A few photos from January's 1st Tuesday Connections meeting. This time the gathering introduced me to a new concept called Conscious Capitalism (CC).
I had not heard of this term before, but the principles are fully aligned with my thoughts of doing business (and are embraced by many successful companies).
Essentially, CC is all about having a higher purpose for your business than just making a profit. Focus on your stakeholders (not yourself), be led by conscientious leaders and have a culture/values/purpose that supports these attributes. CC takes a long term view of building a better outcome of your business by giving first, doing the right thing, developing purpose and values that go beyond just short term results. More can be learned from this quick Introduction to Conscious Capitalism flyer. (for deep dive, the book Conscious Capitalism or Firms of Endearment will provide additional info)
Anyway, the 3 companies that spoke were high quality, Dallas-based companies (Interstate Batteries, Drivers Select, and PE firm Satori Capital). It was great to hear stories and examples of CC in real life.
In the discussion afterward, I learned that there are local CC chapters in Dallas that is part of a national organization.
To learn more:
Conscious Capitalism organization: http://goo.gl/iumZ3
Local Dallas chapter: http://goo.gl/GSSKTo
- Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey: http://goo.gl/P3QGDd
- Firms of Endearment: http://goo.gl/egJMMF
So thanks to and the team at NDCC for putting on such an enlightening session!
#consciouscapitalism #ndcc #1sttuesdayconnections #consciouscap
Caught this late afternoon / early evening of farm house. Usually at Christmas when we visit, the land is snow-filled and the hill makes a great toboggan run.
This year in Toronto (just outside Erin actually) it's been above 0 (Celsius) every day, so no real snow to speak of.
But the walks have been great in the country and I've captured some enjoyable shots like this one. Absolutely love and am amazed how good the iPhone is for "spur of the moment" photos.
A great treat today as noted marketer visited Dallas to share his Modern Marketing Vision to our MENGDFW group.
John is well know as CEO of , author of CMO Manifesto - A 100-Day Action Plan for Marketing Change Agents, as well as blog contributor at Forbes.
Today's topic centered on Marketing 5.0 and outlined the foundation of his upcoming book. Easily understood, the ten building blocks he presented formed the framework for modern marketers. Building on a customer-centric focus, it transfers the thinking from internal (think sales funnel) to external... creating a customer journey roadmap and deliver appropriate experience from the entire company across various omni-channel touch points.
His presentation that includes the 10 building blocks and called Framework for Modern Marketers is available on Slideshare: http://goo.gl/sUZA5Y
John's looking for examples of company that exhibit these various foundations, so if you can help him with examples and contacts, send him a note via his G+ name.
Thanks John joining us and sharing what no doubt will grow to be a marketing foundation that successful B2B companies will digest and implement for the years to come.
#mengonline #meng #mengdfw
Enjoyable picture summary of my trip to Toronto to visit family over Christmas holidays.
Google+ does a pretty good job selecting key photos to compile in this "story".
If there was a theme at today's Social Media Breakfast Dallas meeting from the panelist of bloggers it was the following
1. Its never too late to start blogging
2. Quality trumps quantity
3. Tell a story
4. Use medium your comfortable with including video
In the end, a quick summary by capture the approach for me:
- Have strategy (why you doing)
- Create a plan (what do you want to accomplish), and
- Establish goals (a way to measure results and progress)
As always, super info and interaction at this monthly meeting. Thanks to Cynthia, and -- three awesome Dallas-based bloggers for sharing their information today.
PS. I'm experimenting with iWatermark -- an interesting and easy way to add text and/or metadata to photos. This time I added a small "Photo by Grant Wickes" on each image... I love it when people use and share any photo I take, I'm just experimenting with adding some name recognition as well... let me know what you think in the comments.
- Queen's Unviversity at Kingston, OntarioBachelor of Commerce, 1978 - 1982Marketing, finance, management accounting
I'm a strategic marketer who enjoys the challenges of marketing technology solutions. From product management and product marketing to sales and business development, I've developed a broad understanding of sales and marketing. Leading teams and getting things done is a skill and a passion.
Years of experience:
My 30 years of experience spans start-ups, publicly-traded companies and privately-owned business in US and international markets. I enjoy tackling tough problems and finding ways to achieve successful outcomes.
- Photography - including using iPhone and gadgets to get business and family pics
- Social Marketing - using and learning from new social platforms
- Small Business - effectively using technology to drive efficiency and profitability
- Connections & Networking - helping others help others
- Business Management - factors that make successful companies
- Dallas Startup Eco-System - encouraging the startup entrepreneurial scene in Dallas
I'm a self-proclaimed gadget lover who is behind the lens, fulfilling my passion for photography. My wife Anne and I were born in Toronto, ON and live in Plano, TX (Dallas) with our 2 yellow labs. Our 2 children are embarking on their own careers.
- WickPoint Management Services (owner)Founder & Principal, 2001 - present
- System ID | Barcode SolutionsVP Marketing, 2013 - 2014
- Wasp Barcode TechnologiesVP Marketing, VP Business Development, 2006 - 2013
- EZ PrintsEVP Sales & Marketing, 1999 - 2001
- MicrografxVP Marketing, VP Business Development, Product Manager, 1989 - 1999
- NBISales, Canadian Marketing Manager, 1985 - 1989
- London Life Insurance CoSales, 1983 - 1985