On the topic of working with family, I thought I’d publish an excerpt from Elephant Tale – Mostly True Stories About Entrepreneurs, a book I wrote a few years ago.  Each chapter in Elephant Tales tells a story about an experience I had in real life, with the people turned into animals to protect the…

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The most potent leadership trait is humility.  Humility is not the diminishment of oneself.  Humility is the act of subordinating oneself to something higher or better. For you, the company leader, the “something higher” is the purpose of the company.  When you subordinate your wants to the company purpose, it provides a powerful example of…

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Out in the ocean, as long as you see the barest edge of the land, you know exactly where you are.  But move a few yards in the wrong direction, and the horizon disappears.  Without that visual beacon, it is easy to lose your bearings.  You have no idea where you are, or even how…

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There is a conversation that happens all too often when I speak with business owners that makes my head explode! It goes something like this. I’m usually speaking with an owner who is struggling with getting something done for the betterment of their business. The business owner says, “I tell them what to do.  But…

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I was speaking with a colleague who was lamenting her issues with patience. She felt herself either caught the victim of being too patient or losing opportunities by not being patient enough. She wanted to know how to develop more patience and use it more productively. I told her the key thing to understand is…

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  I thought it was obvious the answer is no.  Yet a Google search produced 111,000,000 results of debate, justification, and philosophizing in less than one second.  Regardless of the discussion, the end never justifies the means.  This belief is an essential part of humanity. I know you already know this. Still, sometimes amid the…

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Almost anything is better than 110% effort, because 110% effort doesn’t exist.  Calling for 110% effort is like watching a race and yelling for the runner to “go faster.”  It doesn’t have any effect. Set a Clear Goal If a runner wants to run faster, they will likely have to approach things differently and better. …

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I know someone I only hear from when they want something.  They might want a recommendation.  Or they want to borrow something.  Or they need a special favor. Yet when I reach out to them, I seldom get a response.  And when I do get a reply it is much delayed, or someone else contacts…

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“It was her turn,” said the CEO. I had asked the CEO how a specific member of their leadership team was promoted to that position. I’ve heard other answers like, “They’ve been with me a long time.” “I trust them.  She is very loyal.” “He needed to make more money.” “My [family member] needed a…

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How Important Are the Decisions You Make? Leadership is a lonely position.  Big decisions require wise counsel.  The more critical the decision, the more important the counsel becomes. Do you have the proper support system to help you with decisions?  Do you find yourself struggling, as described by Winston Churchill, “Want of foresight, unwillingness to…

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