Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Happy New Year 2009!

2008 was a challenging year in many ways for many people. The year is over and done. 2009 has so much opportunity it is incredible and amazing. 

There are more opportunities to create success now than at any time in the past. Any person, with an IDEA and the drive to make it happen [plus some persistance] can do great things. 

Take the challenge, make your IDEAS come true. Bring them into reality. Take a chance. Now is all you have.

What are you going to do to #MakeItGreat ?

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Have been bouncing this idea around for a while, now is the time to make it happen. The employment situation is challenging to say the least. Below is an outline of thoughts and ideas regarding the formation of the Michigan Job Club.

A related post from November: "MICHIGAN IS HURTING

If you or someone you know may be interested... post a reply to this post or find my contact information on Twitter here.

Your IDEAS and comments are appreciated.

From: David Damore
Subject: Michigan Job Club - 5 people [or more]
Date: 12/15/2008

Creation of a job club in SE Michigan... Metro Detroit... or anywhere in the state. Michigan has the highest unemployment in the nation at 9.3% [tied with Rhode Island]. The employment situation looks to get worse in Michigan before it gets better. 

Now is the time to take action. Building skills, knowledge and developing new talents. In doing so it is important to leverage these new skills to become, what Peter Drucker would call a knowledge worker. Knowledge is the way of the future. Those with it and using it will thrive as part of the US labor force. Flexibility is key and knowledge workers will be uniquely suited to benefit from opportunities as they arise. 

Mission: Create a small organization of...
  • unemployed
  • recent graduates
  • reentering the job force
  • Career transition [Boomer, new career/direction]
  • Etc...

To: Leverage knowledge creation and social communication to advance for oneself and for society.

How: Using social networks and technology to...    
  • Communicate
  • Share technology
  • Support
  • Encourage
  • Inspire
  • Brainstorm
  • Etc...

When: Meet formally for a conference call once every 2 weeks. Day and time are open for discussion. Time that works for all members will be the time we do. Time could be from 5 am to 1 am or so. Members can meet anytime using any of technologies listed below.

Tools: Technology
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Skype
  • Other IM clients... Google Talk, AIM [AOL Instant Messenger], Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger
  • Talk Shoe and BlogTalkRadio are also possibilities.
  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Office
  • EtherPad "EtherPad is a web-based collaborative real-time editor, allowing up to eight people to edit a text document at the same time"

Friday, December 12, 2008


Came across an interesting article on the Business Week website.  It provides a simple and clear explanation of stock beta numbers. This is college Finance 101. 

Key Point: The sooner you learn and understand this and other finance and economics related topics, the better off you will be.

Stock Screen: Low-Beta Beauties
S&P's latest list finds top-ranked stocks that tend to be less volatile than the broader market. Among them: Genentech, PepsiCo, and Wal-Mart

By Beth Piskora

The risk metric known as beta can be a useful investment criterion during these times of market volatility.

An issue with a beta of 1.5, for example, tends to move 50% more than the total market in the same direction. An issue with a beta of 0.5 tends to move 50% less. If a stock or stock fund moved exactly as the market moved, it would have a beta of 1.0. Thus, high beta is typical of a volatile stock, while a low beta is typical of a stock that moves less than the market as a whole. A stock with a negative beta moves in the direction opposite to that of the market. With a beta of -1.0, a stock has the same volatility as the market, but tends to rise when the market falls, and vice versa.

What are your thoughts?

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Detroit News: "20 jobs cut by Internet's ePrize"

"The company, which has 350 employees, has seen its sales increase 30 percent over the past year, Linkner said, but he hopes the cuts will fend off problems so the company can remain competitive."
  • Sales are increasing 30% and you have too much talent?
  • How did so many extra people get hired?
  • What new technology has increased firm productivity enough to cope with such rapid growth and make the current labor force redundant?

"Many of ePrize's clients -- from the automakers to financial services companies to retailers -- are seeing profits dwindle or disappear, leaving fewer dollars to invest in advertising."
  • The firms that hire ePrize are cutting spending?
  • How is the firm growing at 30% in the throws of a recession?
  • Fewer dollars for advertising and promotions?

