Behind every successful business or organization, you will likely find a great leader. Taking on the role of a leader means wearing many hats.  There are three critical components to being a successful leader.  Good leadership skills are not only gut feelings or high business acumen, it is also knowing how to find and use…

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  Next week is Thanksgiving week, and that means it’s time to pause and literally give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. As Americans living in the 21st century, it’s easy to take for granted all the bounty we enjoy. Let’s face it, no people in human history have lived in so much…

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One of my favorite questions to ask a business owner or leader is “How do you make money?” I ask this question for two reasons: it is great to learn how other organizations make money and it is surprising how difficult it is for many people to answer this simple question. The reality is that…

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Growth in any economy is possible by understanding how you rank your marketplace and then taking steps to shift more customers towards you, that is sales growth. In my prior leadership roles at McDonald’s and Burger King, I often visited restaurants to see how they were performing and provide guidance and coaching to help them…

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It is said that employees don’t leave companies, they leave mangers and I believe that.  We have all known this for a while. Lately I have been asking people how they were first trained to be a manager.  The most common answer is “I wasn’t”. Most of us began managing people the way we wanted…

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Ask yourself the following questions, remember to be honest with yourself when answering.   When you have finished writing your answer read them.  Is that the life you want?  If so, go after it. How important is balance of life? How do you balance personal and business life? If you had unlimited resources (money, time, people)…

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When you are a business owner or a CEO, the job can come with some significant pressure. Everybody expects the business leader to be there for everyone and everything.  You are supposed to be all things to all people and no-one is really interested in the fact of whether you are having a bad day…

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A few months ago, many companies and many industries suffered tremendous losses of customers, sales and profits.  Many, but not all companies and industries have bounced back, if not all the way back, at least well on their way. But not necessarily all companies in those industries…Why? What we need to realize is that, customers…

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Time management is a skill that takes time to develop and perfect. It’s also is a skill that is different for everyone. If you’re like a lot of people you spend your days in a frenzy of activity but achieve very little because you are not concentrating on the right things. As an entrepreneur, you…

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When you are a business owner or a CEO, the job can come with some significant pressure. Everybody expects the business leader to be there for everyone and everything.  You are supposed to be all things to all people and no-one is really interested in the fact of whether you are having a bad day…

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