What’s Holding You and Your Company Back?

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Are you familiar with the Theory of Constraints (TOC)? If you’re not, the theory (an overall management philosophy) came into vogue post the publication of a book entitled, “The Goal,” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. In its most basic form the theory contends that any manageable system (like your business) is hindered from achieving its potential […]

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Want to Increase Your Organization’s Speed?

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If you could speed up the pace at which your people implement and execute your ideas and plans, what would that be worth to you? For years, I’ve looked for catalytic mechanisms to do just that and have found few. One of the few ideas I had heard about was the idea of holding a […]

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Steve Jobs’ Presentation Secrets

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If you’ve ever watched Steve Jobs do a product launch, you know you’ve watched a master communicator. And if you’ve ever wondered if you could ever communicate as effectively as Steve, there’s good news for you. Business Week Small Biz columnist, Carmine Gallo, has just published a book on “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.” […]

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Robert Kiyosaki and Where Change Begins

Posted on by in Attitude, Books, Business, Entreprenuership, Growth, Leadership, Learning, Planning, Strategy

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know that my first premise for growth is, “No organization can consistently perform at a level beyond the capacity of the senior leader. Therefore, if you want to grow an organization, you need to start by growing the senior leader first.” In essence, […]

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Malcolm Gladwell and Your Chance of Success

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If you haven’t read Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book on Outliers, you may want to soon. While I don’t agree with all his conclusions (the difficult part of using case studies and statistics is that conclusions are subjective), I do think his commentary is fascinating and worth reading. One of the dominant themes is that what […]

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A Great Business Leader’s Book List

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If you’re an entrepreneur or senior executive of a small or medium-sized business, hopefully you’re regularly reading Inc. Magazine. If not, you should be. I rarely find an issue where I’m not tearing out a few articles to file. And that holds true for this month’s edition, which marks their 30th anniversary. However, my favorite […]

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Google Lessons for Growth

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If you thought like Google, how differently would you run your business? In essence, that’s the idea behind Jeff Jarvis’s new book, “What Would Google Do?” (not to be confused with WWJD, though some do confuse the two :-) In a Businessweek (2/9/09) article, Jeff took and applied some of the core lessons from his […]

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Great Quotes from Seth Godin’s book, Tribes

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I don't know about you, but I love collecting quotes from the books I read. After reading a book, like Tribes, I like to go back through and make my own summary of thoughts, action points, and quotes from the book. In the case of, Tribes, here are some of my favorite quotes. I hope […]

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Ready to Create Your Own Tribe?

Posted on by in Books, Branding/Differentiation, Entreprenuership, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy

Seth Godin has done it again. Last week, while on vacation, I finally got a chance to read Seth's book entitled, "Tribes," and loved it. The basic premise is that throughout history, tribes (composed of a leader, a group and an idea) have primarily been ruled by geography. However, the internet has changed all that. […]

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Bird by Bird, Step by Step

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One of the great joys of blogging is that the blogosphere is filled with delicious morsels that pop up in unexpected places.  The other day, I was flowing a series of blog links when someone mentioned a book by Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird, which isn’t about birds, but writing.  In fact, the subtitle of […]

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