We all know what it feels like to be in the company of someone who is: not paying attention, not hearing, not listening, maybe even looking away—in a word, not being mindful.
Have you ever thought what it means to be preoccupied? We all know what it feels like to be in the company of someone who is: not paying attention, not hearing, not listening, maybe even looking away—in a word, not being mindful.

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We all know what it feels like to be in the company of someone who is: not paying attention, not hearing, not listening, maybe even looking away—in a word, not being mindful.
Like many of the quotes that catch my attention, I saw “Change Is Inevitable … Improvement Is Optional” outside of a church that I was driving past. And it got me thinking.

One truth I have come to know and accept is that change is not only inevitable but that EVERYTHING changes. Seasons, relationships, temperature, minds, bodies, governments, currencies, plans … everything. Change occurs from within us and from within the conditions and environment of the world in which we live.

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The Standard Deviation of Life
You remember the concept of standard deviation from high school statistics. It’s the measure of a set of data relative to a mean or a norm. It’s a way to quantify variation. A quick example, courtesy of Wikipedia, tells us that the average height for adult men in the United States is about 70 inches, with a standard deviation of around 3 inches. This means that most men (about 68%, assuming a normal distribution) have a height within 3 inches of the mean, or one standard deviation, and that almost all men (about 95%) have a height within 6 inches of the mean, or two standard deviations. If the standard deviation were zero, then all men would be exactly 70 inches, or 5ʹ10ʺ.

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Who Is Your Competitor?
Seems like an obvious question. Your competitor is anyone operating in your market that offers a similar product or service to yours.

Think for a minute, however, about alternatives to what your organization does as indirect competitors. Think beyond your core direct competitors.

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A Different Kind of Eclipse
Today marks the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. Most of us will either experience it live or watch it on video. This will be a shared national experience, a nice momentary intermission from our daily groove, and I, for one, am looking forward to it..

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Don's Blog | IT HAPPENED AGAIN
For anyone who is interested in watching disruption occur right before their very eyes and if your organization has an event that is focused on serving a specific industry, it’s time to pay attention.

The entrepreneurs who disrupted the financial services event marketplace AND the retail event space are now disrupting the healthcare event landscape.

First, a quick step back in time. After launching and then, five years later, selling Money20/20 for $100 million, the founders of this new event launched Shoptalk, a new event that blew up the status quo for retail event organizers.

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Don Neal blog: "Prosperity conceals genius, adversity reveals it"
I’m writing this post in New Orleans and was thinking, is there anyplace in this city that doesn’t sell beignets? If you’ve been to The Big Easy, you know that a beignet is a French donut – fried dough covered with powdered sugar. It is delicious.

The hotel lobby has a kiosk that sells them by the bag every morning; the hotel restaurant offers them; there are beignet shops at every turn. Beignets are ubiquitous, omnipresent and a must-have when you’re in this city.

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Don's Blog What Happens When an 800lb Competitor Comes to Town?
I went to Barcelona in 2013 to experience Mobile World Congress (MWC), the massive mobile industry trade show and conference.

What struck me about MWC was its scale, energy, buzz and dominance. It was “a thing.” The Barcelona event now attracts more than 100,000 attendees, and in 2014 the organizers, GSMA, rebranded their China event, calling it MWC Shanghai.

Now the interesting part.

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Don Neal Creative Disruption
A fter 146 years in operation, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent(s), while a new kind of circus, Cirque du Soleil, entertained more than ten million people last year in 130 cities around the world.

So what happened? Creative destruction happened—the incessant product innovation mechanism by which new ideas and processes replace outdated ones. Joseph Schumpeter, who coined this term back in 1942, considered it “the essential fact about capitalism.”

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