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HOW TO SELL DOG TRAINING

The business owner was an experienced dog trainer who needed to turn her part-time venture into a full-time business. She advertised “Dog Training” and received a good number of inquiries weekly. But most of the people who called wanted “sit, stay and fetch” for $20 an hour. Her offering was four 2-hour sessions at $100…

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IS IT MORE IMPORTANT TO BE RIGHT OR…

Too often conversations about teamwork, delegation, and empowerment, I hear comments like, “but what if they don’t come up with the right answer?”, or some variation thereof. It’s a red herring. Think of a problem. Now think of 10 ways to resolve the problem.  Force yourself to come up with 10 different solutions. Consider the…

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HOW TO HAVE MORE FUN AND MAKE MORE MONEY – PART 3

The steps to having more fun and making more money are aligning your business’ purpose with your personal purpose, creating business goals that fulfill the purpose with strong execution and surrounding yourself with people who support your purpose and who have the ability to accomplish the goals. People are important. The “right” people are often…

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HOW TO HAVE MORE FUN AND MAKE MORE MONEY – PART 2

The first step to having more fun and making more money is to align your business’ purpose with your personal purpose. The second step is to create and execute business goals that progress the business’s purpose. This might sound easy, but it’s not.  And more important, it’s not common. According to research done by the…

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HAVE MORE FUN AND MAKE MORE MONEY – PART I

Do you want to have more fun and make more money? Here’s the first step I use with CEOs and business owners. It all starts with purpose.  The raison d’être.  The reason for existence. There’s a lot of talk these days about purpose and purpose-driven companies.  Purpose-driven companies can acquire and retain more customers, employees…

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DEALING WITH INSANITY

I saw someone wearing a t-shirt the other day with the kind of snarky comment that I appreciate with my sense of humor. It read: “I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.” After a chuckle, I wanted to buy this t-shirt to give it to the owners and CEOs of companies…

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CAN YOU PICTURE YOUR BONSAI TREE?

The original Karate Kid movie was released in 1984, a coming of age story of Daniel, a young man, whose mentor and best friend is an elderly Japanese maintenance man, Mr. Miyagi.  The movie is an excellent blend of teen angst, Asian wisdom, and martial arts. One of my favorite scenes is when Mr. Miyagi…

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IS YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE “NICE” OR “KIND”?

The commercial message for the KIND® protein bar was a smart play on words, “Nice tells you what you want to hear, but kind is honest.” It brought me back to a time long ago that taught me to be kind, instead of nice. I was at a software company, and we were having difficulties finding new…

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A Real Life Leadership Story

A Real Life Leadership Story A college senior I know was the Director of a team of engineering students competing in SAE Aero Design, an international competition to design, build and fly an original aircraft.  I was asked to coach him in leadership and team building. The time came for the competition.  There were dozens…

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YOU ARE WHAT YOUR CUSTOMERS SAY YOU ARE

Years ago I joined a company just as they were preparing to launch a new (and expensive) marketing campaign. A focus group comprised of a dozen customers was invited to preview the campaign. As the new executive, I was asked to attend. The central message of the campaign was “innovation.” Its focus centered upon all…

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