"The laid-off workers received a severance package, though the company wouldn't disclose details. There are no plans for more layoffs, Linkner said."
  • Severance packages are good for the people let go. These are smart and talented folks.
  • No firm ever plans for more layoffs down the road. Cut once and cut deep. It seems that ePrize had a major RIF [Reduction in Force] last Summer.
  • Two rounds of job cuts in less than one year is a signal of concern

There are no easy answers

In the past several weeks there was elevated traffic for search terms such as "eprize layoff". The increase was so dramatic, it indicated that the word on the street was that something was happening. Sure enough, the Detroit News reported ePrize layoffs in today's online edition.

Michigan Economic Conditions

Michigan is facing some very turbulent economic conditions. In October the Michigan unemployment rate was reported as 9.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, tied with Rhode Island for worst in the nation. The automotive sector, which makes up a large segment of the Michigan economy is likely to continue deteriorating.

Your constructive comments and criticisms are welcome

What say you?

Monday, December 8, 2008


Management, Marketing and Leadership

Currently there are 188 feeds in Google Reader. The ones listed below are very good to excellent resources. 

Check them out for yourself. They may challenge your thinking. If they do, you will have to sharpen your analysis; in the process your position will either change or become better defended as you find better information.


What business blogs do you read, share and use as a resource?

Friday, December 5, 2008

likemind detroit

Friday December 5, 2008 @ 9am

likemind detroit will be meeting up at Mercury Coffee Bar. This is in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, just down the road from old Tiger Stadium.

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(313) 496-4000

All other likemind locations can be found at

This is the first likemind at MCB. Should be interesting as it looks like they just opened for business a month or so back.

As usual, the hosts for this event are Nev and Eric. It will be good to see them both, as it seems the last likemind was back in October.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Book Review: "
The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success" by Marcus Buckingham

Are you serious about your success? Do you want to make an impact? Are you unsure how to maximize your talents?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you would do well to buy "The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success" by Marcus Buckingham. This is a book like no other. There are essentially three components. These three components make this book into a highly engaging and effective package.

The Components are...

  1. Book
  2. DVD
  3. Memo Pad

The first is the book itself. This is all high impact information. The included information is all meat. There are no filler words, sentences, paragraphs or chapters.

The second is the included DVD. This should play in most computers and standard DVD players. This is about 20 minutes in length and will engage different parts of your brain.

The third component is the "rememo" pad. This is what makes this book stand out. You have to take action if you want to succeed. Reading any one book without taking action is unlikely to help you attain a greater level of success.

This package will engage more of your brainpower than most other books. Each of the three components engages different parts of your mind. If you are committed to self improvement, you will find this package to be very valuable.

The combination of the DVD [audio and video] + the book [reading: visual thinking and processing] and the "rememo" pad [thinking, writing, analyzing] makes for a very powerful package. If you are serious about doing the small amount of self analysis and effort required from the book you should order/buy and implement the book with included tools ASAP!

This book is for people that want to perform better and create more satisfaction in what they do. If you are not willing to take these small steps, this is probably not the right book for you.


Doing the right thing.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The screen shot to the left is from Chrome. In it you can see various folders on the Bookmarks bar. The one of interest is called "Peeps."

In this are Twitter users of interest to me. Some of them post a lot of content. For these folks it helps to be able to see their last 20 posts on one page. It is easy to navigate their tweets backwards from here.

Other people in this folder post infrequently and it would be easy to miss a tweet. They are in here to quickly navigate to their Twitter page.

The third type of person in this folder are what I would call, like 'em, not sure I want to follow them yet. A few people get in here so their tweets can be reviewed again. If it seems compelling on subsequent looks they may get a full fledged follow.

Three types of users in the "Peeps" folder
  • Heavy posters: More than 15-20 posts per day
  • Light posters: Less than 10 posts per day to about 1 a week or even 1 per month.
  • People to review: Some people are not follow ready when you first converse with them... Review them a few times a month.

Any questions?


Do not reply, do not respond to the email below. It was sent from Reputable firms have email addresses from their own domain, not

[Ed. Name removed below]

Upon reviewing a resume, I would like to offer you a job position in
your area according with your skills and experience level.

