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4 Sources of Power for Fatigued Companies

powerEnergy drives all living things — that includes organizations. People and companies share a common life cycle: birth, growth, maturity, and decline. To survive, we must find a source of rebirth before the end of our decline phase. Companies that regenerate, like Amazon, survive, while others, like Blockbuster, hang on too long and eventually die. Even the most fatigued company can find new energy potential with these four sources of employee power: innovation, optimization, social and elemental. Read more...

5 Ways High-Performance Organizations Make Meetings Effective

high performanceEvery organization has to figure out how to make meetings productive. It’s a complex challenge. To be effective, each meeting needs to engage the individual talents of the people involved, work to achieve the organization’s specific goals for the moment, and do so in a way that’s both culturally relevant and contextually sensitive to the world around it. Not an easy feat. Read more...

Making Excuses Is Lethal For Many Entrepreneurs

excuses“Stop making excuses.”  Many of us heard that from parents growing up. Children often were spanked or put in timeout for making excuses, and teenagers endured a loss of privileges. But in the business world, the consequences for making excuses can be much more more lethal. Read more...

Effective Team Or Efficient Tools: Which Is Essential For A Successful Business

First things first, congratulations on starting your own business! But, now here is the typhoon, have you thought about the various facets to running your business successfully?! If you are new, then you might be just learning the needs of a successful business. The key to a successful business is, the presence of efficiency.

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Cyber Insurance Has Gone From “Nice To Have” To “Must Have”

High profile data breaches continue to garner national headlines, shining an important spotlight on these persistent attacks against companies that safeguard personal information. While major breaches like the attack against Equifax are sensational in size and scope, each day much smaller businesses face their own onslaught of phishing emails that require just one mistake in order to expose sensitive data and wreak havoc for months. 

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When Should Business Owners Consider Purchasing Their Office Space?

The decision to own or lease commercial real estate is one that all business owners make at the beginning of their venture.  And it is one they must continue to make at various stages throughout their career.  As with most business decisions, the best course of action is contingent upon a number of factors, such as current cash-flow, time in business, location, and the business owner’s long-term financial goals.  

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Busting the Myth: The Majority of Small Businesses Fail in the First Year

“Most small businesses fail in the first year.”  This notion is guaranteed to instill fear in many that consider becoming entrepreneurs.  As an entrepreneur, I had to ask ‘how accurate is this statement?”  It turns out, not at all.  First, lets look at the facts.

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Four Factors To Motivate Your Employees Daily

While a healthy paycheck contributes to employee satisfaction, money won’t keep the best employees if other more important aspects of their employment are not met, according to one of the nation’s principal authorities on leadership science.

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Build a Culture of Sanity and Safety

If you’re like most organizations, you spend a great deal of time measuring, monitoring, and rewarding results. That’s a good thing. A blip in one area - for example, assembly - negatively impacts packaging, warehousing, loading, delivery, etc. So, you set clear performance expectations then hold people accountable for them through constant modeling, vigilance, attention, coaching, praising, and redirection, every day.

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Common Purpose: The Key To Maximizing Your Team’s Performance

As a leader, you may have discovered that when your team is aligned around a common purpose, you get the best results. But what does this mean? The key is to understand that people yearn to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be part of something that matters, something significant and meaningful—because they want to feel like their life has meaning and significance.

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