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Do You Have “Me Too” Syndrome? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 192

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It’s one of the most disturbing trends among so-called innovative thinkers: “me too” syndrome. No matter how intelligent, capable, or opinionated people are, they seem to fall into this trap as soon as someone makes a point or brings up an issue. “Me too! I agree with you!” is the first thing out of their mouth. But why? We seem to be living in an …

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I Will Never Forget Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 193

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This past Sunday, September 11, I, along with the nation, recalled the tragedy that our great country suffered 15 years ago. As I watched the recorded footage from that fateful day, listened to the stories shared by family members and the reading of the names, I was reminded of my experience on that morning that seems so long ago and yet is forever ingrained in …

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I did not want to disappoint you Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 192

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I was engaged in discussions with a prospective client who showed great interest in our services and its potential value for his business. After a few weeks of great conversations, and to my unpleasant surprise, he shared with me his decision to go in a different direction. He said: “This may sound awkward but the reason I decided to go with another company is because …

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It May Be Time for Plan B Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 191

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As the last days of summer and the long sunny days have started to dwindle, I’ve taken every opportunity to enjoy the evenings exploring Cleveland. As an east-sider, I have not crossed over the bridge to the west side as often as I should have to see the treasures that make up this great city. As you may have noticed from my many posts, I …

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The Steep Price of Perfectionism Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 190

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It’s a claim I hear all the time in business: “I’m a perfectionist!” Many people seem to think perfectionism is a virtue, so they proudly admit their obsession with perfection. But the truth about perfectionism is far darker. More often than not, perfectionism in business is simply an excuse for procrastination. It even reflects self-doubt, and lack of belief in one’s own abilities. In fact, …

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Bringing Your Business Into Focus Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 189

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I had the privilege of attending my first political rally today on the west side of Cleveland. Cleveland is still exploding with the excitement of the Cavaliers’ championship win, as the host city for the Republican convention and today, the whirlwind stop of the Clinton campaign to deliver a message to Northeast Ohioans. I packed my backpack full of my newest and most highly powered …

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Where Do Ideas Come From? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 188

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I’ve been on a continual quest to develop unique and powerful ideas that profoundly help others. One of the most often asked questions is, where do such ideas come from? As I was reflected on this question it occurred to me that a few years ago I wrote the article: I Think I’ll Invent Something New — What Are the Best Ways of Developing New …

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Smile and Say Cheese Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 187

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This week’s reflection point: When was the last time you updated the photos on your web site and for your marketing collateral? I find it funny when viewing peoples’ sites that the photos used are nearly vintage ones taken at the time when the light bulb was invented. Okay, not really that old, but definitely not recent! I am often asked what are the best …

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The Pacifier Effect Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 186

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This week’s reflection point: Have you noticed how most babies get immediate gratification when that pacifier is placed in their mouth? I believe this early habit contributes to shape one’s mindset, which continues into adulthood. Over the years, I’ve observed that quite a few individuals look for what I call the “pacifier effect” or the silver bullet approach. Like babies demanding their pacifiers, adults too …

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Stop Copying Me! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 185

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We are in the midst of the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland and I couldn’t help avoid the intense media focus on Melania Trump’s speech and subsequent charges of plagiarism. She was accused of stealing verbatim from Michelle Obama’s convention speech from 2008. I listened to Governor Chris Christie defending this during an interview this morning. He acknowledged the fact that he would …

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