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Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.

Strong leadership is crucial to any organization.  Whether we’re talking about a commercial enterprise, a civic group, a church congregation, or a military unit, strong leadership is key to its success.  But leadership is not a one-size-fits-all proposition . . . there are lots of commonly recognized leadership styles, […] Continue Reading…

 
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A Few Guidelines for Negotiating Successfully

Jack Kaine is an expert negotiator.  He has written about negotiation, given speeches about it, and he has taught it at Stanford.  He reminds us that the people sitting at a union bargaining table are not the only people who negotiate.  We all negotiate.  Every day.  We negotiate with […] Continue Reading…

 
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6 Ways to Reduce Turnover and Keep Your Best People on the Job

Employee turnover is a fact of life.  It’s inevitable.  While we’d like to minimize it . . . particularly among out best employees . . . we can never eliminate it entirely.  And that’s a good thing.  From time to time, we need new people who bring fresh thinking […] Continue Reading…

 
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Exit interviews: the gold standard for determining how satisfied (or dissatisfied) your workforce is.

Exit interviews are an incredibly effective HR tool that can help you assess the health of your organization.  Yet in many companies, it’s a tool that is used sparingly or not at all.  Or it’s used in such a perfunctory manner that it doesn’t really produce any useful information.  […] Continue Reading…

 
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“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

Entrepreneurs are a strange breed and largely misunderstood.  Some people believe that all small independent businesses are automatically entrepreneurial.  Not true.  Many small businesses just plod along, day after day, following whatever formula got them to where they are, and never straying into new or uncharted territory.  The companion […] Continue Reading…

 
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“There is no ‘there’: Employee Engagement is a journey, not a destination.”

Can you imagine your employees looking forward to coming to work?  Can you imagine them working for a higher purpose than just collecting a paycheck?  Can you imagine them committed not only to discharging their own duties and responsibilities, but also to helping the company achieve its long-term goals?  […] Continue Reading…

 
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

In their book, “The CEO Next Door,” consultants Elena Botelho and Kim Powell talk about “The 4 behaviors that transform ordinary people into world-class leaders.”  They base their findings on studies of over 2600 leaders.  While any individual leader may display a wide range of behaviors, Botelho and Powell […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.”

We were recently at a meeting where several of the people there started talking about a book they had read, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” written by three top executives of the FranklinCovey Company . . . Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, and Sean Covey (son of Stephen Covey, who […] Continue Reading…

 
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Don’t produce a budget. Map out a Profit Plan. (Part Two)

The blog below is a repeat, as were the previous two postings (October 17, 2018 and November 7, 2018). Combined, the three postings offer a template for developing a 2019 Plan. We are re-publishing these now because developing an Annual Plan is a critically important activity for any small […] Continue Reading…

 
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Don’t produce a budget.  Map out a Profit Plan. (Part 1)

The blog below is a repeat, as was the previous posting (October 17, 2018), and as will be the next posting (November 21, 2018).  Combined, the three postings offer a template for developing a 2019  Plan.  We are re-publishing these now because developing an Annual Plan is a critically […] Continue Reading…

 
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