25 Jan

Why Are We Managing Generations

Over the last several years a lot of people have made a lot of money telling business owners and leaders that to effectively manage the modern workforce you must manage the generations differently. Why? They claim these generations are all different, have different values, work practices, and motivators.

In the immortal words of my father…Horse pucky.

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18 Jan

Why Would Any Business Owner Not Want To Grow?

I am sometimes a bit surprised when I hear from Business Owners that they do not want to grow their business.  I can be fairly competitive, and hearing someone say that they are happy with their business at the size it is now causes me to stop and wonder.  Why would any business owner not want to grow their business?

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11 Jan

Accepting Change is Difficult – You Must First Avoid the “Not’s.”

Change is inevitable. Like time, we cannot stop it. To not only survive but thrive in today’s business environment, you must not only accept change but must also embrace change. Given that accepting change is one of the more difficult things we mere mortals must do, having a plan, a strategic plan to manage change in your business is critical to success.

To understand how to be successful with change lets first look at the “Not’s” of change management. There are six of them:

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04 Jan

The WOW Person – Is It All Good?

Your career is sailing; your business is profitable; everyone looks at you and says “WOW, I want to be like them.”  I am certain many of us have read or seen such a scenario.  To be the “WOW person” is wonderful.  To be associated with that person is pretty good too.  Imagine the WOW person and a WOW business.   The perfect scenario.

Then, one day, it all falls apart.  Some behavior enters into your life; you start making bad business decisions, you stop listening to others about your business.  We have all seen or read of those.  Successful Business Leaders who start affairs with subordinate employees, Successful Business Leaders who illicitly take money from their business, Successful Business Leaders who abuse a variety of legal or illegal substances, Successful Business Leaders who take illegal short cuts.  One day they get caught, and their self-destructive behavior brings them crashing down. 

How do you prevent that?

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07 Dec

Bandaids Aren’t Problem Solving

Problem solving  is a part of what we do and sometimes we spend way to much time doing it.  What if there was a way to reduce the time you spend solving problems? Problems will always be a part of your business.  Even if you have a strong problem prevention program you will still experience problems.  Sometimes, because of time, limiting beliefs or preconceived opinions, we solve the problem with the wrong solution and thereby create a whole new set of problems. Sometimes we put a bandaid on a problem.  Bandaids Aren’t Problem Solving.

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