Introduction to the Business Diamond Framework

The Business Diamond Framework&trade is a tool I’ve created in the past couple of years to help businesses achieve profitable growth. From time to time, you’ll read about the Framework and how you can apply it to your business.

The Business Diamond Framework™ started life as a way for me to quickly understand my clients’ marketplace, goals, and needs so that I could write for them more effectively. But later, it became a tool that helped businesses to learn more about themselves, to develop competitor-defying innovation, and to implement strategy effectively.

Here’s why it’s relevant: Businesses want to grow but a growth path is not clearly laid out for them. They need to create strategy but which strategy to choose? There are a multitude of strategic development tools out there, but which ones are the right ones?

That’s what the Business Diamond Framework™ solves. The Framework combines two things:

  • A new way to think about a business
  • A methodology

Favorite commercials: The most interesting man in the world

My favorite commercials right now are for Dos Equiis. “The Most Interesting Man in the World” is a brilliant series and have done what plenty of other marketing has failed to do: Entice me to buy their product. The beer is decent (I’ve tasted better, I’ve tasted worse) and I have no illusions about actually becoming interesting, but the commercials entertain and — more importantly — the stick. When I’m at the beer store I see Dos Equis, I laugh at the memory of the commercial, and I buy the product.

Venture capital and private equity articles

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This past summer and fall I had the privilege of working with members of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association on the first issue of their magazine.

aaronhoos_client_cvca_pcmag Private Capital delivers news, opinion, and insight into the venture capital industry.

Visit the magazine’s web page here and download the premier issue here (8.5 Mbs).

My articles included:

  • Feature article: “The uncertain future of income trusts:
    Examining their role in businesses”
  • Feature article: “Investing in the future: The Macquarie Group’s efforts to help the less fortunate”
  • Column: “Canada’s buyout and VC sectors proving their mettle”
  • Column: “LP Trends In troubled times, where are savvy investors placing their bets?”

Notes

Roger McNamee, who is interviewed by another writer in this magazine, is one of those eccentric industry geniuses that break the mould. Hear him speak. His insight is pure gold.

Testimonial

“Aaron is easy to work with, responsive, enthusiastic and does good work. Would recommend him to other employers seeking a quality writer.”

-Distinctive Media Group

Google Trends: (mis)fortune teller

I was in Google Trends the other day, doing some research for a client. On a whim, I decided to also see the search trend for “recession”. What an interesting find! Here is Google’s Trend graph:

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At first glance, it’s shocking to see how much the search volume and news references have grown. It’s shocking, but not a huge surprise: the recession is bad but the badness is stoked like a fire by the media.

But there’s something I find even more fascinating: Look at the first quarter of 2007. Recession searching spiked there. By today’s standards it wasn’t much, but compared to the amount that it was searched prior to that, it was huge. If someone had been paying attention, they would have had almost an entire year of warning before the through-the-roof spike in the beginning of 2008. Time to sell stocks, short stocks, lock in customers, and reduce inventory.