Our system found you as a potential candidate for the following job

Widening the scope of activity, our company has to increase and renew
the staff of Processing Manager position in USA. Are you blessed with
a new child yet unable to attend work? Are you a college student with
odd class schedules impairing regular work time? Well you're in
luck!!! We look for active, purposeful people and people, whose aim is
material well-being. Your income will completely depends only on You
and usually it makes up from 2000$ to 5000$ per month.. You will have
a time for private life.

The duties of the Regional Agent shall include:

*Your task as a payment processing manager will consist in
transferring payments from one of our clients to another. Due to the
fact that our company works in securities market, we constantly buy
and sell payments, so you will work with this money.

Obligatory requirements:

_ Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;
_ United States resident;
_ Computer with internet access and e-mail address;
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word(optional);
- E-mail account and ability to check your e-mail box at least twice a day;
- Adults only accepted (we cannot hire underage people);
- 1-3 hours free during the week (mainly in the evening / non-business
hours) for communication and 2-4 hours a week more for transfer
-No criminal records;
-Banking account(You can open a new one(zero-balanced) to work with the company;

Terms & Conditions:

-no office work;
-no need in special financial skills;
-no investments;
-flexible Timetable: You choose work time yourself;
-1-2 hours of occupation a day;
-comission for each of the financial operation (8% of the sum and more).

Crampton Investments Electronic Company is being extended and we need
new partners. We are very interested in new workers, and we are always
glad to take responsible people on this work.

If you ready to apply, please reply. You will get all necessary
information regarding this position.

*After you will reply, we will give your the reference on our
official site with registration.

Paul Wilmot
Crampton Investments Electronic Company.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


IDEA: Michigan Job Support and Training Group

"Teach, Train, Coach, Create Businesses..."

Post and IDEA created as a result of a New York Times article + a job group [Boston Salty Legs Career Club ] [Thanks Susan]

The people of Michigan are hurting.
Rapidly increasing job loss is creating some very bad consequences. Michigan has relied on certain business sectors to heavily and [automotive, furniture, etc] for too long. It is time to diversify.

In doing so we need to create a skilled, talented and capable work force.
Human Capital!

The goal is to create small teams of people
all across the state that are connected and supporting one another. This is an idea in progress. It will be developed with the input from many different people [Google Docs]. No one person has the 'answer'.

As a small group and through team work
we can create winning solutions that lead to talent creation. This talent can then be deployed in different industries and fields because it will be flexible. In being flexible it will have resources to further create value.

Are you interested in being an IDEA Solution Creator?

What say you?



Wednesday, November 19, 2008


This post was going to be about a third party app that pays you to allow it to post ads in your stream. That app seems to be getting some negative feedback from followers of users already.

Lets explore how Twitter might do ads and make money.
  • All active users choose categories. The number a user would have to choose from is unknown.
  • Lets say 3 categories of 20
  • Twitter would sell ads on these user 'interests'
Possible choices are below. These are some I might choose if available ;)
  • Running
  • Golf
  • Fishing
The advertisers that want to reach a receptive audience [me] would buy ads from Twitter to get in the stream of users who are interested in these categories.

Nike, New Balance or might buy ads to put tweets in your stream. Twitter would place these ads, mini billboards if you will, in the stream you follow. I am interested in running and if these firms have relevant messages I am willing to hear them out. There would be two links.
  • One would take you to the information or offer
The other would
  • Let your stream keep moving
Until you make a choice your stream stops flowing.
This way Twitter can serve highly relevant ads to users of the service. It should be relatively easy for the user to do this simple task [make a choice and click on a link or maybe an icon [Sort of like star and trashcan now].

Twitter may offer a way to opt out
as well by allowing a user to pay a monthly fee to not see these ad tweets. For example the stream for @guykawasaki must move at a very high velocity since he is following 28,918 streams at the moment [9:36PM EST 11/19/08]. A user like Guy might just pay the fee to opt out. If one choose not to pay a fee, maybe there would be a set number of ads you would see a day... maybe 1-6 per hour as a maximum if your stream moves fast.

