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Grant Wickes
Works at WickPoint Management Services (owner)
Attended Queen's Unviversity at Kingston, Ontario
Lives in Plano, TX
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Learning Conscious Capitalism at NDCC 1st Tuesday Connections
A few photos from January's +North Dallas Chamber of Commerce 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
Books:
- Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey: http://goo.gl/P3QGDd
- Firms of Endearment: http://goo.gl/egJMMF

So thanks to +Bruce Bradford and the team at NDCC for putting on such an enlightening session!
#consciouscapitalism   #ndcc   #1sttuesdayconnections   #consciouscap  
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Hi Grant! I almost went to that event, now I wish I had. Hope you are doing well my friend.
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Fading light on a "green" Christmas
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. 
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great place
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Modern Marketing at MENG DFW Feb Meeting
A great treat today as noted marketer +John Ellett visited Dallas to share his Modern Marketing Vision to our MENGDFW group.

John is well know as CEO of +nFusion, 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.
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Christmas Travels to Toronto in Pictures
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".
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Sun and sky playing out.
Brief sun breaks out over farm near Erin Ontario. Not so much snow this year, but interesting contrast of sky, land and building. 
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Kinda looks Kold!
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Its Not Too Late to Start Blogging
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 +Cynthia Smoot 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, +Elysa Rice Ellis and +Jon Kendall -- three awesome Dallas-based bloggers for sharing their information today.
#smbdallas   #iphoneography  

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.
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Mam you are looking very beautiful in this photograph.
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Education
  • Queen's Unviversity at Kingston, Ontario
    Bachelor of Commerce, 1978 - 1982
    Marketing, finance, management accounting
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Strategic Marketer. Tech focus. Connector.
Introduction

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. 

Interests:

  • 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

Final thoughts:
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.

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Occupation
Strategic Marketing Executive for tech companies | Set priorities. Drive execution. Create results.
Skills
Strategy, marketing, product management, sales, business development, executive management
Employment
  • WickPoint Management Services (owner)
    Founder & Principal, 2001 - present
  • System ID | Barcode Solutions
    VP Marketing, 2013 - 2014
  • Wasp Barcode Technologies
    VP Marketing, VP Business Development, 2006 - 2013
  • EZ Prints
    EVP Sales & Marketing, 1999 - 2001
  • Micrografx
    VP Marketing, VP Business Development, Product Manager, 1989 - 1999
  • NBI
    Sales, Canadian Marketing Manager, 1985 - 1989
  • London Life Insurance Co
    Sales, 1983 - 1985
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Currently
Plano, TX
Previously
Toronto, ON