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Bruce Everiss is an expert on technology management and marketing, based out of the UK, has an interesting article about clustering and of-course the developments in Austin Texas.

His perspective  on successful locations to build gaming businesses fall directly in-line with Porter’s cluster strategies, its no surprise that businesses who succeed are located inside clusters.

“In America there are lots of clusters, Austin, Texas has very many game companies as do Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston. In Canada Toronto and Montreal have grown quickly as the locations for many companies”

“From the point of view of a developer there are many advantages doing business in a cluster. The human resources and services are all there, geared up just right for running a gaming business. “

Austin, Texas

“From the point of view of an employee there are many advantages to working in a cluster. Job mobility without moving house and security of employment being significant advantages to anyone.”

“if you want to start a game company then do it in a cluster, if you want to work in the games industry then you are best off in a cluster and, if you are already part of a cluster, ensure that you leverage it for your maximum advantage.”

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Carrot & Stick by Frank Fitzgerald

Are you still running towards the carrot? How happy are you with your job? Can you self-motivate to get work done without supervision?

Answers to these questions can be an easy determinant of your current state of social, work or self-motivation.

If you had a chance to read “Innovation – Ideas just need spark & oxygen” then you already know that collaboration and a personal drive to constantly create will lead to success  in innovation. However being personally motivated is a huge task on itself, not to mention being motivated by your employers (How many of you are?).

So let’s break this down into a few important categories (check out the many links for personal research):

Being Self Motivated:

If you watch TV you probably heard of Tony Robins, he is a motivational and self-help speaker; don’t be too quick to associate him with infomercials, there is a lot of good material in his work. Here is one example:

Now Tony is one of many resources on self-motivation, but as you saw from the video self-motivation is often associated with success, and for that here a simple presentation:

Don’t forget to be persistent, just cause you got there doesn’t mean you’ll stay there for long – Sustain Success

Motivating your Employees:

So we got some ideas about the ways each one of us individually can reach out to be motivated and successful. What if you are the boss already? You run the show! Now how do you get your employees to take the company to the next level?

The answer is in social science and as Dan Pink points out “There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does” – Enjoy the video:

Communicating, handling and understanding success:

There are many ways to say what you feel, think and want to others; there are however, also consequences of getting shut down, getting laughed at, criticized and so on.

There is quite a bit in this post already but I don’t think one can talk about motivation and success without understanding communication essentials, being creative and not worrying about criticism.

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Unfortunately an increase in workload has meant a decrease in writing. However, this will change quickly and to mark the change the blog has had a bit of surgery.

The blog title and description are slightly edited to focus more on the brand of “Business Gears” along with a better description of what visitors will find on this blog.

I am also welcoming collaboration from other writers that fit the topic of this blog.

Thanks for continuing to visit and read, I hope some of the information here is relevant and useful! Don’t forget to take a poll and showcase your opinion or leave a comment on your point of view.

Is it worth it?

If you have been paying close attention to all new information about the coveted iPad, then this post will probably not enlighten you. However, if you’re just hearing third-party info, or non at all, then this post is for you!

Here are major issues I (and many others) have with the iPad:

The unoriginal conclusion (since everyone on the net already stated this) – this is a giant iTouch! – It is not unique, not competitive and quite simply disappointing.

What are your thoughts?

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Toyota is becoming the latest case of badly managed public relations (Tiger Woods comes to mind before that). Here’s an article making a comparison to Ford and Firestone tires situation back in 2000.

Toyota is a master of quality products, but where is the marketing team now? With the easy spread of the information and a recall spanning 8 models and millions of vehicles, including complete plant halts in manufacturing, this is the most negative story on Toyota…ever?

So once again, how could have the massive Toyota get ahead of the fallout? Its as simple as publishing a letter, calming people down (including suppliers, factory workers and the public).

Instead? Go to, there is no mention of any situation, then click on “news and events“, you’ll see (as of Jan 26th), 3 articles (all dated Jan 20th) – one with a great title: What To Do In The Event Of Unwanted Acceleration.

It seems to me that given the biggest recall in Toyota history, even a simple statement about how “Toyota is so committed to quality, that they won’t let a single affected vehicle go uninspected” would make a huge difference.

Stay ahead of the problem people, if you don’t, viral marketing will do it for you.

Do you think this affected Toyota’s public image?

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I bring you the new Commandment Tablet..

Apple released it latest and greatest – the weirdly named iPad.

So who wants a giant Pad?

I don’t see the uniqueness, or “intimacy” here – Is it the iPad you’ll take with you for your bathroom reading? (at around $1000)?

How about you? Have it on your wish list already?

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