Conflict Resolution: Know Your Hot Buttons & Be Aware of Other’s!

A Hot Button is an emotional trigger and when someone pushes one of your hot buttons, you know it since it make you a little crazy. Self awareness of what makes you crazy and an awareness of others’ hot buttons—is very useful in business. It is important to know your conflict style. Before you can diffuse your hot buttons you must be clear about what inflames them. Awareness of hot buttons bleeds right into cooperative intelligence’s leadership, connection and communication

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Presenting at SCIP’s 2009 Annual Conference, April 22 – 25, Chicago, IL

I just finished creating two presentations for SCIP’s (Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals) Annual Conference in Chicago from April 22 – 25. The first talk is “Build a Sustainable Early Warning Process through Cooperative Connection” and the second is “Capture Competitive Intelligence from Sales and Customers for Lucrative Product Development.” I hope to see you at SCIP’s annual conference! Feel free to post any questions on this blog post and I’ll find answers for you.

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Read up on Social Networks: Integrating Competitive Intelligence into Marketing: Part 3

In the cooperative spirit, today’s post provides books and blogs to help you spruce up your social networking skills, the key on-line communication and connection media. A targeted social networking strategy is a strong and essential ingredient to any research project!
In addition to this book list I suggest you follow blogs to stay up on the latest. All these authors have blogs. In addition I recommend Chris Brogan’s, Hubspot and Duct Tape Marketing. You have one last chance to attend this AMA workshop in Chicago on March 12. http://www.marketingpower.com/Calendar/Pages/2009IntegratedCompetitiveIntelligence-Chicago,IL.aspx

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The Demise of Print Media: Farewell to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain News

Today is the last day for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain News. While we will miss our Rocky Mountain News, Denver is a mid-tier large city which challenges the limits of supporting two local papers. Print media in its many forms is threatened as people read their news, for free, on the Internet before it hits the newspapers. We have become a nation of “6 or 10 points of how to do something,” which while interesting, is cursory communication. Will we lose our competitive edge due to relying on this more shallow electronic communication?

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Trick or Tweet: 13 Ways to Alienate Twitter Followers

In the spirit of cooperative intelligence, I will illustrate how to be cooperative by sharing examples of bad Twitter communication practices. Remember it takes time to build a successful social networking presence just like it does the old fashioned way through meetings and phone calls. Relationships take time to develop, and the best way to nourish them is through continual, consistent communication, asking questions and listening.

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Opportunity Analysis in Bad Times

With a little attitude adjustment, you can be opportunistic in these tough times. Consider businesses people will still frequent in this bad economy for investments. But let’s be on the lookout for the next Google to invest in. We still have great innovation in America. As a small business I am affected by this economy as well so have returned to research and monitoring projects and actively expanding my social networks. We need to be flexible and make adjustments in these crazy times.

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AIIP Annual Conference, March 26-29, Albuquerque, NM

AIIP (Association of Independent Information Professionals) is holding its 23rd Annual Conference at the Albuquerque Marriott from March 25 – 29. More details http://aiip.org/ConferenceSchedule. SCIP and SLA members receive the AIIP discounted price. Feb. 20 is the last day for early bird registration http://aiip.org/ConferenceRegistration.

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Best Practices in Competitive Technical Intelligence – CTI

CTI is action oriented findings of science and technology events and trends that can affect an organization’s competitive position, either presently or in the future. Here is a sneak preview of a portion of my chapter for SCIP’s upcoming book on Competitive Technical Intelligence, which focuses on Best Practices in CTI.

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Enhance your Early Warning Process through Social Networks & Social Media

Social networks are another source to include in your early warning process since they lead to connections that you will never make through Web 1.0 Internet searching, paid databases, company connections and the same external suspects, such as industry experts, scientists and the investment community. Find and qualify those who should become part of your early warning process. In a cooperative spirit, decide what you will share with them. Organize them in your database, and decide how often you will connect with them or just consider them loose connections to contact as needed.

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Next Generation Competitive Intelligence Deliverables: SCIP Webinar

Next generation companies will be more collaborative, with far more interactions among their customers, suppliers, employees and partners. This will mandate that competitive intelligence professionals incorporate next generation technology when they create competitive intelligence deliverables. This webinar illustrates cooperative intelligence practices, both cooperative communication and cooperative connection, by adding Web 2.0 to your communication and connection arsenal. Marty will illustrate case studies from his deep experience at Cisco Systems. While he focuses on competitive intelligence cases, these practices will benefit anyone who provides a service.

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