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8 09, 2015

Five Ideas to Make Your Business Better

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:08+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Five Friends share ideas to make your business better in this special video version of the Five Friends blog.   See what Scott McKain, Larry Winget, Joe Calloway, Mark Sanborn, and I have to say.  

9 08, 2015

How Do I Stay Inspired?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:09+00:00 August 9th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

From Mark Sanborn: The quick answer is that my greatest inspiration comes from my faith, family and friends, in that order. While true, that answer is incomplete. On a practical level there is a fourth thing that helps me stay inspired, and that is focus. There are four valuable activities [...]

21 07, 2015

Changing to Hit a Moving Target

By | 2015-07-21T00:53:02+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

“Our organization isn’t working as well as it needs to be. Things aren’t bad. They used to be much better. The just aren’t that way now.” Every leader has, at some point, felt that everything is harder than it should be. Maybe the team is stressed from pushing itself harder [...]

22 06, 2015

New Trends in Leadership

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:10+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

From Scott McKain: My buddy, former Vietnam POW Charlie Plumb, called me last week.  “Since you’re in town, why don’t you come over for dinner?  My friend Dick, you and I can grab something.”  Sounded like a plan! Imagine my surprise to arrive at Charlie’s house to discover his friend [...]

15 06, 2015

Preparing to Win in an Uncertain Future

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:11+00:00 June 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Uncertainty is everywhere. In fact, the list of potential disruptions reads like the script from the Ginsu Knife commercials of the 1980’s—just when you think you have identified all of the potential challenges, someone says “Wait! There’s more!” There are the obvious examples such as increased competition; governmental regulation; the [...]

21 04, 2015

If Speaking Was a Trade

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:15+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A prospect recently asked my fee for a one-hour speech. Their response to my answer was, “I thought plumbers and electricians were expensive.” With absolutely no disrespect to those who work in the trades, my clients would freak if I ran my business like the trades. First, the total hourly [...]

5 04, 2015

Why Change is So Hard

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:16+00:00 April 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Billy Crystal gave voice to what we all have felt: “Change is so hard.” Change, by definition, causes at least some level of discomfort. If it happens easily and overnight, it isn’t really change. That is the way it works. But understanding why change is difficult can help you and [...]

31 03, 2015

What To Do About the Biggest Problems Facing Business

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:16+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In our last blog, The Five Friends each gave their opinion about what they considered to be the biggest problems facing businesses in the next five years. In this blog, each will give their solution to the problem they discussed.  From Randy Pennington: How do you become more nimble and [...]

21 03, 2015

The Future and Change

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:17+00:00 March 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

What does the future look like? It is difficult to be 100 percent certain, but here are six trends that I believe will be a big part of our lives and work going forward: Customer expectations will continue to increase. Today’s “WOW!” experience will become tomorrow’s “Been There — Done [...]