Social Media #Fail

What is the current obsession with failure?

Why is #fail such a popular social media meme?

How come so many people are happy to ‘stacks-on’ or ‘dog pile’ when someone makes a mistake online?

What possesses trolls to deliberately seek people out and antagonise them?

What possible satisfaction can anyone derive from just finding fault in others?

People make mistakes. I get that.

Companies get things wrong too. I get that.

Sometimes people (and companies) repeat mistakes. Don’t we all?

But when a person or a company makes a mistake, isn’t the public display of that mistake punishment enough?

Is there really any point in jumping on the bandwagon, pointing and screeching for their head to be spiked in the town square?

For what it’s worth, I am over the #fail.

I am for people trying, failing and trying again.

Screw the haters.

Contributor:

Michael Field, Director at Michael Field Pty Ltd.

‘Climbing Kilimanjaro’ Is More Than A Metaphor.

We have all sat through scores of strategy sessions and offsite planning days where the metaphor of ‘climbing Kilimanjaro‘ is used to describe a business journey. It makes sense, right? After all, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step‘ – and lots of checkpoints along the way.

It can be both fun and effective to use metaphors, especially in the comfort of a conference room with a blizzard of butcher’s paper to simulate struggle and achievement.

But this time it’s real…

I’m actually ‘climbing Kilimanjaro‘ ? the one in Tanzania.

The Kilimanjaro Summit climb is a team fundraising effort to raise vital funds for the Guide Dogs breeding programme in Australia.

For those who don’t know, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak (5,895 meters) and is notorious for its challenging terrain and breathtaking views of the vast East African plains.

Our committed team of Guide Dogs supporters will depart on 25 November 2012 for a 12-day trek to the summit.

I have personally committed to raising $15,000 and I welcome your support either through sponsorship, cash, prizes, and corporate support or product donations.

For example, my dietary preparation is sponsored by Healthelicious who are providing their eXtreme Nutrition Bar for the duration of my training. See http://www.healthelicious.com.au

About Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT helps people with vision impairment to achieve independence through access and mobility. All funds raised go directly to Guides Dogs NSW/ACT in support of their Guide Dog training program. See www.guidedogs.com.au

Donations and Sponsorship

If you would like to promote your business through sponsorship, donation or product support, please email hollie@stolenquotes.com . Stolen Quotes
is our pro bono PR, media and communications partner.

To donate please visit:

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/MichaelFieldGuideDogs

I am privileged to be supporting them and I encourage business and individual sponsors to support the cause by donating goods, services or financial support.

Contributor:

Michael Field, Director at Michael Field Pty Ltd.

Is your small business ‘Investor-Ready’?

I am inspired by the energy, passion and commitment of business owners.

I meet many who are looking to take their business to the next level.

They want more, but they are not quite sure how to get there.

Many are seeking investors in the belief it will help them get there, or at least chart the course to make navigation easier.

Before you decide you need an investor, ask yourself the following questions:

- Is the business ‘investor-ready’?

- Does it have enough customers, revenue or forward sales orders to determine a fair value?

- Are there more things you can or should do before you approach an investor?

- Do you really want an investor in the business? If so, why and for what purpose?

- Are you flexible enough to adapt to a new ownership and reporting structure?

- Are you ready to ‘give up your baby’ in favour of growing it?

- Does the business actually require investment, or is there something else it needs more?

- What do your require from the investor? Cash? Networks? Expertise? All of the above?

- Do you have a clear plan as to how the investor’s money will be applied and what returns it is likely to produce?

- Have you optimised the business revenues, marketing, processes, etc. to maximise the sale price?

- Are you the right person to take the business to the next level, or would it need an experienced manager so you can focus on what you do best?

- Will securing investment deliver your expected outcome of lifestyle, money, time, etc.?

This list of questions is not comprehensive, but hopefully will assist you in deciding if now is the right time to think about investors.

Contributor:

Michael Field, Director at Michael Field Pty Ltd.