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Business Innovation for Fun and Profit – 5 Steps Plus a Template

        Business innovation can be a never-ending rat race. Customer expectations are constantly evolving and growing. The stakes are high and there is little room for wasted effort. Get a handle on business innovation. Focus and maximize your impact.   Get excited about change. Change is constant and accelerating. You can’t stop […]

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Time Management & Effective Meetings

Happiness is an Efficient Meeting – 7 Tips Plus an Agenda Template!

When was the last time you were in an efficient meeting? When did you last walk out of the room thinking, “Wow! That was the best use of time, ever!” Whether the organizer or a participant, use the following tips to boost effectiveness. Know why you are meeting. Are you meeting to share information, or […]

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When Business Technology Backfires

When technology backfires, the results can get really ugly. Rather than building business, the best laid plans can cut you off at the knees. If you’ve ever upgraded your technology infrastructure, you’ve probably researched the field, and selected the latest elegant system which, according to the reassuring sales representative, is the answer to all your […]

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Thanksgiving

How Black Fridays Might Save Thanksgiving

Welcome to a month of Black Fridays. Black Friday crept over and engulfed Thanksgiving years ago. From stores opening at midnight, to late night on Thanksgiving, to early evening on Thanksgiving, to Thanksgiving day itself, the mercantile mentality has slowly overrun the day of thanks. This year some merchants barely could wait until Halloween had past to roll […]

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Profit and People: The Bottom Line

What is the bottom line for business? Revenues minus expenses is the stock answer, and it is absolutely correct. But what are the true expenses, and what is the true bottom line? Expenses are the payments made to generate profits. When profits are threatened, expenses may be cut.  And sometimes, to save the company, the sacrifices […]

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Time Management the Simple Hard Way

Time management is tough. Where did the time go? Whether you’re wondering about the last hour, day, week, month, quarter or year, time flies. And too often we don’t have as much to show for it as we hoped. So how do we capture time and put it to better use? First, be brutally honest […]

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New Beginnings for Business – Get the Worksheet

Another school year has begun, with new beginnings for students and families. The first day of school, or the first day of high school, or the first day of college – all milestones pointing toward hopeful and exciting futures. It is also a time for new beginnings for business.  Summer is winding down; vacations have come […]

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Building Business Now: Five Lessons from Bluegrass

Bluegrass music can teach us a lot about building business. Bluegrass builds connections. It’s folk music with energy and passion. A band “wailing, picking and grinning,” can move an audience to giddy joy or quiet melancholy. People “get it,” and are sold. There are business lessons to be learned, and like bluegrass itself, the lessons are simple. […]

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