What Is It That You Believe In?

In the course of working with and advising business owners and leaders, I have observed that the organizations that are the most successful over the long run are the ones that have a strong focus.

This focus is a result of taking the time to define the company by a set of values.

As I have outlined in my last two columns, it is easy for leaders to get off track, ignoring the very reasons why they have hold a position of ...

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Do the right thing, quickly and consistently

Last week I wrote about the 2012 Gallup Poll where only 21% of US adults rated business executives with high or very high in honesty and ethics.

Nurses, pharmacists, medical doctors, engineers, dentists, police officers, college teachers and clergy all rated “high or very high in honesty and ethics” at 50% or higher of those surveyed.

I’ve been home sick for the past two weeks. When you are not well, you sleep and rest and watch television if you are up to ...

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When you lose trust, you lose everything

A Gallup research study conducted and released in late 2012 found that only 21 percent of American adults surveyed found business executives high or very high in honesty and ethics.

That number was actually an increase by a single percentage point since the 1976 survey, conducted 36 years earlier.

Car sales people, advertising practitioners, stockbrokers, insurance salespeople, and lawyers all rank below business executives. Business executives also out-polled state governors, senators and members of Congress.

That, I suppose, is the good news out ...

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What hiring the wrong people can do to your business and wallet

There are many people out of work that want a job. The government says that the unemployment rate is falling as the economy grows and organizations add to payrolls.

I don’t think that is true. I think people have given up looking for employment and those individuals, over eight million of them, are no longer counted in government formulas.

These are likely fine people who can’t get an employer to look at a resume, or get invited for an interview.

Why is this ...

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