Gradually, then suddenly

I wasn’t too happy to read about the closing of the Spectrum Health Club in my local newspaper, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. However, I was not surprised. For many months my wife and I had been discussing the likelihood of it happening.

There is a quote attributed to Ernest Hemmingway on bankruptcy. When asked, “How did you go bankrupt?” He replied, “Two ways, gradually and then suddenly.”

The CEO of Spectrum Health Clubs said in an email to club members that the increase ...

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The 4th Quarter, 2013

Vince Lombardi spoke many years ago on a subject since known as “What It Takes to be Number One.” It is about business, life and family.

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

Winning needs to be defined for the organization. Successful companies do this. Most ...

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Nine Questions Worthy of Your Time (Are you living in denial?)

Does everyone at your company know what it takes to get a pay increase?

I am not saying give anyone a raise, but it would be helpful if your employees knew what they must do to earn one.

Do your managers and supervisors know how to manage people?

No one likes to be told they don’t know how to manage others or that they are not doing a very good job managing. I know there are plenty of individuals who love the title, ...

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Why The Results You Want Just Aren’t Happening (Are you living in denial?)

It’s the start of the final quarter of the calendar year. Your company is falling behind the plan you set at the beginning of the year and even though you revised the numbers at midyear, the company is still falling short.

Not achieving results in any organization is a great source of frustration to owners and leaders. It may be a chronic problem, happening year after year. Here are some specifics as to why results are lacking.

The first, and the most ...

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