have in the comment section...

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Permalink to Why You Need a Production Team

Why You Need a Production Team

Posted May 25, 2015 by Heather Hutson

What Do All These Production People Actually DO?! There is a difference between AV and Production.  AV is the equipment and labor necessary for everyone to see and hear the content.  Production are the the professionals necessary to ensure that the show is executed properly.  There are some AV companies who offer production services; they...

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