Dare to be Contagious! ™ blog launches!

Happy New Year’s Eve! 

As we transition to 2008, I am launching my blog, “Dare to be Contagious! ™

As you may know, after 25 years as a successful retail executive I recently left my role as SVP/GM for Harry & David Stores to launch my own venture, “Osorio Group.”  If this is your first time “meeting” me, check the “about” page for a bit more on my biography.

Osorio Group will be an umbrella firm covering my public speaking, consulting, and coaching services.  My site, www.osoriogroup.com, launches this coming Saturday, January 5th, 2008.  I invite you to check out the site and let me know what you think!  I look forward to your feedback and hopefully your referrals too!

So what’s this blog all about?  Dare to be Contagious! ™ is the tagline and philosophy for my new venture.  It refers to my belief that knowledge is only powerful when it is shared with others to enrich, enlighten, and enhance their lives.

I am a “lifelong learner”.  I love to devour information gleaned from articles, books, presentations and most importantly, conversations.  The internet has, of course, dramatically increased the resources available to me.  I have always sought to bring new thinking, ideas, tips and techniques to my workplaces.  I believe that the companies I worked for and the bosses, peers, and subordinates I worked with benefitted from this knowledge transfer in terms of increased sales & profits, improved processes, products & services, and the significant and ongoing development of talent.

My new venture will allow me to continue transferring knowledge through speaking engagements, consulting, and coaching.  Plus, I will have two free email products which will allow me to communicate to an opted-in audience on a regular basis.  In the future, I also plan on having teleseminars and other web-based products to reach even more people.

I am certainly following my own advice to “be contagious” with my knowledge.  But even these methods will not completely fulfill my mission to pass on knowledge and passion.  Therefore, I have launched this blog as a means to communicate freely whenever the need strikes me.

The blog will include postings on retail:  trends, branding, consumer behavior, leadership, talent development, and more.  I will also post on other areas I am passionate about:  food, wine, travel, music, art, etc.

I hope you will find the blog interesting and that it provides value among all your sources of information, learning, and entertainment.  Please post your comments (freely and often!) by clicking on the “comments” link below each post. 

 See you in 2008!


3 Responses to Dare to be Contagious! ™ blog launches!

  1. Sandy Healy says:

    I cannot wait to Dare to be Contagious! Here’s to a passionate and fun-filled 2008!!

    Congratulations, my friend!


  2. Joe Toth says:

    My best to you in your new venture. As contagious as you are, I hope to be “infected” frequently through 2008. Thanks for your mentoring and friendship through the years!

    My new favorite brand is OG!

    Warm Regards,

  3. John Clark says:

    Way to go Mike, the website is awesome and you are over the top with the content of your programs. I wish you all the best and look forward to your success. Thanks for all your thoughts and ideas over the years, you really made a difference for me.

    Here’s to huge successes in your new venture – John

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