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Beth Makes the “Forty Under 40” List!

Posted by    |   January 18th, 2011   |   No responses

The Boulder County Business Report released today the names of the 2011 Forty Under 40 honorees, and I'm proud to say that my business partner and co-owner of Insight Designs, Beth Krodel, deservingly made the list. I won't say how old Beth is, but suffice it to say this was her last chance. Here's what BCBR publisher Christopher Wood had to say: "We were very impressed by the quality of the nominations and the caliber of the individuals nominated. The Boulder Valley is very fortunate to have these dynamic young professionals poised to assume leadership roles - and many who have already done so." Read the full article and see the complete list here. Woo-hoo!
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The Liquor Mart Launch – just in time for the holidays!

Posted by    |   December 3rd, 2010   |   No responses

I'm proud to say that today we launched a new and drastically-improved website for a Boulder icon - Liquor Mart. The new custom-designed site uses a Magento-powered e-commerce system with all the bells and whistles:
  • a product catalog with more 12,000 SKUs with real-time inventory
  • reward points that are awarded for each purchase and can be redeemed for discounts
  • a slick delivery module that allows customers to schedule their package delivery
  • custom online coupons and case discounts calculated at checkout
  • special features including compare products, recommended products, product photo zoom and more.
The site also includes several new content sections such as Wine Wisdom, Brews News, Cocktail Corner, a blog called Simply Served, videos, audios, a party planning feature and more! And all of it can be managed by Liquor Mart staff through a password-protected CMS. I bought all the alcohol for tonight's Insight Designs holiday open house from -- ordering was a breeze, all the coupons worked, and the delivery showed up right on time. Check it out, and fill up on spirits for the holidays!
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Meeting Behavior

Posted by    |   September 19th, 2008   |   No responses

During a recent Insight Designs meeting, I noticed that the momentum of our discussions was often plagued by interruptions, people looking at cell phones and an unintentional lack of respect for the person speaking. This led me to believe that this is a good time for a brief meeting etiquette refresher. In today’s technology dominated business environment, human interaction can sometimes suffer as our communication relies more and more on emails, instant messaging, cell phones, etc. Unfortunately this digital communication can sometimes result in poor behavior during meetings. With this mind, it may be a good time for us to take a moment and look at seven things we can all do to improve our meeting etiquette.
  1. Be on time, or -- even better -- arrive early. When you aren’t there, everyone wonders where you are and when you come late, everyone wonders why you are late.
  2. Have a good attitude. Come to the meeting with the understanding you are coming to a meeting that will provide information for your benefit.
  3. Leave your electronic devices at your desk. If you find that you have accidentally brought one with you to the meeting, turn it off. We can all go an hour without contact with the outside world.
  4. Respect the speaker. Remember that the person leading the meeting is offering his or her time and energy. So don’t look at your watch, don’t sigh, don’t yawn (or at least hide it), and don’t whisper to the person next to you.
  5. If you have a question or comment, don’t interrupt. Try the old-school method of raising your hand and allowing the speaker to come to a point where they can take your question.
  6. Stay focused on the subject/task at hand. Limit your comments to the topic of the meeting.
  7. Listen and pause before you react to a comment. A meeting is not a competition or a debate, it’s a chance to learn and participate.
All too often, a meeting is seen as an intrusion into the workday as opposed to being viewed as an opportunity for everyone in the company to learn and improve. Start by following the seven steps above, and perhaps the perception of meetings in your organization can change for the better.
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