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November, 2012

6 Steps to “Iron Dome” Your Business

It is the belief of every business owner or leader to operate their business so that it is invincible to business threat conditions. However, this it is easier to believe or wish this than to execute it as a strategy.

I compare this belief to the Iron Dome missile defense system that Israel turned from idea to reality and deployed it in 2011. This system is capable of engaging incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells targeting population areas. Although not 100% effective it has proven to intercept as many as 90% of the rockets launched.


What if you could intercept and successfully eliminate incoming threats to your business 90% of the time. You may believe you already have a business model capable of that performance but I suspect that unless you are . . . read more.

Mike Brice
Phone: (206)226-1617

Feature Article

"6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built To Last"

by Glenn Llopis,

This article addresses an important issue in the life cycle of team building and management - the ability for the team to operate successful over time. Teams can often work together on one project or objective but to successfully move from one task to another poses a number of issues that a leader will need to deal with in order for the talents of the team to be best used in the business.

The six ways to build successful teams that last are:

  1. Be Aware of How You Work
  2. Get to Know the Rest of the Team
  3. Clearly Define Roles & Responsibilities.
  4. Be Proactive with Feedback.
  5. Acknowledge and Reward.
  6. Always Celebrate Success.

Developing a team that stays together and is successful requires a leader with seasoned experience in not only blending their skills and competency into the team but also with the team members as well.

Click here to read the complete article.

Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • How do I affect those that I work with?
  • Do I communicate clearly?
  • Do I encourage discussion and feedback on good/bad team actions?

If you question the effectiveness of your leadership execution contact Mike to learn about the Executive Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Management Resources
Attitude: Zig Ziglar teaches people all over the world the fundamentals of sales and success. Here he tells a story of a woman with a negative attitude who hated her job, shifted her attitude and changed her life.
Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference (9:28 min)
Note: For those that have attended and enjoyed a Zig Ziglar session, he passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Leadership Performance: As business leaders, each of us is faced with a similar dilemma today. How do we need to change to stay effective despite the rapid and continuous change we are faced with in the business environment today?
Harvard Professor Linda Hill- Leaders must be Game Changers (1:38 min)

Reputation: Valorie Burton says if you want a second chance, you can’t be afraid to own up to your failure
How to rebuild your reputation in the office (7:22min)

Job Stress: In what the researchers said is the largest project to examine leadership and stress, the study recruited 148 leaders and 65 non-leaders from the Boston metro area and from a Harvard executive education program designed for senior-level officials in the public sector, which included members of the military.
New Study: Leaders Are Less Stressed Than Their Subordinates

Leadership Behavior: Motive. Passion. Spontaneity.
Three Traits Every Great Leader Must Demonstrate

IT Infrastructure: The transition to each new version of Windows has always drawn criticism. Back in 2001, even the now-beloved Windows XP was met with widespread derision for its supposedly IQ-lowering candy-colored palette. But Windows 8, the operating system unveiled last month, is getting hit especially hard.
Windows 8: Revolution or disaster?

Business Development: Stop blaming the economy for your troubles, says "Turnaround King" Grant Cardone. Here's what you should do instead.
3 Surprising Secrets to Thriving Now

Value Selling: Most deals aren't won on price alone. Align your value proposition with your buyer's strategic needs and the deal will get bigger and possibly better.
Why Price Isn't the Biggest Factor on Big Deals

Communication: We've all seen business and political leaders make some remarkably dumb and destructive decisions. What typically comes to mind are major debacles like Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, the massive fraud at Enron and Worldcom, BP's Gulf oil spill, and the subprime mortgage meltdown.
7 things leaders should learn to say

Global Business: Alexandra Mathews loves to travel, but she never expected her road bug would help build the family business. But her San Antonio-based company Lucifer Lighting, which makes high-quality lighting fixtures, has been growing thanks to the stylish lighting executive's globetrotting ways - and deep Rolodex.
5 tips for building business overseas

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