Customer Experience:  Building a Path to Spectacular

By Todd Garretson / June 19, 2014 / Comments Off on Customer Experience:  Building a Path to Spectacular

Every year (virtually every year!), we reserve the spring break week for Disney World in Orlando, FL. While late for the kids, a favorite experience, without question is the fireworks display every night over the castle in the main park. It’s always interesting to see oodles of family memories being made at ALL times throughout…

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Why You Need to Play Connect Four with Your Children

By Todd Garretson / May 22, 2014 / Comments Off on Why You Need to Play Connect Four with Your Children

We recently celebrated summer birthdays for my two boys before school let out so that their friends could attend before summer vacations.  My three older children are now very skilled at strategically hovering during the present opening to find the one gift that the birthday kid does not appear interested-in and are quick to “snatch-and-run”.…

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4 Questions that will Reframe Your Strategy

By Todd Garretson / May 15, 2014 / Comments Off on 4 Questions that will Reframe Your Strategy

Thinking of starting a business?   Or have you started already, but progress is slow or has stalled? Perhaps you have been in a family or founder-led business for a lengthy period of time and are experiencing another plateau of little to no growth? Maybe you are primed and ready for expansion into new channels,…

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The New Shape for Growth

By Todd Garretson / April 5, 2014 / Comments Off on The New Shape for Growth

The struggle I’ve always had with the mountain is that it never gets any higher.  Once you climb to the destination, the journey is over …for the most part. The problem with building the new structure, is that the trucks eventually leave the site.  Once the project is complete, nothing more happens until everything starts…

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Do You Fly Delta?

By Todd Garretson / March 27, 2014 / Comments Off on Do You Fly Delta?

Do you fly Delta? If you do, you’re in luck.  Your next big idea could be sitting in a window seat next to you. Strategic alliances are best formed with a dual-sided intent to create more, new and/or better value for customers through a new innovation.  More than ever, the BIG ideas that deliver BIG…

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Are You Curious Enough? [Week 3]

By Todd Garretson / March 18, 2014 / Comments Off on Are You Curious Enough? [Week 3]

Every morning after my oldest daughter and son get on the bus for school, my youngest son loves to watch Curious George.  Until it’s time to leave for pre-school, he runs off and tries to emulate George through playtime. Do you remember George?  How about the Man with the Yellow Hat?  Of course you do!…

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This Year's Top Three Strategic Challenges

By Todd Garretson / March 12, 2014 /

This short (1:42) video clip, featuring Columbia Business Professor and author, Rita McGrath, outlines the top three strategic challenges for companies in 2014.  The first two challenges she mentions point to the following: 1.  Companies are not confident in their talent.  Through research, many top executives cite they simply ‘don’t have the right OR enough…

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How to Get on the Road-Less-Traveled

By Todd Garretson / March 1, 2014 / Comments Off on How to Get on the Road-Less-Traveled

If you are new here, please jump over to the right hand side of this page and leave your email in the subscribe box! Now, onto the BIG idea that has been doing somersaults inside me for the last several months – so excited to share it!  So big that it deserved a special detour…

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2014…..Ready, Set, GROW!  

By Todd Garretson / January 16, 2014 / Comments Off on 2014…..Ready, Set, GROW!  

I hope this message finds you off to a great start in 2014! Today, I am excited to share with you the official launch of this blog and the consulting practice, CircleMakers, focused on transforming businesses with explosive growth strategy. The name CircleMakers was inspired by the book, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson; ultimately, a story…

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Founder Todd Garreston

With over 15 years of experience leading market share growth initiatives of top consumer brands in Fortune 500 and privately-held business environments, Todd Garretson advises and helps organizations identify new growth potential, craft strategy that moves people to action and enhance overall performance.

Having a passion for helping people and organizations to unlock dormant growth potential, Todd writes and speaks for audiences in three core areas: business growth strategy, leadership and personal / professional growth.

Residing in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Lauri, and their four children, weekends and free time are spent with family, coaching youth sports, and sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition.