Are You Leveraging All Nine of Your Profit Drivers?

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Do you ever feel that you make business too difficult in your own mind? Or do you ever find yourself getting lost in the complexity of everything you have to do in order to build a fast growing business? If so, then I think you’ll really appreciate the following simple grid of nine profit drivers. […]

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Need Some Inspiration?

Posted on by in Attitude, Branding/Differentiation, Business, Change, Character, Communication, Creativity/Innovation, Customer Service, Design, Finances/Money Management, Goals, Growth, Leadership, Learning, Managing Talent, Marketing, Personal Development, Planning, Remarkability, Strategy, Time Management, Writing

If you’re at all like me, chances are you have some favorite quotes that you return to over an over again to  pick you up and get your headed in the right direction. I remember, shortly after my board coup several years ago, the movie “Rocky Balboa” came out and in the middle of the […]

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What’s Holding You Back, Part II

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If you didn’t read part one, scroll below (if you’re on the blog right now) or click on the following link>> (if you’re reading this by RSS). Note: If you didn’t answer the question from the last post, “What are the major constraints that are hindering me (and my business/organization) from achieving my (our) potential?”, […]

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New Free Report on Fast Growth Released Today!

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Want to Know How You Can Immediately Begin to Grow Your Business Faster Than You Ever Have Before—While Increasing Your Ability to Lead It More Effectively? If so, you’ll want to immediately get your hands on the new free report I just released today entitled, “The Seven Secrets of Fast Growth Companies.” Inside it you’ll discover, […]

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Remember that Today’s Solutions Always Create Tomorrow’s Problems

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Business Week just ran an article in this week’s edition (Nov. 2, 2009) on, What’s Holding Tech Back. The subtitle was/is, “The surprise surge in demand for PC’s and handsets has the industry scrambling to get the supply chain humming.” Now, before you hit the snooze button, hang on for a moment. This will be […]

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Get a Daily Cash Report

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One of the more common weaknesses for most owners and CEOs of SMBs is money management. It’s not that they don’t like money, it’s that they don’t feel confident managing it. So, instead of managing it, they focus on the things they like doing–like selling or marketing or creating products or solving problems or creating […]

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Thinking Long Term Still Wins (Amazon)

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While there’s always a tendency to think short-term, especially during an economic downturn, there are plenty of compelling reasons to not do so. Major test case: Amazon. If you didn’t read the Business Week article (Sept. 28, 2009) on “At Amazon, Marketing is for Dummies,” you missed a compelling argument for thinking long-term, especially during […]

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It’s Not About Your Product!

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I received an email from my mother last evening about a social experiment that the Washington Post conducted two years ago with Joshua Bell, the world famous violinist. That said, I think the real value of the experiment drives home an incredibly important message for business owners and senior executives. The basic story line goes […]

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Cheetah CEOs vs. Lamb CEOs

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In recent years, there’s been a fair amount of debate over Emotional Intelligence and its necessity in the C Suite. However, a recent study of 225 CEOs by the University of Chicago (and found at the Topgrading Blog) revealed that “those who were extremely results-oriented delivered much better financial results than CEOs high in emotional […]

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Key Strategic Decisions at Quiznos That Could Mark Your Turnaround

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Fortune Magazine has a great article this week on the turnaround at Quiznos. But like most turnaround stories, it’s been marked by a few key strategic decisions–decisions which any small business can learn from. According to the article, since Greg Brenneman took over last year, he’s made a couple of key strategic decisions for Quiznos.  […]

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