Three Christmas Wishes for Those in Business

My normal column provides direct advice, tools, and suggestions to those in business, but there are occasions when it is important to stop and take a broader, more personal look at the world of work.

As this is the end of the year, it is appropriate to do so.

2016 started out economically challenged, sort of up and down; and things now appear to be getting back on track. By that I mean, now that the presidential election has been decided, people ...

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Get These Five Right in 2017

As a business grows, challenges, opportunities and problems arise. That the owner can successfully deal with these issues as they pop up is the determinant of survival and growth.

James Fischer’s book Navigating the Growth Curve identifies twenty-seven separate challenges an owner faces during his defined seven stages of growth. These range from a weak business design to cash flow issues to hiring qualified people.

One of the most telling statements made in the book is that the failure to successfully address ...

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Did you get better this year?

One classic book on success is Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. This best seller was written based on primary research conducted by the author to determine how and why some individuals gain significant wealth while others do not.

The original copyright is 1937. The research was conducted during a time not dissimilar to present day, a time of economic uncertainty.

It is a book worth reading, and re-reading; perhaps every couple of years.

One of the major principles highlighted is that successful ...

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Getting ready for a better 2017

Dear Ken Keller,

The year is almost over and I am ready to make some changes in my business so that the company and all of its employees have a better year in 2017.

I want the company to grow, I want to give raises and help people meet their personal and professional goals. This sounds like a lot of work, but if we can do this, ...

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