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It is an undeniable fact that our past defines our current thinking. It dictates how we see the world around us. Each one of us looks at the world through lenses that blur curtain details while highlighting others. Even the most adventurous of us live by habits, clinging to what we know, and ignoring everything that does not fit into our worldview. We all relive moments of failure, wondering what we could have done differently. We also hold tight to our glorious moments, breathing them in and…

When trying to determine why some company directors are successful while others have a hard time living up to their own expectations, a common argument that you may encounter is that “some people are just not cut out for it.” The problem with that is, we all have a starting point from which we begin our endeavor into the business world, and most directors with more than a year’s experience can testify that they’ve learned a lot and have changed a lot since their…

Confession time: I’ve been known to zone out after a busy day by curling up in front of the television to watch something like Undercover Boss, Tabitha Takes Over or Restaurant Stakeout. All of these programs have two things in common. First, they take a candid look at what really happens in the day-to-day operations of a business. We see it all, the good and the bad, and more often than not there’s quite a lot of “bad” to be seen.  We’ll chalk that up to the fact…

Whether you’ve just opened your doors or you’ve been operating for years, it is up to you, the business owner, to make clear, effective decisions if your business is going to succeed. Let’s look at three questions that can make the difference between a wildly successful business and a smoldering hole in the ground. # 1. Does it fit my business Focus? It seems simple enough, “Does pulling the trigger on this decision fit with the overall focus of my business?” When…

Marketing brochures give clients and customers a way to learn about products and services at their own pace. Readers can focus on as much or as little information as they can process. Marketing brochures essentially are portable salespeople. They ride along in cars, purses, briefcases and so on to be referenced and shared with people along their travels. Each time they get pulled out they represent your brand and business. Therefore, you want to do a little research to discover marketing…

There has been a lot of discussion and debates on what motivates entrepreneurs. How do you know if you or someone else is an entrepreneur? Deeply embedded in the practice of entrepreneurship is passion.  Many startup executives have noted that having passion is one of the key drivers for entrepreneurial success.  Passion drives some entrepreneurs to assume high levels of risk taking that many may see as being unconventional and even crazy. After teaching entrepreneurship and mentoring…

Are you one of the forward-thinking employers or managers who loves to give workers incentives rather than be forced to hand out punishment? OSHA may have some harsh words for you: Stop it! As most of us in business already know, there are plenty of ways to tick off employees, and unfortunately many of those seem to come fairly naturally. It can be the proactive, positive reinforcement strategies that are more difficult to master, yet we know that motivation is a very powerful management…

I have huge admiration for anyone who has an idea for a business and takes the steps to bring it to market. I often get asked, ‘What do you think of my business idea?’ My response is usually the same and driven by a mentoring mindset. I love hearing business ideas and feel privileged that people trust me with concepts when there are often in embryonic and fragile states. This article will outline my response to ‘So, what do you think of my business idea?’.  But first I want to…

Virginia Slims cigarettes got it right 40 years ago when it targeted women with its memorable slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” The same is true today for women entrepreneurs. We’re going full throttle in starting businesses at a never before-seen speed: from 1997 to 2011, women-owned businesses increased 50%, which was 1.5x the national average. Now, I don’t want to get into a battle of the sexes discussion here, but I have to admit: there are certain characteristics of females…

In companies small or large, a manager has 7 very different roles from the perspective of his or her team. This is not to say that a manager has to do the job of seven people. But what is required of each manager is broadly knowing what the different roles are and the ability to make sure that these areas are more or less covered, most of the time. # 1. Ideologist Effective managers are visionaries who create clear pictures of direction, explain the most effective route, and express individual…