Why should I choose you? That’s the question every customer asks every single time he buys a car, picks a shampoo, or chooses a distributor, a brokerage house, an animal hospital or a hairbrush. Sometimes the question is spoken out loud; other times it’s subliminal. But the fact is that every product, service or decision is a choice. And often it’s a choice we make within seconds.
Ian Chamandy and Ken Aber understand just how essential that choice is. Their Toronto-based consulting firm, Blueprint, helps businesses define their specific promise--the one thing that sets them apart from every other organization that does more or less the same thing--in seven words or less.
Their blueprinting process has produced extraordinary results for organizations big and small, in all sorts of industries, in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors, including construction firms, marketing/communications consultancies, boutique investment banks, and hospitals.
Combining combines practical steps with case examples, Why Should I Choose You (in Seven Words or Less) will:
IAN CHAMANDY co-founded and spent fifteen years running YOUtv, a company that developed, sold and managed format licences and marketing programs for broadcasters around the world. In this capacity, Ian created branding, marketing and sales strategies for national broadcasters and local TV stations including CBS, Fox, Post-Newsweek and Meredith in the US; Flextech Television in the UK; Venevision in Venezuela; El Tiempo in Colombia; Jyrki in Finland; and Citytv, MuchMusic, CBC and YTV in Canada. He also designed and executed branding, marketing and communications programs for Procter & Gamble, Bell, Warner-Lambert, Labatt, Molson, Loblaws and The Lung Association in Canada; and Kroger and the New York State Department of Health in the US. He has a BA in social psychology from the University of Waterloo.
KEN ABER has spent his career creating innovative strategic partnerships and media programs for blue-chip companies, and he has led marketing and communications programs in the categories of beer, fast food, packaged goods, financial services, automotive and tourism. Ken has a MBA from Harvard University.
IAN CHAMANDY co-founded and spent fifteen years running YOUtv, a company that developed, sold and managed format licences and marketing programs for broadcasters around the globe. He has also designed and executed branding, marketing and communications programs for companies, organizations and governments worldwide. Ian has a BA in social psychology from the University of Waterloo.
Ken and Ian appear regularly on CTV News Channel and write a column for The Huffington Post.
LinkedIn Blueprint Business Architecture
You’ve got a great idea that will increase revenue or boost productivity—but how do you get the buy-in you need to make it happen? By building a business case that clearly shows your idea’s value. That’s not always easy: Maybe you’re not sure what kind of data your stakeholders will trust. Or perhaps you’re intimidated by number crunching.
The HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case, written by project management expert Raymond Sheen, gives you the guidance and tools you need to make a strong case. You’ll learn how to:Spell out the business need for your ideaAlign your case with strategic goalsBuild the right team to shape and test your ideaCalculate the return on investmentAnalyze risks and opportunitiesPresent your case to stakeholders
Weaving together the latest research with in-depth profiles of innovators from around the world, Lang explores how to harness and develop the power of curiosity. She reveals how a major retailer set out to discover what really makes men happy—and was stunned by the results. She finds out why, at one particular hospital, nurses think it’s better if they don’t wash their hands. She learns why the most common methods of brainstorming don’t actually work and discovers a new soccer ball that could change the world.
A book that challenges conventional wisdom and offers practical, inspiring advice, The Power of Why shows how it’s possible to reignite your innate curiosity and overcome long-standing barriers—leaving you more creative, productive and fulfilled in your job and happier in your relationships.
The approach used in this text is a threefold pattern: first, readers are exposed to new ideas, then see them in use, before finally being showed how to apply those ideas themselves. Complex problem-solving and decision-making processes in strategic communication and public relations are turned into a series of easy-to-follow steps, flexible enough to be applicable to myriad situations and organizations in the real world.
This new fifth edition follows the same format as previous editions and includes numerous timely and real-world examples of cases and current events, along with classic cases that stand the test of time. It includes new research on opinions and practices within the discipline and covers several recent, award-winning public relations campaigns.
Leadership is Half the Story introduces the first model to seamlessly integrate leadership, followership, and partnerships. This research-backed, field-tested book contributes many new ideas and practical advice for everyone in an organization – from CEO to HR director to front-line manager to consultant.
All of us lead, not just those with the formal title. All of us follow, not just front-line staff. In great collaborations, one moment we are leading and then we flip to following; in other words, the relationship between leadership and followership is dynamic, context-specific, and ever-evolving. This empowering perspective opens up leadership to everyone, normalizes followership, and enables more productive and innovative collaborations. Candid discussions about both roles allow for better coaching, mentoring, skill development, and interpersonal agility, and result in stronger teams.
Marc and Samantha Hurwitz give us a category-busting book that “practically glows with energy and vision,” according to Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and best-selling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.