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  • 8 Tips for Dealing with Leadership that’s Not Worth the Effort - VIDEO
    8 Tips for Dealing with Leadership that’s Not Worth the Effort – VIDEO

      Ever have one of those conversations that left you shaking your head after you left the room?  You were amazed regarding the inappropriate leadership behavior and lack of simple management skills of the leader conducting the meeting? Yes, admit it.  Those meetings are incredibly hard to take, especially when [Read More!…]

  • The 3 Keys to an Effective Business Strategy
    The 3 Keys to an Effective Business Strategy

      What does the word strategy mean? Google defines it as derived from the Greek word strategia, which means generalship and refers to leading an army.  In the military sense, it means the art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle.  In the [Read More!…]

  • 7 Tips to Help You Transition when Major Company Changes Come
    7 Tips to Help You Transition when Major Company Changes Come

      A common business practice seems to be more and more companies are always reinventing how things are done.  Restructuring is very common place in the working world today.  And, when change happens, that change can throw the workforce into a tailspin. Because of this practice, outside consulting companies are [Read More!…]

  • 5 Customer Engagements Trending in 2017
    5 Customer Engagements Trending in 2017

      Today’s must-have-it-now society has grown smarter and more knowledgeable about consumer arousal.  Formidable techniques like flashy commercials and cute kids to endorse products are less entertaining and even less effective to push sales.  Like within the shift on law enforcement to show video footage in order to quickly capture [Read More!…]

  • Mistakes Happen at Work... How do You React?
    Mistakes Happen at Work… How do You React?

      Oops.  You screwed up, or someone on your team did.  Big time. Recently, a fellow small business owner was telling me a story about a trusted employee of hers who made a big mistake.  She prefaced this story with the fact the two of them had worked together for [Read More!…]

  • A Will to Overcome Fear Everyone Will Want to Read... Me & a Manatee
    A Will to Overcome Fear Everyone Will Want to Read… Me & a Manatee

      Part 1 – Overcoming Fear There are moments that change your life forever; events in which you instinctively know you will never be the same.   This is my story about two species, each overcoming fears, and the ensuing spiritual exchange. It started on a sunny Florida morning.  As the [Read More!…]

  • Do You Agree Modern Business has become a Facade?
    Do You Agree Modern Business has become a Facade?

      Business is just a façade. Really. Just a façade. Drive down any ‘old’ American ‘main street’ – you see rows of properties that look quite beautiful from a ‘full frontal’ view. But down the sides, even when houses are on a corner, not so much. The buildings are built [Read More!…]

  • Painful Events, Stories & Company Culture
    Painful Events, Stories & Company Culture

      Stories can be powerful tools to shape behavior and dramatically communicate expectations. Wise executives continually seek for opportunities to capture and then relate a story that supports and illustrates the organization’s culture. If the story can be tied to a piece of physical support, then it’s even better. Here’s [Read More!…]

  • 6 Practical Ways to Cut Training Costs
    6 Practical Ways to Cut Training Costs

      According to Training Magazine, U.S. companies spent $70.6 billion on training products and services in 2015. That’s a chunk of change. But even if you have a hefty training budget, it makes sense to spend it wisely. (Maybe you’ll have enough left over to hire Van Halen for the [Read More!…]

  • Jumping On the Bandwagon: Businesses Distort Happiness Science with New Job Titles
    Jumping On the Bandwagon: Businesses Distort Happiness Science with New Job Titles

      A quick view of entry level position descriptions reveals a systemic misunderstanding by businesses and human resource departments of the source of happiness. I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot when they misuse the word happiness. At the very least, they reveal their lack of knowledge of the [Read More!…]

  • 6 Positive Responses to an ‘It is what it is’ Problem
    6 Positive Responses to an ‘It is what it is’ Problem

      There are moments each day where we are all faced with situations that we wish we didn’t have to face. As a business owner, you are faced with business decisions based on something or some things that didn’t go according to plan such as irate customers, mistakes by employees, [Read More!…]

  • Vision Based Planning…Tool & Techniques
    Vision Based Planning…Tool & Techniques

      As mentioned in the 11-Step VBP Part 2, the future is about potential and possibility, not a regurgitation of the past. This is the most important and least understood, part of the VBP workshop process. Planning is not about making the future look like the past, it’s about possibilities [Read More!…]

  • Having Fun in the New Ecommerce Economy - VIDEO
    Having Fun in the New Ecommerce Economy – VIDEO

      “It’s not about ideas.  It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky, Behance Co-Founder No matter what we think or want to believe, the global economy is changing and will continue to change as technology develops, as the world gets smaller and political instability increases. These facts hit me [Read More!…]

  • 3 Hallmarks of Successful Business People
    3 Hallmarks of Successful Business People

      Your future is bright!  It’s up to you to keep it alive and moving forward!  Here are three hallmarks of successful business people.   1 They Know the Importance of Values             The words you use are important, and what you say is important; however, your actions define you.  People will [Read More!…]

  • How Safe are You being with Your New Chip Debit or Credit Card?
    How Safe are You being with Your New Chip Debit or Credit Card?

      Fraud… we hear a lot about it today, but do we really understand how it is impacting us daily?  We hear something in the news and do not really think a lot about it sometimes. The other day, I filled my car with gas.  I pulled out my trusty [Read More!…]

  • Achieve Your Family’s Financial Goals… 10 Tips to Help
    Achieve Your Family’s Financial Goals… 10 Tips to Help

      Writing down goals is a perfect way to stay on track of getting your finances in order.  When you write out your goals, you are more likely to achieve them.  In order to achieve your goals, you must make a plan in order to reach them. You decide where [Read More!…]

  • Treat Your Business Like a Garden & Watch it Grow
    Treat Your Business Like a Garden & Watch it Grow

      Planning for Success Building a successful business is a lot like cultivating a garden.  You have to plan what you want to grow.  I see business owners try one thing after another without ever taking the time to figure out what they want or why they want it. It [Read More!…]

  • The Key Ingredient to Influencing People is Curiosity… Intense Curiosity
    The Key Ingredient to Influencing People is Curiosity… Intense Curiosity

      In an earlier article, “Cultivating Entrepreneurial Skills in Your Child,” I told a short story. In this story, I was five years old and wanted something and my father said to me, “What are you going to do to earn the money to buy this something?” I had no [Read More!…]

  • The ‘Yes Men’ Disconnect & How it Hurts Your Leadership
    The ‘Yes Men’ Disconnect & How it Hurts Your Leadership

      “Very few big executives want to be surrounded by ‘yes’ men.” – Burton Bigelow I heard a somewhat humorous account some years back about the Biblical story of David and Goliath. When the Israelites came up against Goliath all the soldiers thought was, “He’s so big we can never [Read More!…]

  • The 11 Step Vision-Based Planning Process – Part 4
    The 11 Step Vision-Based Planning Process – Part 4

      Part 4 –Vision-Based Planning – Key elements and the 11 Steps – The Strategic Plan Itself. Once the Vision, Values and Mission have been synthesized from the creative, expansionary phase of the process, then the rest of the Steps can be rolled out in a much more logical, progressive [Read More!…]