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Posted: 8/30/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ] - 0 Likes
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August 30th, 2011 by Don Tanner

Riddle me this: Where in Detroit or anywhere for that matter can you get a front row seat – free – to a veritable mini-concert of musical magic featuring Dave Mason (Traffic) , Mark Farner  (Grand Funk) and Rick Derringer? Try the UDetroit Cafe in Harmonie Park where these rock legends recently appeared both in person and on UDetroit’s new media offerings: UDetroit Web TV and UDetroit Radio.

The brainchild of Motown’s own musical maestros, Brian and Mark Pastoria, UDetroit’s multiple media platforms are housed in the Pastoria’s storied Harmonie Park Studios, whose soundboard has embraced the electronic impulses of a who’s who of recording artists, including Aretha Franklin, Eminem, The 4 Tops, Tori Amos, Black Crowes, Will.I.AM and countless others over the years.

UDetroit Radio/UDetroit TV is webcasted and live streamed each day and features Bob Bauer, longtime rock radio royalty in this town via his past stints with WABX-FM and WLLZ-FM. The music mix is wide ranging, often eclectic but always interesting, with a mind at all times on how to feature home grown. Where else can you hear Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac followed by The MC5. And, live artist performances and interviews are also a staple of the show, made all the more special with segment lengths that are not dictated by commercial breaks or Portable People Meter limitations, allowing one to really get to know what makes guests tick.

I watched the Mason-Farner-Derringer segment online last week (featuring an acoustic version of “We Just Disagree”) and witnessed Bauer’s show in-person yesterday. He’s a great interviewer and knows just about everyone in that scene. He and the Pastorias are onto something good here. U should really check them out.


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Posted: 8/29/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ] - 0 Likes
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11 Lessons from Steve        


He's been called the modern day Thomas Edison, the Beethoven of business, and the most prolific visionary since Henry Ford.  Yet as Steve Jobs steps down from the helm of Apple, he has left us with so much more than incredible technology. 


Jobs completely transformed the industries of personal computing, digital animation (Pixar), music, mobile phones, and now tablets.  He created the most valuable company in the world and impacted the way billions of people live their daily lives.  But beyond his accomplishments, he's taught us lessons in leadership and life.  The characteristics he embodied can serve as a roadmap for us all to become better in business, community, family, and personal achievement. 


For all us kids from 1 to 92, Steve's guiding principles can help us live our best life and make the biggest difference:


1) Put Passion First - He followed his heart and let the operational details fall into place.  He refused to put a governor on his burning desire to reach new heights.


2) Never Limit Your Imagination - He always imagined the ideal solution or product and never cut corners or watered down his most potent ideas due to setbacks or fear.


3) Pursue Greatness over Money - Steve didn't chase the mighty dollar.  Rather, he focused on making the biggest possible impact and the money followed.


4) Demand Excellence - Critics complain of his exacting style and "unrealistic" demands.  There's a natural gravitational force of mediocrity, and sometimes it takes an aggressive stance to rise above the sea of sameness.


5) Put Yourself Out of Business - Steve was never satisfied, and constantly strove to be the force of disruptive change that would make the Steve of six months ago irrelevant.  Never clinging to past successes, he maintained intense urgency around continuous reinvention.


6) Challenge Conventional Wisdom - When there were norms, he lived to shatter them.  Nearly every step of his success can be traced to inspired thinking that stuck his finger in the eye of the complacent incumbents.


7) Simplify - 'Nuff said.


8) Ignore the Naysayers - If he listened to the "sound advice" of others, we'd never even know his name.  He never let the fear of others interfere with his own trajectory.


9) Persist - While today he sits victorious, there were many times he nearly lost it all.  There were dark days at Apple, Pixar, and even in his personal life.  Where others throw in the towel, Steve stared into the abyss and never accepted defeat.


10) Never Pigeonhole - Steve wasn't a "computer executive."  He was a visionary change agent and could not be constrained. He realized his calling was far beyond any categorical label.


11) Push Beyond What You Think is Possible - When Steve heard "that can't be done", it only emboldened his resolve.  He constantly drove himself and others to reach new heights.


Whether you're building a tech startup, raising three kids or running a soup kitchen, these indelible philosophies serve as a roadmap to success.  While you may organize your thoughts on your MacBook, communicate with your team on your iPhone, and later jam some tunes on your iPod, the impact of Steve Jobs is far greater than the devices he's provided.  Rather, he's given us a model to reach our full potential.


Steve famously said he wanted to "put a ding in the universe."  You have done that, my friend, and so much more.  The impact you've made is immeasurable, and has inspired a generation to "think different."  Thank you for taking the path less travelled, for conquering the never-been-done, and for leading with purpose.  Thank you for changing the world.


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Posted: 8/26/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ] - 0 Likes
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What Broadcasters can learn from Steve Jobs – the Tao of Steve 

What lesson does Apple’s just-departed Steve Jobs have for broadcasters?

As one Appler once told me, “Steve doesn’t think anybody listens to the radio.” And while this person’s tongue may have been placed slightly in cheek, it’s certainly true that Steve doesn’t think anybody should be limited to what they hear on the radio.

