Why Being Bold Is Easier than You Think

Before you even take the first bold step, a vivid picture of the worst possible outcome can stop you in your tracks. It is a problem when your imagination hijacks your success. Research tells us that 85% of what you worry about never actually happens. Taking that first step requires courage. What is bold to […]

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Don't Give Worry the Keys to Your Mental Real Estate

When the pressure is on, we worry. Everyone makes up stuff to some degree. Why allow these stories to occupy such valuable mental real estate? Some of us are more susceptible to worry than others. Regardless of your propensity to ruminate, it is quite expensive. For one thing, it raises your cortisol level which has […]

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Forget Strategy Unless You Are Committed to Execution

Without execution, a brilliant strategy is only a brilliant strategy. I am an advocate of brilliant strategies. However, most of the work in an organization is executing strategies not creating them. Consider a strategy to take care of your car. It is an important part of your job and you want your car to last […]

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Leading in a Crisis

Leaders at all levels experience a crisis at one time or another.  Some are world wars, economic crashes, or weather events.  Others are more localized and personal but carry the responsibility of leading. In pondering how leaders behave in a crisis, regardless of the magnitude, I made a list. It is in no particular order. […]

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From Inspiration to Perspiration for Results

Many people attend events that inspire them and they have a great time.  However, they fail to act on the inspiration.  They simply have been to a great conference and nothing changes. Another reason many of us fail to act on the inspiration, is that we are overwhelmed.  With so much to do, we feel […]

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How to Sabotage Your Success by Playing It Safe

When your prevailing mindset is to play it safe, you are setting yourself up to lose opportunities. It is understandable that many business owners and entrepreneurs have operated by playing it safe. They mistakenly believe they are playing to win when, in fact, they are playing not to lose and sabotaging their growth efforts. How […]

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Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Many business owners work hard from dawn to dusk. This alone does not guarantee success. However, hard work is part of the equation. There is more. In the words of the African spiritual, “Keep your eye on the prize and your hand on the plow.” What is the prize in your business? It feels great […]

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Difficult Decisions Waiting to Be Made

Wanting to delay a difficult decision is normal. Scarlett O’Hara, the protagonist in Gone with the Wind, often said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Unresolved, tough decisions drain a lot of mental energy. They occupy valuable real estate in your mind. The time you spend agonizing about what you know needs to be done is […]

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Creativity Lifts the Lid on Profits

The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones. Unknown Suppressing creativity puts a lid on your profits. If your business needs a profit makeover, put creativity on your list of “must haves.” Change happens.  New information emerges.  It is impossible to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions. Creativity is a valuable resource […]

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Action Outwits Worry

The time and energy you spend worrying is wasted. Worry is a mental habit that robs you and our business of solutions. With recent developments on Wall Street that have reverberated around the world, you may be thinking that if ever there was a time to worry, it is now.  The Random House College Dictionary […]

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