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29 11, 2016

Five Reasons Why Your Business Will Become Lethargic

By | 2016-11-29T04:02:08+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Your business didn’t start out with the intent to become lethargic and ultimately irrelevant. It began with an idea that would provide a product or service that is faster, better, cheaper, or friendlier than your competitors. Sometimes that idea was an enhancement of what currently existed in the marketplace. Other [...]

20 11, 2016

Five Lessons from the Five Friends Business Summit

By | 2016-11-20T20:21:13+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Didn't make it to the Summit? Find out a few of the ideas you missed. Were you there? Here a a few key ideas to remember.  

14 11, 2016

Nothing Changes Until You Tell Yourself the Truth

By | 2016-11-14T14:48:27+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Depending on your preferred quote, the truth will make you miserable,  make you mad, and set you free … but not until it is finished with you. I take no comfort in contradicting James Garfield, Aldous Huxley, David Foster Wallace, and especially Jesus.  The truth, however, cannot exercise its enormous [...]

31 10, 2016

Want a Culture of Accountability? Take a Look at Your Discipline Process

By | 2016-10-31T15:07:33+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Take a moment to answer this question: How do you build and sustain a culture of commitment, accountability, engagement, and results? Did your list contain hiring for fit, coaching and developing people, providing an engaging environment, providing feedback, open communication, creating a sense of community, and offering competitive pay and [...]

18 10, 2016

Three Ways Your Business Sabotages Long-Term Success

By | 2016-10-18T02:01:53+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Your business will probably not last forever. Fifty percent of start-up businesses fail within the first five years. The average lifespan of a Fortune 500 company is only 40 to 50 years. S&P 500 companies stuck around for an average of 67 years in the 1920’s. Today they last an [...]

4 04, 2016

From Good to Gone: Three Ways Your Business Is Shooting Itself in the Foot

By | 2016-04-04T23:48:42+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sooner or later, your business will probably die. The statistics for a start-up business are well known—50 percent fail within the first five years. Even the biggest companies are not immune from eventual obsolescence, however. The average life span of a Fortune 500 company is only 40 to 50 years. [...]

28 03, 2016

Be Aware and Apprehensive Not Afraid

By | 2016-03-28T14:13:26+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The scariest change and potential disruption on the horizon is the one that you never see coming. The most effective leaders and organizations minimize the potential for chaos by operating in a positive state of perpetual awareness and apprehension. The least effective act as if they are afraid. Which one [...]

1 12, 2014

A Piece of Colored Ribbon

By | 2016-12-05T19:33:31+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Years ago I visited the transportation museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia. There was a wall as you entered that contained campaign battle ribbons dating back to the earliest wars and military conflicts for the United States. The wall inspired a sense of awe once you recognize the sheer scope and [...]

11 07, 2012

What’s Up With the Economy? Uncertainty

By | 2012-07-11T14:06:28+00:00 July 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Another month, and another weaker than expected jobs report. So what’s up with the economy? Welcome to the new normal: Unemployment that is higher than anything we can remember in decades. Scores jobs are available due to a lack of skilled workers. Slow growth that feels like a recession even though technically it isn’t, and most of all, uncertainty.

25 05, 2011

How Important Are Your Values? What Is Your Number 2?

By | 2011-05-25T18:31:34+00:00 May 25th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Values – every company hangs them on the wall and distributes them on wallet cards. It is the same for individuals. Ask ten of your friends to list their values, and at least eighty percent will use words like respect, integrity, and honesty. So how important are your values? Will you sacrifice them for the results and outcomes you desire? Are they so important that you would lay down your life – figuratively or literally – to protect them?