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The Common Thread Among Thriving Enterprises . . .

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Is a lack of complacency and fear that they are not as good as their latest product / service which is becoming obsolete when it hits the market. And they may not be as good as what others have under development. Only enterprises with that mentality, who believe that even their most ostensibly successful activities can be improved upon, or should be dropped altogether, when a rival comes up with ...

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Good Morning and Happy New Year!

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Four Leadership Issues in the Improved Economy: Leaders neglecting to engage their talented people in the conversation of where the business is going. These people represent the guts and soul of the improved productivity, business and creativity that is needed in the competitive economy. Leaders who do not put in adequate time into improving the systems and processes by which all activities and ...

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Trying to do things that seem impossible

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It seems that many of the things we do in life – raising a family, sustaining a marriage, building a business, finding customers, building a team, motivating and leading others to do things that are difficult amid uncertainty – are almost illogical, and could seem impossible. My daughter helps run a classic business and fitness club where she’s constantly busy, hiring and ...

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How to Create a Merry Christmas

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Christmas is a magical time. And that Christmas spirit is just what we need in these challenging economic times. Too often we remain at a distance from that important magic but, when we do connect with it, we find we are can focus on what’s really important… treating family, friends, employees, and team members well, and making them happy. The Big Secret of Dealing with People ...

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“The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be” – Yogi Berra

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What’s the future for you and your business?  The basic goal for most businesses is to make fundamental changes in how they conduct their business to cope with new, more challenging market environments.  By definition, change requires creating new systems.  And that always demands leadership and an out-of-the-box way of thinking, because management’s usual mandate is to minimize ...

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Why Is It So Difficult to Change a Business?

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Is this you and your business?  You are successful because you are serious, motivated, and you do the things most people don’t.  You put in the required time and perseverance. Yet, you are in a business that has to change because of a tighter, more competitive economy.  Factors such as your service/offering are becoming a commodity, and offshore competition is making it tough – you ...

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How to Hit Your Goals

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You set annual goals in all the key areas of your life. You constantly read on-line tips about new ways to achieve your goals.  You make sure you’re doing things properly to succeed. Then why is it still a battle to hit those goals? 1) We are definitely the sum total of all our thoughts and habits. William Allen said many years ago, “Our thoughts make us.” Dale Carnegie coached ...

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The Magical Way to Succeed – No Kidding

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Last week I wrote about my roadside chat.  And I’ve heard from many of you who had a similar experience, usually a moment that turned your frustration, unhappiness, or despair into a new beginning.  It seems that many people can relate to my example of feeling like a failure at some point in their lives. The main reason for my own failure way back then was my timidity, and inertia.  I ...

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The Big Change

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Because of the Internet, everyone has easier access to markets – and that means you – and your competitors as well. The companies that haven’t had to sell – and who think of “selling” as a dirty word – have to change. For example, professional firms that have technically-oriented, left-brained thinkers are now required to be comfortable in a ...

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How to Achieve and Succeed

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Several years ago, I created and presented a workshop that covered a combination of thoughts and practices. The short course contained ideas and actions I’d discovered and collected over years of studying the all-important subject of “how to succeed and achieve”.  Of course, I first applied the actions, testing them myself. And then a CEO client of mine asked me for my ...

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How Not to Be Left Behind

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Have you noticed that How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie has been showing up on top ten lists all over the world? What’s going on? Why is that? The book is a 77-year-old classic that was selected back in 2000 as the top business book of the twentieth century. I just read another review recently in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest paper, where the reviewer also ...

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Unique Opportunities and Trends

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There are some unique opportunities and new trends that high-performing companies are addressing in their efforts to compete, engage, and retain their best people. A)  It seems that every high-performing company is creating a culture that embraces and drives change so that their business can be talent-ready and have the capacity to hit stretch goals. B)  Organizations realize that they will ...

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