Groove Network. Are you in it?

If you are in a business that passes documents around to be reviewed and edited over and over before they are ready to be posted for advertising or for a client, then you have probably already heard of a software solution to help keep your “floating” documents organized from Groove Network. You may not be aware that there is another option out there. In this article you will be presented with some basic information about the differences in collaboration software from Groove Network and NextPage.

Idea behind collaboration software.

The central idea behind having collaboration software is that it allows business professionals to work directly with other business professionals by allowing them to work together to create business documents, presentations, and budgets. Most collaboration software is centralized. This allows business professionals to work on the same documents at the same time from different locations. Some centralized collaboration software solutions include Groove Network, Microsoft SharePoint, Documentum, and Filenet.

Groove Network Advantages.

There are a few advantages to using centralized collaboration software such as Groove Network. The main advantage being that they work very well for team collaboration. Groove Network’s software keeps all files, projects, and data in one centralized location that everyone who is working on the project can access. This allows them to review and update the same document that everyone else has used, which essentially keeps everyone working on the same page.

Drawbacks to Groove Network.

While the collaboration software solution provided by Groove Network is very useful and beneficial, there are a few drawbacks to using it. The main disadvantage being that Groove Network’s software requires the use of an IT infrastructure. Another potential drawback is that it requires an extensive amount of installation time. Other collaboration software options out there also require everyone you work with to have the same software in order to share information. All of these drawbacks to centralized collaboration software can be very expensive and inconvenient.

Are there any other options?

An alternative solution to the centralized collaboration software is NextPage. NextPage 1.5 Collaboration Software tracks documents with Digital Thread technology. Say, for instance, that you are working on your company’s budget. You want to make sure that your facts and figures are correct so you send your spreadsheet to several of your co-workers for review. They look over the spreadsheet and make the necessary changes. They then return their spreadsheet version to you, and with NextPage 1.5, you simply merge the document versions together into one. NextPage 1.5 lets you see all of this visually via a graphical version history. With the graphical version history, you would always know where the various versions of your spreadsheet are stored, what changes have been made, who has reviewed your spreadsheet, when the revisions were made, and how the revisions fit together. NextPage makes it easy to see where the document has been and what revisions have been made.

So what are the major advantages of using NextPage?

The major advantages to using NextPage’s collaboration software include the following:

o Do NOT need a centralized server

o Do NOT need an IT infrastructure

o Installation can be done in a matter of minutes

o Will work with associates who are NOT NextPage subscribers

o Solves document management problems where they originate

In conclusion, if you are in a business that could greatly benefit from using collaboration software, look at and evaluate the possible software options out there and see which one will be of the most benefit to you in your company. I have presented a few ideas for you to think about and get you started in your decision. So get out there and organize your document management!

3 Steps to Get Your Groove Back

I talked about the lesson my little dog Lyra taught me – all about climbing that fence to go for your goal.

Today I want to chat a bit about how to swing beyond our new economy fences – to find our Groove and hit it outta the park of life. So here’s what I did over the past weekend to begin finding my fences, and start to get my groove back.

First, you have to find your fences. Fences are created by our gravity beliefs. Sometimes they are obvious, sometimes they are subtle. So here are the things I looked for:

  • I can’t. Those words belong in a dumpster for limiting beliefs. I simply started paying attention to how many times I thought or said “I can’t”. It astounded me. I can’t buy that house, I can’t afford this, I can’t start that project, I can’t make that call – they won’t want to work with me. I can’t workout tonight, I’m too tired. I was drowning in my I can’ts. BAH…sneaky little things had wormed their way into my life and were like a viral attack – everywhere.
  • Smaller dreams. This was a big one for me. I went back to my diaries from the past few years and scanned them. That’s when I saw the picture of me shrinking. My goals and dreams from 2007 were so dramatically larger than my goals and beliefs of today. When did that happen? Sure, I’ve had a lot of bad things happen in my life in the past four years – make that 14. But when did I stop bouncing back? When did I start to shrink? Wow.
  • Giving up. This one went hand in hand with the shrinking. In some cases, I simply gave up on my dreams. Decided I wasn’t supposed to have certain things in my life, wasn’t supposed to enjoy a complete and full life – because I already had enough. My business didn’t need to grow, my home was good enough without my horses with me, my plan for a new product wasn’t that important – no one would want it anyway in this economy. What garbage.

My list was LONG. Take some time to make yours. And don’t avoid the reality. Put it down on paper in all its glory – and Gravity.

Now that you found all the constrictions, what do you do about them?

Second, shift your thinking patterns. For every limited goal or dream- expand it. And go beyond your original dream. Make it bigger than ever.

  • If you think you can’t make a certain amount next year – increase that goal by 50% more. Aim big and then believe you can get there. Look at other people making the kind of money you want to make and learn from them.
  • If you think your business can’t grow – set a goal that’s beyond any growth you’ve ever done. Look around at other businesses that are doing just that kind of growth and get inspired. Learn from them, get ideas, get energized and get back in the Groove of Success instead of Gravity.
  • Pick one dream that you gave up and start working on it – right now. List the rest of those forgotten wonders and write down a step you can take to start toward them.
  • For every single dream that’s been suffocated thanks to shrinking, giving up or never trying – write down an opposite belief and goal, bigger than the one your started with.

Now focus on those goals and repeat them to yourself until they feel comfortable again. That may take a while, but my bet is a few of them will immediately resonate and feel great. Take that great feeling and apply it to the rest of the harder to believe again goals on the list.