Twitter can do this. How users react will be interesting. People hate change. A recent survey [non scientific] found that many users would pay a monthly fee to use Twitter. Twitter can monetize their platform with subscription fees and/or ads. Perhaps there would even be a blended model offered as well. Smaller fee but still getting some ads from time to time.

How would you feel if Twitter created such a system? What say you?

PS: [yes I realize some people follow 0 streams. For those folks maybe they can only post so many times before they get one of the tweet ads]

Monday, November 17, 2008


"Give value first, always."

Information + Action = Results

View, Analyze, Plan and Act = Results

The first three are part of the information process. Input, thinking and planing, these are requirements before taking action to create desirable outcomes and results. Action is what and how you do what needs to be done.

Monday, November 10, 2008


The data nearby indicates that more people in Michigan are employed by businesses with 100-249 employees than any other firm size. Small business is an economic engine.

Michigan Private Employers
Size of Firm
1St Quarter 2007
Firm Size


Weekly Wage


1 - 4

5 - 9

10 - 19

20 - 49

50 - 99

100 - 249

250 - 499

500 - 999

1000 +




Monday, October 27, 2008


One firm is taking it to heart that you attack you opponent when they are weak. You try to take their talent and/or drive up their costs during an acquisition.

RJ & Makay is recruiting Merrill Lynch employees to defect before the Bank of America take over is completed. They hope to take top talent or drive up the cost for Bank of America to retain these folks.

See the embedded video nearby. Powerful stuff.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, October 20, 2008


Business Week has an excellent article on COSTCO

Costco's Artful Discounts
Tons of gold nuggets in there. The one below really stuck out.

Costco has even gotten vendors to redesign product packages to fit more items on a pallet, the wooden platforms it uses to ship and display its goods. Putting cashews into square containers instead of round ones will decrease the number of pallets shipped by 24,000 this year, cutting the number of trucks by 600. By reshaping everything from laundry detergent buckets to milk jugs, Costco has needed 200,000 fewer pallets a year overall.
[Ed: Bold added]

Some quick math indicates that is [24000 / 600 =] 40 pallets per truck.
How much fuel and a labor cost is saved from not making these 600 truck trips? Just thinking about it, you know the savings are significant. All that from redesigning the package for one item.

  • Are you open to rethinking your processes, products and services?
  • How are you redesigning [AKA: Thinkovating] to increase productivity?


NOTE: This post is written from a Food Marketing angle.

BrandWeek has an interesting article about brands that do well during turbulent economic conditions. It is clear that some brands or segments do better. More meals at home means firms that are ingredient or raw material [Home cooking] oriented should see sales growth. Firms in food service will see shrinking margins and declining revenue as the total [food service] pie becomes smaller.

Assumption: Consumers pull back on dining expenses in an uncertain economy

Back to the article... Why Some Brands Cheer a Sour Economy

Likewise, Wal-Mart, which seemed to be losing brand power only a year ago, today is poised to reap the rewards of consumers who are looking to save some cash. In September, as same-store sales for Kohl's and Nordstrom fell 5.5% and 9.6%, respectively, Wal-Mart's rose 2.4%. Author and branding expert Rob Frankel thinks the retailer's gains will closely mirror the economy: "Wal-Mart is the brand that reminds people they are poor. Nobody shops at Wal-Mart because they want to; they shop there because they have to. The minute the economy recovers, Wal-Mart's sales will drop like a brick."

The snippet above [Ed. bold added] indicates that the writer believes Walmart is a brand for the poor and that people only shop there because they have to. Thirty years ago Walmart was a relatively small regional retailer. The US economy has grown tremendously in the last 30 years. People have continued to shop there during this time frame. Walmart had yearly revenue of $348 billion in 2007.

As people gain in affluence they increase spending at retailers that make them 'feel' like they are part of another demographic 'the Affluent'. Costco is an example of a firm that has done a tremendous job selling that feeling to Americans [some would suggest Starbucks as another, $4 coffee drinks].

