Joining the Best in 2014

As the year comes to a close, it is appropriate to look back and ask why some businesses have survived and others went by the wayside; and to understand why some businesses have done well.

Two factors can make a difference between survival and success: how a business is structured and operates; and how the owner chooses to lead and manage. This assessment compares “the best” versus “the rest” with the objective being a recipe for improvement in 2014 for your ...

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Ten Key Decisions to Make in 2014

Most of the business owners I know are either finishing up a solid year and want to continue the good times into 2014 or they had a less than stellar year and want a different ending a year from now. Which is it for you?

Here are some questions that will help you define the tough decisions you need to address if you are interested in starting 2014 strong and achieving your company’s goals by the end of next December.

1. Do ...

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Helpful Questions at Year End

Business owners are busy this time of year but being asked to answer tough questions is an essential part of success. This list will start the process of evaluating how 2013 was for you and your business.

What were my priorities as the year started? Did I make satisfactory progress? If not, why not? If so, what worked so I can repeat it in 2014?

Did I have performance evaluations for every direct report? Have I made certain that all of my ...

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Business Observations, 2013

Business owners and leaders often stray too close to a situation to see the entire picture.  One of the responsibilities as a Trusted Advisor is to observe what is happening from a vantage point to provide a fresh perspective to clients that may not be otherwise noticed.

As the year comes to a close, here are 21 thoughts that may help you run a better organization in the New Year, gleaned from my weekly columns.

Setting an example is the first role, ...

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Finish Your Race

One of my favorite books is Unbroken, written by the same author who wrote Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand.

The book is the story of Louie Zamperini, who ran at the age of 19 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics along side of Jessie Owens and Jackie Robinson. According to Wikipedia, Zamperini was lagging behind in the final 5,000 meter race, and he made up ground by clocking a 56-second final lap.

It turns out that that Zamperini’s last lap was faster than any other ...

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