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Are You Working For Your Business or is Your Business Working For You?
Don't abandon your dream of having a succesful that you don't have to operate
The Early Warning Signs of Leaders That Are Struggling
Learn to identify things that let you know one of your key people is not performing well.
Increase Your Odds for Success Promoting from Within
Don't overlook these 6 key characteristics before you promote your next in-house candidate.
How to Better Manage People with One Simple Test
Don't get frustrated over managing people. Learn to use this one simple test for understanding their motivation.
Leadership Resources that Will Boost Your Effectiveness
When your capabilities as a leader start to show signs of unorganized, overwhelmed endless activity, it's time to revisit your most valuable leadership resources for a tune up.
6 Ways to Insure Superior Results in 2017
When the economy heats up, the assumption is that every business benefits. In reality, the businesses who are poised for growth benefit the most while businesses who are unprepared continue to struggle.
A Resourceful Way to Rescue Your Business
Resourcefulness can come from very unlikely areas. Take watching TV as an example. Most hard working business people I know would scoff at spending any amount of time camped out in front of a flat screen. Even worse would be watching reality TV.
Do You Believe in Your Success?
Achieving success in life and in business is a journey, not a single event. Most people never achieve their dreams because they really don’t believe they can make or are worthy of it.
Are You Running Your Business With an Employee Mindset
Now that you run the show, have you shed your employee mindset in order to be a successful business owner? It seems like a simple thing to do; even to recognize but an overwhelming number of business owners I’ve worked with or collaborated with take their employee mindset with them.
Why You Struggle with Accountability and How to Actually Change
One of the reasons many people fail to achieve their dreams or even things that are important to them is lack of accountability. They are simply not taking responsibility for their choices or lack of action on things that are critical to their success.
Learn to Accomplish More by Doing Less
You can't achieve what's more important to you while trying to do everything else. Learn the steps to delegating and let go of the stuff others could do for you.
How to Select the Right Business Partner
Before you jump into a partnership with someone you think you know, follow these steps to insure a better fit with you and your business.
5 Letters That Will Make Your Business More Successful
SALES is one of the only activities I know that will make a business more successful and yet is avoided by most business professionals.
Playing in Your Zone Will Improve Professional Excellence
Playing in your zone is a wonderful place to be. It’s those moments when everything is not only going right but it feels effortless. It’s as though you have done it a million times and each time the outcome is better and better
Why We Secretly Embrace Distractions
Most of the distractions we deal with are ones we create so we can avoid the really important things we should be doing. Before you can reduce or eliminate your distractions, you need to know why you embrace them.
Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Poor Leadership
We have a leadership crisis in this country. Not only from a talent standpoint but from the hidden costs associated with poor performance in various leadership positions at present.
The Real Reason Leaders Don't Delegate
Lack of delegation is a huge problem for many business owners and company executives. For some, its a matter of not knowing how to effectively delegate. For most, however, its a lack of confidence about getting things done through others.
Innovation at Amazon: How Your Business Can Benefit
Amazon has been dominating the business and financial news lately. From record setting stock prices to plans for testing drone delivery capability, Amazon is on track to fundamentally change how we shop for just about any product traditionally available in retail stores. After nearly 20 years of continuous improvement, founder Jeff Bezos is poised for innovation that rivals the automobile, the internet and cell phones in terms of what Amazon will do to change our lives.
How to Overcome a Lack of Leadership Confidence
If you lack the confidence to lead others effectively, don’t let this linger. In the short run, your inability to act or engage your team will result in stalled performance and disruption to the business. In the long run, it will lead to your demotion or departure all together.
Does Your Marketing Appeal to the Customers You Want?
One of the biggest challenges all small businesses face is attracting good customers. The main difference between attracting any customer and a good customer is the appeal of your marketing message.
Business Success: Aligning You With The Results You Want
Owners that achieve business success eventually learn what areas of their business to master. Given the size and complexity of your business, there may be lots of moving parts to oversee which can complicate the concept of successful business owner alignment.
In Business, The Results You See Are The Results You Get
Like driving a car, building a house or preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the family, your chances of getting exactly what you want depends on how well you see the end result before you get there. Running a business is no different.
Seven Networking Tips to Create the Perfect Referral System
Good, productive networking is as much an art and it is science. And while your results will improve the more you practice it, you can achieve great results very quickly if you develop the right strategy and incorporate a few relationship building techniques along the way.
The Consequences of Confusing Authority with Leadership
When organizations don’t function as effectively as they should, it’s the people in charge who are held accountable. Many times, the approach to getting things running smoothly is to rely on one’s authority to clarify direction and performance expectations.
Are You Ready To Start a Business?
Are you getting ready to start your own business? If so, you’ll want to give some thought to a few of the most critical areas of building a successful business. Here’s a hint…. It’s not the product or service you plan to launch!
Eliminate Your Fear of Selling
Are your sales dropping because you are afraid to sell what you offer? The reality is that without sales...
Overcome Procrastination and Free Your Business To Succeed
Almost every person alive procrastinates at one time or another; it’s human nature. But for some people, procrastination can be extremely damaging to both their professional
Improve Your Business by Watching Reality TV
Business improvement processes are just like reality TV shows. They are based on a recipe that delivers a predictable outcome. They provide a winning combination of problem solving...
Boost Your Profits by Working More Effectively
In order to boost your profits, you must work more efficiently by focusing on your highest revenue producing...
F.O.C.U.C.: 'O' Stands For Orientation
Where your focus goes, your energy flows! So it’s not surprising that what you focus on generally gets your best efforts. In a business environment...
How To Make Better Business Decisions
The ability to have a well run, profitable business is largely dependent on being able to make better business decisions. Unfortunately, making business decisions on a timely basis can be difficult...
Passion Fuels But Process Rules
Every entrepreneurial book you read or expert you listen to talks about the need for passion. Passion is the fuel that ignites your idea...
'Hope' & 'Wait' is Not a Good Business Growth Strategy
This week, I met with 2 very determined business owners that could not understand why their company was not making money. The bad news was showing signs of trouble for almost a year...
Making The Leap From Solopreneur to Business Owner
Are you trading time for money? When you started your business, did you envision a day that your business would support you and run without you doing everything? Depending on the business you have...
Stoke Your Passion For Better Performance
Every business, organization and individual needs passion. Without it, we are like robots... just doing a job and getting through the day...