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Disruption….The World Needs More Canada

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Recently, I gave a one-hour presentation in Boston to a group of business people from around the world, who are part of a 104 year old company. I was asked to disrupt their thinking about how to grow in this chaotic business world.  In my presentation, I reviewed the 60’s, 70’s and every decade up to now, as to what it was like doing business then and now, in order to reveal changes, ...

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An Important Letter to Leaders

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If you lead, you probably have a picture of the future you want and how to get there.  It’s usually what’s in our head and our heart, and shows up in continual conversations with our team.  Planning is the key. While necessary, budgeting is the least important in building the future.  Those who don’t have belief or are not excited about the future, usually depend too much on ...

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If you think you have a Millennial problem… you probably have a Culture Problem

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I’m no different than everyone else who’s out there trying to figure out who “Millennials” are and how we engage them. The difference is, I’m also still trying to figure out who Boomers are, who X’ers are, and who the next generation will be instead of suggesting that Millennials are a “challenge” that my company needs to address. Employee ...

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The Biggest Problem You and I Face

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That problem is dealing with people, especially if we work in business. Even in a technical position such as engineering. About 15% of one’s financial success is due to technical knowledge and about 85% is due to skill in human engineering, personality and the ability to lead people. Today’s impersonal, but quick communications leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to building ...

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Does the way you Deal with People Actually Make a Difference?

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Strange question you might say.  Does it really impact your career, family business, your wealth?  A few years ago, while I was attending the annual re-certification of our coaches/instructors (I’m proud to say this annual event is mandated by our corporate office to refresh our skills, confidence and enthusiasm to provide quality to our clients), Steve, a business executive asked me, ...

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Balancing what we know with a Changing Reality

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Not too long ago I was talking with a CEO who had done well in their industry for 25 years or so, and then things changed.  Yes, the economy had an affect but the very structure of his industry has changed.  In other words, his clients didn’t want his high priced, high quality service anymore.  He had many buyers and influencers in each client and the politics had changed as well, ...

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The 6 not-so-big questions to build your business, develop your team, and cultivate your future leaders

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There is no doubt that things just aren’t the same anymore. In recent years, the entire structure of business has changed, all over the world. As a result, business people have had to find ways to survive, be frugal, stay together, hang in there. Understandably, business leaders may be reluctant to aggressively address enormous strategic and big-picture questions. Change is too much work, ...

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Gordie Howe – A Leader with a Human Touch

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Last week we lost one of the greatest hockey players ever to play the game. Interestingly enough, as I listened to my sports radio station to/from work, and as I watched his celebration of life on television, very little time was spent on how great a hockey player he was and the majority of the time was spent talking about who Gordie Howe was as a person. Let’s put that into perspective. ...

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What are you afraid of?

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A couple weeks ago, Norm, our guest speaker, asked everyone to write down “What are you afraid of?” He got some stares and then a few to share. Wow. (How many in your company would answer that question honestly?) He said that, in his experience, successful people do the things that others just aren’t comfortable doing even though they know they should be doing them. He was asked ...

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Where to Find Referrals

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If you’re sure you’re connecting to your market and know what customers want and why they want it; if you know the emotional and logical impact of your service, and can describe it in a compelling way; and if you routinely give the best advice to your customers on what to buy – then you have a great opportunity to leverage every interaction with your customers and build ...

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How To Be More Successful During These Warm Days

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1) Figuring out how businesses make money, especially the one you are in, is a great place to start.  Over the weekend, a few of my friends, who are quite successful, went with me to open up my cottage.  I was impressed with how quickly each of them zeroed in on the topic of how to have a successful business.  If you brought up problems about any business it was “Hold on, first off, how ...

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Get this under control

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Everyone has stresses. It can be manifested in headaches, grumpiness, pains, loss of sleep, relationships gone bad, and even heart attacks. Chronic stressors like unhappy marriages, business or relationship problems can lead to chronic inflammation which leads to depression, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and can trigger stroke. Stress can literally clog us to death. Too much ...

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