Thursday, January 19, 2006

Take this Idea- Please!

Great ideas are everywhere. Everywhere, people!

This afternoon I was doing my research into Human Resources Outsourcing companies. While reading through an industry forecast for 2006, the idea struck me.

(Incidentally, first quarter is an excellent time to do business research on new market opportunities. Just about every association will have a publication or article that summaries the past year with predictions for the coming year, or an industry forecast for the year ahead. Why struggle? Your market's goals and struggles are all right there for you.)

Ah, the idea.

One of the trends for small to mid-size companies is outsourcing HR core functions. Many types of companies are doing it, including those business center companies like HQ here in Boston and Cambridge. The light bulb damn near exploded.

Wouldn't it be keen if a business mediator made an alliance with one of those office space rental companies to provide services to the tenants???

Talk about a win-win. The company can offer a unique service to prospective renters that distinguishes them in a price-driven marketplace and the mediator gets a build-in caseload. Even if the mediator simply resolved issues between the landlord and tenant that could conceivable keep somebody pretty busy.

So I beg someone, please take this great idea for building a mediation practice. Take it. Run with it. And, for goodness sake, let me know how it all turns out!

Try. Fail. Learn. Grow.


Friday, January 13, 2006

Luck= Preparation and Opportunity

Happy Friday the 13th. Contrary to popular belief, I think
this is an especially lucky day, full of opportunities.

In fact, life is full of opportunities if you're looking. Are
you looking? What's been in the news, on TV, or in your community
that you can connect to your mediation practice?

And, don't be fooled. Sometimes the opportunity looks like a
mistake. Really. I got one of those pesky 'we'd like to serve you' emails
from a vendor I didn't know.

As a rule, I delete unrequested email, but I got curious and opened it.
Still curious, I asked the sender, a greeting card site, why they had
written to me and how they got my address.

Well, long story short. We're working together to create a line of
greeting cards about office conflict. No kidding. It'll be a fun project and
a totally different way of getting people to address disputes.

The message here: keep your eyes and mind open!

Try. Fail. Learn. Grow.


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Peacepreneur- contest winner soon!

Wherever you are I hope your first day of 2006 is filled with whatever makes it special for you. Me, I'm enjoying sitting around sipping a mimosa or two, listening to one of my favorite books, Forever Odd by Dean Koontz on my ipod. I'm stalling before going out to shovel the snow, of course.

However, I'm eager to share the winner of the branding contest with you. So many great choices make it difficult for my illustrious panel of judges to choose.

Keep your eye on Mediation Mensch this week. I'm sure they'll be an announcement very, very soon.

Happy New Year!