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managing business uncertainty

5 Tips on Managing Business Uncertainty

Managing business uncertainty can be overwhelming. Even if you embrace and even welcome change, dealing with uncertainty from local markets and  global developments is a whole different ballgame. What’s happening with the economy? What is the impact of global warming on the weather, or agriculture and water supplies, or property values and retirement destinations? How […]

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The Peaceable Leader

Do you know a peaceable leader? What is a peaceable leader?  Think back to all the leaders you have known, in business and in other fields. Now think about those you would consider the best. What do they have in common? I have had the privilege of knowing, working with, and working for several exemplary […]

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jumpstart business

Strategic Planning: Act Now and Jumpstart Business in 2019

If you expect to jumpstart business in the new year, you have the next three weeks, period, to plan and strategize. But it’s barely November, you’re thinking; there’s plenty of time for strategic planning. Right? Wrong. In 21 days we will be knee-deep in Thanksgiving festivities. Depending on your traditions, this may mean massive grocery […]

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Implementing a breakthrough idea

6 Tips for Implementing a Breakthrough Idea

Implementing a breakthrough idea can be the pinnacle of achievement, or the train wreck of the century. You’ve explored and analyzed, checked the marketplace and competition, pulled ideas from other industries and thought way out of the box. Or perhaps a bolt of lightning struck you with a transcendent “Wow!” moment during your morning shower. […]

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Breakthrough ideas

Business Leadership: Finding Breakthrough Ideas

What is your batting average for breakthrough ideas? When is the last time you, metaphorically speaking, went outside the lines of the coloring book, out of the book altogether, and created a masterpiece on the living room wall? There’s nothing wrong with following standard procedures or well-established practices. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” […]

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rationalization and redirection

Rationalization and Redirection, and Leadership

As a business leader, are you prone to rationalization and redirection, or are you exercising true leadership? Rationalization: It’s easy to fall into the rationalization trap. Your colleague or predecessor took action which you view as inappropriate.  There may have been repercussions, but not as severe as you would have hoped, and the outcome was […]

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joy at work

How to Create Joy at Work!

Have you ever considered how to create more joy at work? Huh? Joy at work? Is this a joke? If work wasn’t work, we wouldn’t call it work, right? Well, work might not always be sunshine and lollipops, indeed, it might sometimes seem like the deepest, darkest, most inescapable imaginable bog. Yet even in the […]

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creating new products and finding new ideas

Creating New Products and Finding New Ideas: 5 Quick Tips

What is the trick? How adept are you at creating new products and finding new ideas? Nothing is more dead than yesterday’s hot item. Customers are attracted to novelty. The blockbuster movie premiere, the newest restaurant on the block or the latest viral dance craze capture the media and lock in our attention. Technology, interests […]

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professional reputation

How to Destroy Your Professional Reputation in 7 Easy Steps

Do you take your professional reputation for granted? Do you assume that others share the image you have of yourself? You might see yourself as the “joker,” or the “by the numbers” person, the “peacemaker,” the “ideas person,” the “kid” or the “father figure.” But others may see you very differently. And its the perceptions […]

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survive a bad boss

How to Survive a Bad Boss

A great boss can bring out the best in you; a bad boss can transform the best job in the world to the worst one ever. You spend half of your weekday life in the presence and under the control of your boss. If you’re fortunate, the two of you are on the same wavelength; […]

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