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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Here’s some coaching tips to help a recent grad launch a career

gradexaminer0501A couple of weeks ago I offered to provide coaching to a young man looking for his first career job after earning two difficult degrees from two top-notch universities.

We’ll call this gentleman Mark. We’ve met a few times and will meet a few more before he lands that job.

So far, we’ve revised Mark’s résumé to get the attention of company recruiters and drafted a compelling cover letter. He is updating his LinkedIn ...

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Five Questions for Every Owner, CEO and Entrepreneur

Business+OwnerGrowing up, I regularly read the comics pages in the newspaper. One of my favorites was Pogo, penned by Walt Kelly.

One of the most memorable strips for me was when Pogo stated, “Having lost sight of our objective, we redoubled our efforts.”
Now that we’ve reached mid-June, the time has come to review what’s happening and what’s not with your company’s results so far in 2017, particularly if those results aren’t coming ...

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Surprise, you’re not the smartest person in the room

billanddonaldThe first years of Bill Clinton’s presidency were marked by stumble after stumble in terms of strategy and execution of the new president’s agenda.

Being Governor of Arkansas is one thing, while being president of the United States is something very different.

It was only after a team of experienced political professionals came to the White House to assist the new president that things turned around.

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What will your legacy look like as a leader and a person?

do-what-you-love-watch-steve-jobs-fantastic-stanford-commencement-speech-in-2005During graduation season, I enjoy tuning in to C-SPAN to watch this year’s crop of commencement speeches. They’re inspiring and often funny, and my learning style leans more toward listening than reading.

Some such speeches gain greater traction than others. Admiral Willam McRaven’s “Make Your Bed,” currently #1 on the New York Times advice and self-help bestseller list, is based on his 2014 commencement speech ...

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