Now that people are shopping Walmart more out of need, they are beginning to see what a tremendous value they present to consumers. Category best sellers at much lower prices than other retailers. When the economy picks up [in the next 12-18 months?] people will be hesitant to go back to their freewheeling spending. Walmart will retain most of these new shoppers. The more a shopper saves by shopping Walmart the more money that is left for other things.

Where these saved dollars may go...
  • Dining out
  • Debt reduction
  • College
  • Books
  • Internet
  • Computers
  • Travel
  • What percent of new Walmart shoppers will defect when the broad economy recovers?
  • Are you cutting back on eating out?
  • Are you preparing more home meals?
  • How much do you budget, generally, for dining out, now vs. a year ago?

PS: This post was written before reading the comments on the site with the original story. There were ten comments at the time this was posted. Read them, you might find them insightful.

Ed: Walmart has changed the way their name is presented. Formatting of the Brand Week section was left as published.

Monday, October 13, 2008


See interesting blog visitor. See visit information below.

Domain Name ? (China)
IP Address XXX.XXX.XXX.# (CHINANET-HN Hengyang node network)
ISP Data Communication Division
Continent : Asia
Country : China (Facts)
State/Region : Fujian
City : Hunan
Lat/Long : 25.9714, 119.6486 (Map)
Distance : 7,492 miles

Referring URL 2008&start=20&sa=N
Search Engine
Search Words
michigan automotive layoffs october 13 2008


John Battelle has a post called CM Conversations: Evan Williams, below is my response to his post. Hopefully the Twitter brain trust will take the IDEA seriously and #MakeItHappen!

How about creating a Twitter Business Plan Challenge #TBPC?

This would allow the large Twitter community to think of IDEAS to increase revenue and profits for Twitter. They would create a business plan [IDEA] for Twitter to execute. Judging would involve a highly distinguished panel of savvy business people [suggested members of the panel include... Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin...]

This plan could have a big pay off if...
1. The plan is strategically sound and uncontrollable factors do not adversely affect the results
2. The plan is executed with precision
3. The plan successfully drives usage of Twitter in a way that increase revenue and profits and does not increase costs materially.

Using a contest like this is outside the box. It will draw diverse teams that will develop unique IDEAS for making Twitter more successful.

Please review this with your brain trust, evaluate the soundness of the IDEA and #MakeItHappen.

David Damore

Sunday, October 12, 2008


HubSpot: How to Use Twitter for Marketing

You should find some good nuggets in here. Might be a good idea to have a pen and paper close at hand to take some notes.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


This is from the Wall Street Journal [October 11, 2008 Pepper … and Salt] It seems so appropriate for people to get the underling message. It makes sense to be nice to people.

You are doing business with every single person you meet. Maybe you are not selling them something directly but you are doing business with them whether you like it or not.

There are more potential rewards for being nice than for being ruthless.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, October 6, 2008


Twitter is an online communication service.
Twitter is like nothing you have seen before. There are a few things Twitter is like...

  • Instant Messaging
  • Email
  • Blog
...but mashed together with the best aspects of each.

There are some powerful tools to help one harness the immense power and bring it to the individual. [There are more then this. These are the ones that are most ofen used by Admore]

These are best utilized by placing them in the bookmark / Links bar in your browser. In order to save space on the bookmarks bar I use a folder named "Twitter". Most of the secondary tool are kept there.


Twitter The one and only!

Twitter Search formerly known as Summize. Awesome way to find tweets as Twitter updates are called. Check out the Advanced Search page for special operators.

Tweet Stats Used to see what a user commonly tweets about. You can do this for yourself as well as for others provided that their updates are not "protected" [locked out of the public stream] In the word cloud, you can now click on the term and see all the conversations that are related. There is more interesting data there as well. Check it out for yourself.

Tweet Scan Good secondary site for searching tweets.

Monitter & Tweet Grid These sites can track trends per key words the user chooses. Sports team work well on game day. Might be interesting to check stock ticker symbols as well. Never tried it, just thought of it.

Twitscoop A nice site to see what terms are trending per the number of updates users are posting.

Twitter Local Great way to find users near an area or zip code. Try a zip code and set the radius to 20 miles. Here is the one for my zip code, 48236. You will probably see my tweets in there somewhere. Look for Admore.

