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The value of newsletters has diminished dramatically with the advent of broadcast email and blogging software. Delete, delete, delete is the typical reaction. When we styled Blane, Canada newsletter 13 Tips—formerly Economic Development Marketing Letter—in 1994 we focused on pointed 4-5 lines (Twitter copied this style from us!), providing information that adds value and broadened perspectives.

March 2019 – Speaking Assignments

~~~Upcoming speaking assignments New Castle EDC, Annual Dinner Keynote, Indiana. Peterborough Economic Development, Annual Meeting Keynote, Ontario, CANADA. Iowa Smart Conference, Business Retention & Expansion Best Practices Workshop, Des Moines, Iowa. Business Retention and Expansion International Annual Conference Keynote, Jackson, Mississippi. Economic Development Council of Colorado, Annual Conference, Colorado Springs.

March 2019 – Cell phone crimp innovation

~~~Cell phone makes you dumb to extend the thought broached in the last edition of Tips; If you always have your cell phone at the ready, the mindless activity can suppress the sense of boredom which is the mother of innovation. Walk away from the phone. Embrace boredom. Open yourself to innovation.

March 2019 – Synchronist 20th Anniversary

~~~The little experiment that DID 23 years ago, a small, international band of visionaries quietly came together to reimagine the business retention interview. As they worked, they challenged old assumptions and traditional perspectives. In the end, they successfully 1) Applied competitive intelligence (psychology, question design, information outcomes, analytics) to the BR|E interview; 2) Demonstrated the importance of context to analysis of local findings – national and regional benchmarks; 3) Evaluated company risk from 3600 perspective instead of the classic 1200 view (community), and, 4) Calculated an asset value of each company interviewed to aid in resource allocation. It is not about the data. These visionaries were focused on getting more from the process of BR|E. These goals form the backbone of Synchronist Suite and are still at the cutting edge of applied BR|E strategy. If you are among the 73% of economic developers looking to elevate your BR|E program, call Eric: 630-936-8078.

March 2019 – Leadership style and success

~~~Your leadership style and success in keeping your organization relevant is determined by your answer to a single question: I was hired to; a) to lead the economic development program (or department) or, b) to grow the local economy. So, what is it?

March 2019 – Director of Business Intelligence

~~~JAXUSA Partnership's Senior Director of Business Intelligence Melonie Moore plays a similar role in Jacksonville, FL. We hope this is a new trend. Knowledge of the client(s) is a key element of keeping our organizations relevant when technology and communications eliminates historic roles. It must be noted that a true business intelligence function is not just a rebranding of the economic development research function which is all about fluffing up demographic data for prospects and prospecting. Business intelligence can be an engagement strategy. Think BIG! Think LOCAL!

March 2019 – Business Intelligence Scope

~~~Business Intelligence note: To be effective this emerging trend (the business intelligence department) is not just a rebranding of the research department. It is an arm of the CEO suite as practiced by Greater Dubuque Development Corp for over 15 years.

March 2019 – Belief

~~~"Belief is about collecting ideas and investing in them. Faith is about having your ideas obliterated and having nothing to hang onto and trusting that it's going to be all right anyway." Source: Barbara Hall

March 2019 – Staying Relevant

~~~The hard work required to stay relevant My keynote address to the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO), in Toronto, CANADA focused on the connection between our sense of client, our tribe, and living at the edge (of change). Operating at the intersection of these 3 practices allow our economic development organizations to remain relevant. Here we can live up to the ideals that made our organizations successful and evolve them, remaining relevant as the world changes.

December 2018 – Debunking Trade Myths

~~~Debunking trade myths For at least the past 20 years, policy makers, politicians, pundits, and voters in mature markets have worried that their countries are losing ground—above all, in manufacturing—to emerging economies. It’s important to ground the debate on the impact of trade in the truth. A 2012 report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) examined conventional wisdom surrounding globalization: for example, mature economies are losing out to emerging ones in trade and therefore face rising trade deficits, manufactured goods are mainly responsible for them, and trade is the principal reason for the loss of manufacturing jobs in developed economies. False, false, false. See through these widespread misconceptions about how economies create and destroy manufacturing and service jobs. Read “Trading myths: Addressing misconceptions about trade, jobs, and competitiveness”

December 2018 – Mix-up Your Play List

~~~Mix-up your play list check out Gulch radio, Jerome, AZ. Gulch radio has become a late-night favorite here at Blane, Canada. Where we appreciate “Mountain Stranded Time.” Recommended by friend Peter Myall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

December 2018 – Self-Driving Cars + Data

~~~Think about this “All the talk about self-driving cars is really about how they (giant tech companies) can monetize the time we spend in our vehicles.” Quote: Alex Roy, auto writer, The Future of Driving, Hagerty Magazine, May-June. Yet another instance of turning people into data slaves.

December 2018 – Curse of Expertise

~~~Curse of Expertise Too much invested in expertise creates an unintentional bias, limiting innovation. (Psychology, Behavioral Economics); Experts are at the bottom of the hole frantically digging to maintain the “advantage” of their expertise, limiting innovation (Ed DeBono); Cartoon, Job applicant “12 years of experience, blah, blah “. Executive thought bubble 1 year of experience 12 times

December 2018 – Battery High / Brain Low

~~~Battery high / Brain low A recent study from the University of Texas found that merely having your phone within reach can significantly reduce cognitive capacity—even if it’s turned off. As one of the researchers behind the study put it, your phone is a “brain drain.”

December 2018 – The Elusive Pprogressive Economic Development Strategist

~~~Looking for the elusive progressive economic development strategist We have been working a fascinating manufacturing project over the last six months. Looking for the person who can handle a high-impact, blue ocean strategy. A similar hunt years ago took 18 months to find a small group of progressives. What we find is an abundant supply of traditionalist who use their mission statement as blinders blocking peripheral vision and true opportunity. Who are you? The traditionalist or the progressive. Is your style holding you and your organization back?

December 2018 – Strategic Doing News

~~~Strategic Doing News If you are frustrated with the limitations of strategic planning, you may be interested in the Strategic Doing approach which presents an alternative for economic development organizations. For more information follow the LinkedIn Group “Strategic Doing” or connect with the Agility Lab or Ed Morrison directly.

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