Why Your Company’s Health is at Risk & What To Do About It

Businesses, like people and products, go through what is called the life cycle. The four stages are birth, growth, maturity and decline.

I want to zero in on the second half of the maturity phase as it relates to organizational health. It is in this time frame, maturity that “health problems” emerge in many companies.

To put things into perspective, at the start of each calendar year many individuals write a list of resolutions. At the top of nearly every list is ...

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It’s Not Just About Praise Anymore

Richard Lavoie’s book, “The Motivation Breakthrough,” was written for educators but provides interesting insight and tools for those who lead in business.

The standard methods of motivation include competition, rewards and punishment. The old notion of competition, that everyone is focused on winning to be in first place, is outdated. Rewards simply don’t motivate some people. Punishment, or the threat of it, works as a motivator for some and serves as a challenge others.

As Lavoie outlines, motivational strategies must be different ...

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How You Can Gain Focus, Alignment and Achieve Better Results

The decade ending on Dec. 31, 2009 was considered by many in the media as “The Lost Decade.”

On Jan. 2, 2010, at the beginning of the Alamo Bowl football game, one of the television announcers commented on how driven the Texas Tech team was to win the game. He said, “Great teams have a clear mission.”

Texas Tech scored first against Michigan State but it went back and forth. In the final quarter, Texas Tech took the lead and held on ...

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Failing teams mean failing leaders

My maxim is that “if your business is not growing it is dying.”Growing a business is a conscious decision made by the owner. I define growth as increasing top line revenue, adding the right kind of clients and increasing staff to sell and serve the expanded client base. To do this, the owner has to learn new things, do new things, and grow as a leader.The owner will have to learn how to facilitate growth and learn how to manage ...
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The Goldilocks mindset

My maxim is that “if your business is not growing it is dying.”Growing a business is a conscious decision made by the owner. I define growth as increasing top line revenue, adding the right kind of clients and increasing staff to sell and serve the expanded client base. To do this, the owner has to learn new things, do new things, and grow as a leader.The owner will have to learn how to facilitate growth and learn how to manage ...
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