What Are Your Core Business Values?

Most business owners claim that their businesses operate on a set of core values. Many of these same business owners will claim, and even boast, that these core values guide every aspect of the business. However, when I performed an assessment of many of these organizations, it quickly became obvious that the “real” core values […]

Procrastination: Business Poison

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” Victor Kiam Procrastination is an insidious force that can compromise the effectiveness of highly qualified professionals, and organizations, thus poisoning the productivity and potential success of the business. What is so amazing is that procrastination is not due to what you cannot control such as market forces, strong competition, unpredictable customer […]

Accountability: Cornerstone of Success

Business owners and leadership teams strive daily to perfect the execution of the key success factors of their business. Success factors might range from financial stability, positive cash flow, experience, leading edge technology, cultural sensitivity, etc. One key success factor that is often overlooked, but one that is fundamental and a cornerstone to the success […]

Style Guide: Do you have one?

Customer purchasing habits have changed markedly since the development and rapid expansion of web based applications where you can find almost anything at anytime.  Consequently the science of attracting and retaining customers has become very sophisticated involving SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and one-click shopping for example This has become even more challenging for businesses with […]

Know Your Business is in Control!

Every business owner wants a smooth running business that produces products and services that more than satisfy their customers upon first use (it works when you turn it on) providing high reliability (here it works each and every time). However, we have all had purchasing experiences that conflict with this view where the product or […]

What Can Seal Training Teach You about Leadership?

Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, gave the 2014, University of Texas at Austin, commencement address.The theme of the address was the graduation event marks the beginning where the graduates will have the opportunity to change the world. To guide them in pursuits, Admiral Rosen shared the benefit of his experience […]

Should Your Business Produce a Profit?

There continues to be an ongoing argument regarding the profit motive of capitalism. Those against profit argue that owners, significant company executives and shareholders are motivated by greed at the expense of employees in order to line the pockets of a few.  Is this true, an exaggeration or an attempt by special interests (idealogs), to […]

Marketing: Is it the Right Decision?

From time-to-time, I am asked if I would recommend that a company should invest in “marketing?”  If you are in business, obviously you should market your products and services, but the “what, where, how much, how do I know it worked” should go into making that decision. Many companies rushed to the web in the […]

Why Not You?

A guiding slogan in the Seattle Seahawk organization during the regular season and playoffs was “Why not us?” This inspirational slogan originated from Seahawk quarterback, Russell Wilson, whose father would tell him as a young boy “Russ, why not you? Why can’t you be a world champion, whatever you want to be?” The season ending […]

Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders

Scott Williams provides 10 clear distinctives to help understand the difference between a manager and a leader. Summary: Leaders Believe in others Encourage others to be more, to do more. Challenge others to dream and think big. Correct others to get back in line. Managers and Leaders have different roles. Leaders develop followers to be […]