How’s your week going? Mine is going well. We have several new clients at Owlthena’s parent company, Digital Brand Expressions, this year, and one of them is OKU, an innovative device/app/community builder that is all about healthy skin. They launched this week at SXSW, check them out on Instagram!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the resources it takes to get your business healthy and keep it going/growing strong. Unfortunately, we don’t have scan technology like OKU to help us with that yet. But whether you’re producing products or services, I think it all comes down to keeping you and your team “in the zone,” performing optimally as individuals and synergistically as a team.

So with that in mind, this week’s news brief covers articles on how to think about roles and responsibilities; the dangers of “workism;” and how effective innovators differentiate from the rest.

  • Do you have the right people on the bus and in the right seats? That’s a question business owners get asked a lot. It’s a reference from the book Good to Great by Jim Collins. Here’s a great metaphor for roles and responsibilities from Andrea Grubb of Trilogy Partners.
  • Don’t let the beginning of this article by Derek Thompson on “workism” put you off reading it. The piece opens talking about the “educated elite” but the data and observations about work, reward, and personal image are much broader and deeper. Excellent stats, trends, and insights.
  • What separates effective innovators from the rest? Key factors here, via Harvard Business Review.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s What’s Hot Wednesday for Business Owners. Please let me know what you’re thinking and if you have something weighing on your mind, remember an Owlthena session is just a video chat away! Imagine a spa for your business brain!

Have a great rest of the week!