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Culture: Your Competitive Advantage

Culture: Your Competitive Advantage

Most owners and leaders are so busy with the day to day of their business, it leaves little time to work on their business. I get it because it happened to Tony and me in the early years of owning our shop. No words of wisdom suddenly made us see the light. We were simply …

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Leadership in Times of V.U.C.A.

Leadership in Times of V.U.C.A.

When business and life are good, leadership seems easy. When business or life is challenging leadership is more vital than ever. We are living in a time of VUCA, a concept that originated decades ago with students at the U.S. Army War College. It has been recently used in business management and leadership training. This …

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Leadership and Your Word

Leadership and Your Word

Keep It Simple Small business owner have a lot to focus on. Heres a way to keep it simple. Each year I choose a word that represents what I will focus on that year. This year it’s “Self-Care.” I’m not big on resolutions defined as (To start or stop doing something) Understand, I thrive on …

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How Does Working With Family Work?

How Does Working With Family Work?

The Debate This is a topic I often have with business owners. It can be a controversial topic because it can feel personal. Some will say it can work and others will say it can’t. I say it depends.  It depends on your mindset going into the working relationship.   Looking for cheap help it …

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10 Business Lessons I’ve Learned

10 Business Lessons I've Learned

Whether you’re a new business owner or have been a business owner for decades there are lessons to be learned at each of the 5 stages of business. The key word being learned. While most owners look for ways to be more profitable, profitability is only one part of achieving a healthy business. A healthy business is one that …

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It’s Not Your Fault Until It Is

Small Business Owner Questions Culture

I had some recent conversations with small business owners. All looking for ways to improve an area of their business. The conversations had to do with Sales, Profits, Processes, Customers or Teams. I thought it was interesting, how the conversations and questions came back to teams. The fact is you can’t grow your business alone …

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