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8 11, 2015

How to Keep Your Business from Being Uberized

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:04+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Are you afraid of being Uberized? You should be. Uber, Airbnb, and Lyft aren’t just the poster children for the Sharing Economy; they represent the continuation of a truth that is as old as civilization:  someone is actively thinking about how to leverage technology to disrupt your industry. This isn’t [...]

27 10, 2015

Four Changes That Make Growth Happen

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:04+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

You can’t cut your way to growth. Profitability? Yes, at least for a while, but growth is a completely different animal. Growth requires increasing the top line and there are only four basic ways to accomplish that: Sell more of the products or services you currently offer Sell additional products [...]

19 10, 2015

What Companies Do You Love Doing Business With and Why?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:04+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Five Friends share the companies with which they love doing business. Find out what keeps them coming back again and again ... and what your business can learn from their experience.    

27 09, 2015

The One Change Your Company Shouldn’t Make

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:08+00:00 September 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Business today can feel like being transported to the pages of the Louis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  The potential solutions for meeting today’s challenges are just as confusing as the problems:  Change your computer systems, become more customer-centric, start doing social media; stop doing social media; change your [...]

24 09, 2015

Is Your Culture an Anchor or an Accelerator for Change?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:08+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A strong, vibrant organizational culture is the ultimate engine for accelerating change and adapting to new opportunities. It can also be an anchor that holds you back and contributes to your downfall. Which is it for you? History is littered with once great organizations that allowed their culture to act [...]

14 09, 2015

Think Big, Act Bigger and Listen to Your Customers!

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:08+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A note from Randy: I don't often have a guest post on this blog. But, Jeffrey Hayzlett is someone who you need to know. This blog is based on his new book, Think Big, Act Bigger.   Think Big, Act Bigger and Listen to Your Customers!  By Jeffrey Hayzlett I [...]

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.  

31 08, 2015

The Myth and Reality of Your Organization’s Culture

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:08+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

“We don’t do that stuff.” “What stuff?” I inquired to the person in the next seat. Truthfully, I knew what he meant. I had just responded to his question about what I do with my standard elevator speech about helping leaders build cultures that deliver positive results in a world [...]

17 08, 2015

Will Fear and Comfort Kill Your Business?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:09+00:00 August 17th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

What if there was a way to make a 100% improvement in one of the most prevalent complaints customers have about your product and service? You would implement it in a heartbeat, right? In the floral industry, receiving flowers that look nothing like the photo shown on an online ordering [...]

5 08, 2015

Pursing the Future: Learning Faster Is No Longer Enough

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:09+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Flawless execution today is no guarantee of relevance tomorrow. The ability to quickly and continually change and adapt is a competitive advantage —which is why companies like Jim Beam, Procter & Gamble, and Zildjian Cymbals have led for hundreds of years while competitors have fallen by the wayside. Pursuing the [...]