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A few questions every entrepreneur ought to ask.

In 2014, Inc. magazine published an article titled, “100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask.”  Some of the questions were submitted by best-selling business writers such as Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, and Peter Drucker, while others were submitted by a variety of business educators, business leaders, and business owners.  […] Continue Reading…

 
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Unlimited paid vacation? Are you kiddin’ me?

Some companies, both here and abroad, are experimenting with unlimited vacation, or “discretionary time off” as it is known in HR circles.  And we’re talking about paid time off, not unpaid leaves of absence. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  What’s to prevent someone from heading for the beach and never […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Why Do Smart People Fail?”

Decision-making and leadership are two CEO skills inextricably entwined.  It’s true that you can be a world class decision-maker and still be a lousy leader . . . that is, you can be a great decision-maker but still have other behavioral characteristics that disqualify you as a great leader.  […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Change with the world – or it will change without you.”

Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple, a monthly lifestyle magazine for women.  In a recent edition of Time magazine, she wrote an opinion piece entitled, “There’s a difference between a boss and a friend, and that’s as it should be.”  In it, she bemoans a lot […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Hire the best, fire the rest” (Part 2)

In our previous post, “Hire the best, fire the rest,” we talked about the “topgrading” concepts espoused by management psychologist Dr. Brad Smart. In his book, “Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People.” He forwards the idea that, any employee the company hires […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Hire the best, fire the rest”

Brad Smart isn’t a household name . . . at least, not in my household. But he holds a PhD in management psychology and is the author of “Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People.” In that book, Dr. Smart advocates a system […] Continue Reading…

 
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A good customer/supplier relationship is essentially a partnership

Life is all about relationships, not the least of which are business relationships. We must build relationships with business peers and advisors, with employees, with our vendors and suppliers, and of course, with our customers. But what sort of relationship do we enjoy with our customers? While many like […] Continue Reading…

 
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“You can manage things, but people need to be led.”

John Maxwell, who has written many books on leadership and who teaches courses in it, talks about “The Five Levels of Leadership.” (NOTE: If you want to watch Maxwell’s entire 27-minute presentation, you can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPwXeg8ThWI ).    In it, he describes the “Five Levels” as a pyramid […] Continue Reading…

 
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Solve Problems with Ignorance, Not Experience

“When you’re a little bit dumb and naïve, things get done that no one believed could be done.” We don’t know who said that, but it’s true. Consider the new, fresh-faced young salesman who marches into an account we wrote off long ago as a waste of time. We […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Outstanding performance is inconsistent with fear of failure.”

In today’s business environment, change is inevitable. It’s all around us . . . new government regulations are thrust upon us, new competitors enter our market as old competitors leave, and new technologies make current technologies obsolete. Yet our instincts are to resist change.  After all, we perform well […] Continue Reading…

 
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