I once caught sight of Jobs on the Apple campus.  It was a beautiful, sunny day, and there was Steve talking to a coworker a few feet away.  As a result of his health issues he’s a slight man, almost unrecognizable in a crowd.  His presence does not shout “charisma,” nor does he seem to intend it to.  Yet his influence on commerce and culture has been unparalleled.

What broadcasters can learn from Jobs is what makes him different from the rest.

What makes Steve different is the force of his ideas and his ability and passion to execute them.

What makes Steve different is a relentless focus on innovation and an obsession on solving consumer problems elegantly, even ones we don’t yet know we have.

What makes Steve different is a recognition that trends are made to be surfed, and by the way, trends are very often made.

Indeed, “what business you’re in” is a function of the opportunities the marketplace presents as seen through the prism of your own company’s competitive advantages.  That’s why Apple is no longer Apple Computer. And it’s why “radio” is no longer the industry that elevated the head of your group to a leadership role.

Jobs knows that everything begins and ends with the consumer and the consumer is us.

Contrast that with the broadcast leader who tends to think many of the following thoughts:

  1. This business hiccup is only a passing phase.  1999 is just around the corner.
  2. We are the Great and Powerful Radio and can enforce our will on consumers if we run enough promos to do it
  3. Don’t worry about Google and Groupon and Pandora – just sell more spots
  4. Everyone who listens to the radio today consumes as much of it as ever – maybe even more!
  5. We can defend our importance among consumers and advertisers even as we trim out all that expensive stuff between the songs

To Jobs, the “passing phase” is a trend worth surfing, and 1999 is gone forever.

To Jobs, the power of Apple is in direct proportion to the passion of its followers and consumers and is beholden to that passion

To Jobs, more “business as usual” will get you fired

To Jobs, consumer behaviors are as fickle or as fixed as the entertainment options which attract them.  A better idea executed well that solves a problem has nothing to fear, not even from a 100-year-old industry with entrenched relationships and billions of dollars in revenue.

To Jobs, you don’t cut your way to growth.  You don’t cut your way to relevance.  You don’t cut your way to consumer passion and continued advertiser interest.

What broadcasters never seem to get is that folks think radio is less important nowadays because so much other stuff is more important.  And “importance” is an outcome of consumer passion, not a byproduct of radio industry marketing and PR.

Do things that make consumers love you, stay ever so slightly ahead of their desires, put your consumer strategy before your corporate one.

Then you will know the Tao of Steve.

Posted: 8/1/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ] - 0 Likes
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Monday, August 1, 2011

The United States of Apple    


Get this - Apple, Inc. now has more money than the US Government.  According to a report in the Financial Post this week, the U.S. operating balance now stands at roughly $73.8 billion compared to the $75.9 billion of cash that Apple has on hand.  How is it possible that the tech giant has more money that the world's biggest economic superpower?


We can debate debt ceilings and policy all day long, but something still strikes me here.  A company that started the same year our nation was celebrating her 200th birthday is now in a stronger financial position than its home country. 


How is it that a single company can become so successful, and in turn change the lives of millions of people around the world?  How can a company become not just a financial powerhouse, but also an icon of innovation, design, and culture? 


Jobs and team have built something much more special than a cash-creation machine.  As Steve likes to say, they have truly put a "ding in the universe."  Their success isn't rooted in number crunching, cost cutting, or audit controls.  No trick-the-customer, deal-of-the-day, or Wall Street gaming.  Rather, they've built an enduring brand and culture that is now recognized as the most valuable tech company in the world.


Here are five lessons from Apple that we can all embrace to drive success in our companies, careers, and communities:


  1. Shatter Conventional Wisdom. While some 'fraidy-cat executives cower at thought of straying outside the lines, the folks at Apple live to disrupt.  They don't waste their valuable brainstorm sessions on driving .21% incremental margin or extracting costs by using cheap materials.  Instead, they direct their energy toward changing the world. 
  2. No Limits. In our fear-based society, we often gravitate to all the reasons something can't be done.  So often, we let imaginary barriers restrict us for reaching our true potential. Not Apple.  They refuse to be derailed and let those seemingly insurmountable challenges drive their cause instead of squash their dreams.
  3. Innovation Wins.  The culture at Apple celebrates the risk takers.  The dreamers.  The creators.  They realize that creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of the organization, and have built a culture and philosophy that rewards it.
  4. Design Matters.  The folks at Apple know that design is as important as function.  Their products are beautiful works of art rather than utilitarian machinery.  They focus not just on what their gear does, but how it makes their customers feel.   All five senses are delighted by design, and customers are willing to pay handsomely as a result.
  5. Passion First.  Apple doesn't chase money, they pursue purpose.  They build products and services that they love and want to use themselves.  They connect deeply to the impact they will make on customers, and follow their hearts instead of earnings-per-share.  As a result, the money follows.  Big time.

Apple may have more cash than our government right now, but their real value goes much deeper than their balance sheet.  More than their billions, they've managed to build a culture of innovation that will continue to drive success and change the world.  Maybe the US Government can learn a thing or two here.  Maybe we all can.


Hey brother Jobs, can you spare a dime?