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Identify your business lifeguard and you’ll benefit

Have you noticed the lifeguards at the pool or at the beach? Their job is to be vigilant, watch weather and water conditions, and save swimmers and surfers who find themselves in peril. Around water, some people get into trouble because they are overconfident, too tired or they are not paying attention to what is… Continue Reading Identify your business lifeguard and you’ll benefit

Our retirement is our responsibility, yet many people do not think about how they are going to spend their retirement time. More importantly, even fewer people plan on how to fund it until it is too late. If you are old enough to drive, it is time to think about retirement. In March 2013 the… Continue Reading Beware of these six common retirement mistakes

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Battle uncertainty with business strategy

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Are you leaving money on the table because you aren’t running your business as effectively as you could? What do you need to do to stay ahead of the curve? What should you do to reduce insecurity for your clients and employees, streamline marketing, and take advantage of technology with strategies to build your business?… Continue Reading Battle uncertainty with business strategy

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A perfect elevator speech should compel the receiver to ask a meaningful question back. It should be interesting, and it should state what the person does and give enough information to weed out people who have no interest in what you do. The goal of an effective elevator speech is to convince people who may… Continue Reading Does your elevator speech go to the top? Think about it

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Employees knew the salary and the compensation package when they were hired. They applied for the job, so presumably, they knew what the work entailed. What else do great employees want? How do managers keep terrific employees? As it turns out, at all levels, employees want leadership. Real leadership fosters a vibrant working environment, and… Continue Reading Leadership: Here’s what employees want from you in 2013

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Making change easier

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Keeping ahead of changing technology and a changing business environment means adapting and implementing new ideas on a continuous basis. Yet many people tend to shy away from change. People don’t like changing procedures, processes and overall change in general. The status quo is comfortable. Change seems hard. If you are in charge of making… Continue Reading Making change easier

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Winning your gold

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As we watch the amazing feats of athleticism performed by thousands of dedicated Olympic athletes from all over the world, I wonder how many people devote Olympian time, energy, discipline, and focus to their passions, their dreams, or their businesses. What can business leaders learn from Olympic athletes? 1. Get great advice. Listen to smart… Continue Reading Winning your gold

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Entrepreneurship: Succeed or bust

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Are you meant to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes to build a business for yourself? Do you have a great idea that needs to be in the marketplace? 1. Do you love what you do? Are you passionate about getting up in the morning and starting to work on your business?… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship: Succeed or bust

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What does it take to be wildly successful?

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Are these 10 statements true for your business or do you need to make some adjustments? 1. We know what we sell. We are clear about our products, services, and what we offer. We can explain what we do in 30 seconds or less. 2. We have a plan for our business, and we run… Continue Reading What does it take to be wildly successful?

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Be a great board member

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Many enthusiastic volunteers accept positions as part of a non-profit board, committee, or community effort such as local chambers of commerce, philanthropic groups, or professional associations. The learning curve tends to be very high during the first year. They are thrilled that you stepped up, and you are excited to be involved. Now what? 1.… Continue Reading Be a great board member

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