Third – Take Action. Get out there and start swinging. Part of getting you Groove back is all about taking a positive action in the groove. Sitting on the sidelines, thinking about it, pondering every aspect, waiting for the right time or opportunity is Gravity at work. Stepping up and doing something, taking a step forward in a positive state is how you get your groove going again.

Prioritize your list. Maybe it’s based on what’s easier or harder. Or maybe it’s about what’s more fun than work. It doesn’t matter. I started with goals I could accomplish quickly- so I’d get a groovy winning feeling early in the process. Now formulate a plan to get going on your top three goals or dreams that have been stuck in Gravity. Every day, take that list and pick three things, one each for three goals, and DO them. Don’t think about it, don’t plan and ponder. Get out and take action.

That’s my 3 step approach. It’s working for me already, and it feels great to be groovy again. That’s why I wanted to share it.

SO…. turnabout is fair play. You get to share too. What works for you? How do YOU get your groove back?

Developing Your Groove

As this subject comes up a lot during music business seminars, I thought I’d blog on it. So let’s take a look at this:

First it takes some courage! Yes courage to choose a profession notorious for its up and downs, rejections and long road and with no guarantees! I remember when I came to my crossroads – get a regular steady job or go for it as a pro musician. For me it was easy as my passion for music and dislike for most everything else made it a simple decision. But I had many around me, family and friends, constantly warning me about this choice and that I needed to have something to fall back on. But the more they warned me, the more I knew this was my choice.

The next ingredient is persistence; persistence to study and practice as much as it takes to become proficient on your instrument of choice in order to compete in the marketplace because after all……it’s all about your word of mouth. It also takes persistence to keep on going no matter what. Giving up is not an option. The goal is the top of Mt Everest and the conviction is the summit or die in the assault!

Next would be personal integrity which translates to being willing to be yourself, to play the notes YOU want to play and play them well and with confidence and intention. Sounds simple but not so easy to do yet therein lies the way for you to communicate YOUR inner self and that’s what people really want you to do, trust me. Don’t ever deny yourself; only YOU can deliver your message. Once you achieve this ability – to play honest notes – you are already successful! The rest will follow and simply takes competence and persistence!

The next and probably most important of all is the giving of more than expected! Yes that’s right – ALWAYS give more than expected and what was paid for as that’s what gives you great word of mouth, great PR. That’s how you get “call backs” and references. Success in the entertainment industry is a) being referred to a gig and than b) delivering the goods way beyond what was expected – home run! You’re on your way!

Re: Delivering the goods: This demands competence on your instrument and your ability to communicate effortlessly to an audience. You should spend a considerable amount of quality time practicing the fundamentals of your instrument whether it’s a music school, private instruction or self study or all of the above. In this stressful economy it’s even more important that you have the competitive edge so don’t skimp on your training. There’s still plenty of work for those who can really play and are willing to communicate.

Here are some tips for your success:

1. Always envision the ideal scene – your dream as accomplished. This means whatever you want to achieve, imagine it as already done and achieved in your universe until it is actually done in the physical universe.

2. Make sure you’re on purpose as an artist meaning you’re doing what YOU want to do. Passion is everything and if you’re not doing exactly what you want, how can you expect to have any passion? Audiences aren’t stupid; they know sincerity and passion. Example: if your passion is progressive jazz fusion than that’s what you practice and play and promote for. Never consult with anyone regarding YOUR purpose other than yourself! Anybody or anything that gets in your way should be politely ignored and/or removed as the case may warrant. Once you achieve what you wanted in an area, keep doing those things that got you there and/or move on to a new game or area.

3. Be very product and service oriented meaning finish to professional competitive industry standards all products – CD’s, videos, DVD’s, music instruction manuals, performances etc. The key thing here is finish so it can be released and exchanged with the public. (A CD idea in one’s head is not a valuable final product. You must confront the time and money and production barriers and finish the bloody thing! Waiting for that illusive record deal is totally being a victim. Wait for no one and depend on no one!) Professional industry standards mean how does it stand up to the standard that’s currently selling or has been exchanged in the past? One has to be brutally honest here, doesn’t one? If one is a singer and sings a little out of tune, then one handles this; if one is a drummer and one’s time is weak, well get it handled. Promoting a weak product and/or service doesn’t work. When and if it does, it eventually fails anyway and besides, pride and accomplishment and work ethic apply here – that’s what a pro is.

4. Always try and make your products and services a knock out so they produce an incredible effect on your audience and thus get great word of mouth. Always try and go that extra mile and give way more than what might be expected.

5. Do lots of personal research in order to develop the correct business relationships to promote your products and services to. Personal research means – contacting those who might be able to help in some way, surfing the internet, reading the trade magazines, going to concerts/clubs, jamming with others; in other words pay attention to your particular zone. Hoping someone will contact you doesn’t work. You must flow inordinate amounts of energy outwards for that to occur. Also, you must do it because you want to… not only for the money and/or fame. That’s why number two above is so so important.

6. There should be no such thing as giving up! Just keep on delivering your products and services until the tea kettle whistles. If it doesn’t whistle (rejection), never let it affect you for very long; never stop practicing and creating, never. Simply get even more determined and refine your products and services even further until it does.

7. Always keep in communication with your developed personal and business relationships and flow them back the energy they flowed you when they need it… this includes your fans!!!