Gardening Secrets for Leading a Team

  Regardless of the size, leading an organization is hard work. It is like gardening. You can’t just plant it and forget it and expect to receive a bountiful harvest. If you approach gardening with this mindset, you are in for a big disappointment. Being the leader of an organization and being a gardener have […]

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Why Giving Is Risky But Worth It

Giving is a worthy endeavor. It has its downsides, however. It can be dangerous on the high road of giving. Adam Grant writes in Give and Take that givers are some of the most successful people. There is more. Givers are on the other end of the spectrum, too. They are the least successful. If […]

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Leadership's Underside

Carrying the mantle of leader may look glamorous. It is hard work. Much of what a real leader does is hidden. Another thing about leaders—they exist at all levels in an organization. Not all leaders have prestigious titles. All of them are not at the top of an organization. Here are 6 characteristics of leaders:       […]

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5 Tips for Smart Marketing

Business owners know marketing is a key element in a successful business. However, many lose sight of the impact of internal thinking patterns. These affect your marketing efforts in powerful ways. Like the submerged part of an iceberg, they are invisible and important. 5 Tips for Smart Marketing from the Inside Out: 1)      Passion. With […]

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Clarify Your Priorities to Increase Your Revenues

  There are many competing priorities in running a business. Everything looks important. The problem is you cannot do everything and do it all at once. Your business suffers because you cannot give the proper attention to what moves your business forward. You spend your resources on activities that reduce your efficiencies and reduce your […]

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Seven Questions that Empower

Socrates made famous the process of asking questions to require thinking-- a rare activity at times. For entrepreneurs, thinking is crucial to your success. All questions are not created equal. Clarifying questions help someone come up with their own solutions. This is the thinking part. Advising questions tell someone what he should be doing to […]

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How Generosity Is Making Your Business a Better Place

Many business owners wonder if generosity is a smart business decision. There is an ongoing debate about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for business. CSR is usually associated with big companies. Regardless of the size, your business can incorporate CSR in its business model. It is an act of generosity. Companies embrace social responsibility not only […]

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5 Simple Tips to Improve Productivity

Nothing drains your productivity like feeling overwhelmed. Everyone at one time or other feels overwhelmed. It is easy for distractions to get the best of us. These five tips are fail-safe ways to improve your productivity: 1. Like goes with like Batch like activities together. For example, make phone calls in a block of time. […]

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Strategy Confronts a Future with No Guarantees

There is confusion about the difference in a plan and a strategy. Plans are useful. Strategies are scary. When you choose a strategy, you are choosing a direction that requires you to make decisions that eliminate possibilities and options. Think crossing the Rubicon. The future outcomes are unknowable. Planning, on the other hand, is knowable […]

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The Main Thing Leaders Should Know About Focus

Businesses limit success by losing focus on what is most important. Businesses suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), too. For example, this week at a member recruitment reception at a business club, a new member introduced himself. He is an entrepreneur with nine start-up businesses. He is interested in meeting investors with capital for start-ups. […]

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