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Managing The Two “Black Holes” of Business

Marketing and Customer Service are the two “black holes” of business. Both are critical, but neither is ever complete. Unlike more tangible areas of work there is no “quota” to exceed, there is no “inventory” to manage, there is no “work order” to complete. But no matter how much is invested in Marketing and Customer…

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The Only Thing Worse Than Getting It Wrong

I hate my smartphone. It lets me make and receive phone calls… sometimes. It tells me when I receive a voice mail… sometimes. It receives and sends texts… sometimes even on the same day that I or the other person intends. It helps me keep my calendar… sometimes, but never works when I need to…

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The Best Non-Profits Have Much In Common With For-Profits

Over the years I’ve had the blessing of serving non-profits as a volunteer, board member, leadership coach, and as a strategy and performance evaluator. And one big thing has jumped out at me. The best non-profits have much in common with for-profits. Especially in terms of goal setting and strategies. They don’t mistake good works…

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A Crisis in Business Identity

A company who hit a business downturn contacted me, seeking my help with improving their alignment and efficiency. The deeper I dug I realized this was not an alignment issue. It was an identity crisis. The company had grown quickly. Their rapid success had the company running to keep up, and the inflow of money…

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Whatever Happened To Wisdom?

I compiled a list of top leadership traits according to business periodicals, educational institutions, and leadership organizations, and “top 10 lists” (with a few social media pundits for good measure). Here are the top 10 leadership traits from my compilation. Communication Decisiveness Honesty Integrity Confidence Passion Vision Courage Focus Humility What I discovered caused me…

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Books, Peer Groups, and Mentors

It takes time and experience for CEOs to gain the knowledge and wisdom needed to grow their businesses and leadership teams. Three tools that can accelerate the process are books, peer groups and mentors. BOOKS. I love books and am an avid reader. I typically read about eight titles at a time ranging from business and…

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10 Things Everyone Should Know When Entering The Workplace

  A score of 90% is only an “A” in school. In the workplace 90% is only a passing score. Unlike college, there are much higher grades than “A” in the workplace. Only the problems in school all have answers. The ability to quickly assess whether a problem has a ready answer, identify how much…

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A Powerful Tool and Underutilized Tool for Business Leaders

It Is Lonely At The Top Yeah it’s a cliché, but it’s also true. I’ve mentioned this in several postings because it is something every CEO has to deal with to achieve clarity and peace of mind. One underutilized tool to help with this is a CEO peer groups (also called CEO roundtables). A CEO…

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Elevating Your Leadership Team in Five Simple Steps

As company goals and strategic plans are being set for next year, there is a question I commonly hear whispered by CEOs and organization leaders. How do I elevate my team so we can take the company/organization to the next level? Great question. The key to answering this question is to know the core reason…

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Shut Up and Color

“So I told them It was time to shut up and color” he said. I laughed. “Where did you get that?” “Are you kidding?” my friend said. “You.” “It was while you were leading the integration of the companies after we were acquired. You flew across the country to spend a day or two with…

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