Twitterholic -
The Top 100 Twitterholics based on Followers. Would suggest adding just a few of these folks to get started. Their updates may overhwhelm your stream if you add to many and they update alot.

There are a few services that shorten links to a size that works well for tweets. Two that are used frequently are TinyURL [25 characters] and Is.Gd [currently shortens to 17 characters]. There are others and you can search them out on Google.

A few people that you may enjoy following. These folks are in a folder called Peeps. This keeps a direct link to their full page handy.
Your comments are welcomed.

What are your thoughts on Twitter, favorite tools and apps?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Re: "The High Cost of Living vs. The Cost of Living High"

Below are a few of my thoughts regarding this post.

VIA Carpe Diem [full post is linked in Title above]
Based on a suggestion yesterday from a student in my MBA class (MGT 551 Business Economics), the graph above shows the declining share of disposable personal income (data) spent on food (data), clothing (data), and shelter (housing and household operation) since 1929. From a high of almost 59% in 1933, the percent of disposable income spent on food, clothing and shelter today has continually fallen, and today (2007) is only 33%.

The problem I have with these types of stats is...
  • People have taken the savings and put them into other spending categories...
  • Such as Cable TV... Internet... Mobile phones... 401k...
  • People have less money left over at the end of the month...
  • Funds are all allocated...
  • There is not much fat to cut in personal budgets...

You may not agree, that is OK.


When Food, Fuel and Shelter costs rise rapidly there is no way for the average family to easily adjust to the new realities.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Last 50 visitors to blog by location. Most if not all visits are in regards to the JOB SCAM post from last week. Referring web pages indicate this.
  • Usually there is a small percentage of non US traffic.
  • US based traffic is usually around 85%.
  • Appears that a major spamming went to folks in Europe recently.
NetherlandsUitgeest, Noord-Holland3,890
NetherlandsBemmel, Gelderland3,955
PolandWarsaw, Warszawa4,478
United States
NetherlandsValkenswaard, Noord-Brabant3,957
United StatesWilmington, North Carolina628
NetherlandsGennep, Limburg3,964
NetherlandsNieuwveen, Zuid-Holland3,902
NetherlandsAmsterdam, Noord-Holland3,904
NetherlandsRhenen, Utrecht3,941
NetherlandsLeimuiden, Zuid-Holland3,899
NetherlandsMaastricht, Limburg3,982
PolandWroclaw, Dolnoslaskie4,389
PolandPiastw, Warszawa4,475
NetherlandsBaarlo, Limburg3,982
NetherlandsLeiden, Zuid-Holland3,895
United StatesChicago, Illinois248
NetherlandsDen Haag, Zuid-Holland3,889
PolandRumia, Gdansk4,296
PolandPruszkw, Warszawa4,476
NetherlandsHoofddorp, Noord-Holland3,897
NetherlandsTynaarlo, Drenthe3,942
PolandPoznan, Wielkopolskie4,334
PolandWarsaw, Warszawa4,478
CanadaKelowna, British Columbia1,804
NetherlandsZundert, Noord-Brabant3,923
United StatesRichmond, Virginia443
NetherlandsWageningen, Gelderland3,944
NetherlandsVught, Noord-Brabant3,941
NetherlandsAmsterdam, Noord-Holland3,904
PolandWarsaw, Warszawa4,478
PolandRuda Slaska, Katowice4,485
NetherlandsAmsterdam, Noord-Holland3,904
NetherlandsDelft, Zuid-Holland3,894
United StatesLockport, Illinois268
NetherlandsHaarlem, Noord-Holland3,893
PolandWarsaw, Warszawa4,478
PolandKatowice, Slaskie4,493
NetherlandsDen Haag, Zuid-Holland3,889
PolandTuchola, Bydgoszcz4,318
NetherlandsDoorn, Utrecht3,930
PolandKatowice, Slaskie4,493
GermanyBurscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen4,028
NetherlandsAmsterdam, Noord-Holland3,904
NetherlandsAlphen, Zuid-Holland3,901
NetherlandsWageningen, Gelderland3,944
NetherlandsWageningen, Gelderland3,944
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