The Five Steps to Becoming an Owner

small-business-ownerThis isn’t a how to column on what you need to do to become a successful business owner. It’s about how you can become a better person in business and in life.

There are two types of people in the world: owners and victims.

Owners (defined as not just those who own a business), take full responsibility of their actions and energy. They use their internal spirit to invent and reinvent who they are.

Victims ...

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To get your people to work as team, lead by example

teamBusiness leaders seek employees who can be contributing members of a team. The operative word is “team.”

One key to succeeding in any work environment is getting along with others.

Those who can’t or won’t work well in groups create negative effects that ripple through the organization.

Once a person completes their formal education, at whatever level, it’s reasonable to expect that person to know how to ...

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Good enough simply isn’t acceptable here anymore

A client approached me about helping him get his company ready to sell.

He was getting up in the years, and figured he had between three and five years left before his passion would be gone. He had built a good size manufacturing company.

I created a plan making sure that all the bases were covered, so that when he walked out the door, the business could run without him.

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Five building blocks to better second-half results

blocksIn my weekly column I try to ask questions that provoke and statements that engage business leaders to think more strategically.

If 2017 were a football game, it would be half time. It’s the break in the middle of the game, an opportunity to understand what’s working and what’s not, and to set plans for the second half.

Whether you’re winning, tied or losing at this point, consider my five essential building blocks required ...

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A better life means a better business

For far too many business owners, their business is their life.

These owners work far too many hours, don’t get enough exercise, and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They’re often overweight from eating too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things.

happyDoes this sound like you or someone you know who owns a business?

“The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China,” a new book by John ...

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