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Sustaining Great Results During and After a Crisis


By now you have been through the shock of the world literally seeming like it changed overnight. You have adapted to this “new norm”.  Whether you like it or not, this change could be with us for 12 to 18 months. Some areas of business may never fully change back.  Successful organizations have increased communications, pivoted with new innovations, cut costs, became more efficient, and surely have changed in a world where most people simply don’t like change. Even if your business has skyrocketed during these unpredictable times, you may be wondering when your industry will soften.  We all need…

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June 23, 2020
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Business Perseverance During Challenging Times


Times like these bring some of the most unique changes we will see in businesses. The dotcom age, 9/11, and the economic reform of 2008 were major moments of regrouping, changing, and coming out more positive in the end. Now more than ever, leadership is very essential for unifying businesses, especially as we face a moral debate of the COVID-19 epidemic. I handled 2001 differently than I should have for my company. However, I learned from my mistakes and ended up leading us through the 2008 crisis more effectively. We ended up coming out stronger than ever as a business!…

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March 26, 2020

This Essential Step in Strategic Planning Can Be Overlooked


It’s strategic planning season again! While you envision to make 2020 you best year ever, don’t forget a couple essential exercises to your planning. These two smaller steps are not commonly done by businesses, but they can be argued as most essential! Please use this article as a step-by-step guide to easily implementing these steps. Step 1: Engage select staff beyond your leadership team in your strategic planning. It’s easy to do this. The following ways are different parts of strategic planning that they should be involved in. First, have them contribute to the SWOT you create. Your staff knows…

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December 11, 2019

How to Give Yourself More Time


Early in my career I really struggled with managing my time.  There simply was never enough time in the day for me to help in all the areas that needed it. —or that I thought needed it.     I was the CEO and co-founder of a growing aerospace business called EMTEQ. My day would consist of checking over 200 emails, returning phone calls, and working through a task list that never ended. Some of these tasks consisted of handling the day to day management to make sure things got done, problems got solved, and that all stakeholders were taken care of.   Sound…

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October 21, 2019
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How to Make More Time to Work “On” Your Business


Business coaches will typically tell owners that they should work more “on” their business instead of “in” it. As businesses grow, the major limiting factor becomes the leader’s bandwidth and ability to do this. Eventually, they can no longer do the heavily lifting on their own. In order to overcome this, we promote the idea of creating a “culture of growth” within the organization. This culture comes alive when staff is engaged with driving growth. However, this idea is abstract in nature. Here is a simple guide that breaks down this idea into mechanical steps that create habits necessary to…

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July 23, 2019

This Trust Exercise will Drive Results and Focus Your Team


One of the key roles of a business leader is to engender trust amongst their team. One exercise that we recommend to do this is called Stop/Start/Continue. Stop/Start/Continue helps to build trust by having each participant communicate what each other needs to stop doing, start doing, and continue doing in order to achieve the business plan. Instead of seeing this activity as one to judge or criticize other leaders, see it as a way to drive constructive communication and trust. Start/Stop/Continue is used to help everyone be more successful, which will lead to the growth of the business. Start/Stop/Continue Exercise…

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November 09, 2018

Thinking About Selling Your Business? Read this First.


Why do I want to sell my business?   I asked this question before.   I was a business owner and founder that was consumed by long hours and overwhelmed by demands. For 18 years, I led an aviation company called EMTEQ.  I would get frustrated with the long hours, people issues and lack of instant success.  At times it literally felt like the whole world was on my shoulders. For these reasons, it made me think about selling. Other times it made me wonder about the price where I would get up and walk away from the business.  …

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October 08, 2018

“If I Only Had More Time”


Business owners have many challenges that they face daily.  Some of the challenges include finding new customers, supporting the sales staff on that next killer presentation and proposal, helping to land that next big order or handling a major customer complaint.  Next, they could be trying to keep up with regulatory requirements, company audits, tax laws, or international trade practices.   How can one prioritize when everything seems to be a priority?   Owning and running a business is extremely complicated. From the outside looking in it may seem like maximum freedom and flexibility. After all, you are your own…

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September 18, 2018
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