Blog: Random Thoughts and Teaching

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The topics might be different, but the destination is the same.

NETWORKING IN A PANDEMIC

Do you miss networking?  Even though it is not natural for me, it is good for me and my business.  So I do it. Networking gets you noticed and drives all-important word-of-mouth recommendations.  It is an excellent opportunity to help others and learn by finding qualified and willing mentors as well as hearing about changes…
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LET’S GET REAL. HOW CAN I HELP?

There are so many different organizations with different issues these days, and there is so much to write about, I thought I’d ask directly, “What is the top issue you are facing today?” Please respond by return email.  I will keep all responses confidential.  No individually identifiable information will be published. I will use the…
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5 THINGS A SUCCESSFUL PIVOT CAN IMPROVE (AND 3 IT CAN’T)

A pivot is a shift from a fixed point to gain an advantage. Essentially, a pivot is a change in strategy to focus the company on an existing internal strength or a gap in the market, it is equipped to meet. Here are 5 things a successful pivot can improve for your business. Target the…
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EMBRACING FAILURE

I was having lunch with a friend of mine.  He asked, “Have you ever failed at anything?”  “Yes,” I said.  He seemed surprised, “I mean something really big, something that matters.”  “Absolutely,” I said and gave him a couple of examples.  My friend spent the rest of the meal trying to convince me that either…
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ARE YOU READY TO PIVOT?

We’ve all heard “ready, aim, fire,” as the instructions for hitting a target.  We often use it as a metaphor in business.  The first stage is ready.  What does it mean to be ready? In business, ready is preparation. Target is the goal setting. Fire is the execution of the plan. Consider target shooting as…
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GOOD TO GREAT REDUX

Small business owners are struggling with a lot these days, COVID-19 health fears, correctly applying for and spending stimulus funds, regulatory limits on business, erratic supply chains, and protecting employees (and customers) in the workplace.  Stacked upon that is the need to reinvent or pivot their businesses for the future economy.  With all the pressure…
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