Getting “Crystal Clear” About Your Company

There is a terrific exchange in the courtroom drama “A Few Good Men.” Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicolson, turns from being a witness in a court martial to the prosecutor when he asks Lieutenant Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise: “Have you ever spent time in an
infantry unit, son?”

Kaffee replies he has not. Jessup asks, “Ever served in a forward area?” Kaffee again replies he has not. Jessup says, “Ever put your life in another man’s hands; ask him ...

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Pumpkin Patch Learning

Last week I provided the Pyramid of Business Success, a nine layered structure. Layer seven was the Growth Plan.

For a few years I have struggled to conceptualize what a Growth Plan would look like and have tried hard to put it on a single sheet of paper.

It’s funny how life works. When you look for something, it is often right in front of you. And so was my answer, in a book entitled The Pumpkin Plan, authored by Mike Michalowicz.

The ...

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The Business Pyramid of Success

I’ve long admired Coach John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success.” In business, whatever blueprint, instructional manual or paint by number kit being used before the enterprise launches is quickly tossed aside once the doors open. After that, it becomes a freelance-thing or a free for all, for those lacking mentors, a Sherpa or the time to figure it out.

Through the years I’ve learned from reading, listening and asking that there is a pyramid of success for business. It’s just been a ...

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Keeping Yourself Motivated

One major challenge being a business owner or holding a position of leadership is keeping motivated.

Many years ago I had the pleasure of learning about Brian Tracy. Brian is a self-made millionaire. He did not graduate from high school and in his early twenties identified that he had limited career prospects.

His one passion was travelling and with friends he launched himself on a trip from British Columbia to South Africa. Once arriving in France the goal was to make the ...

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