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Small biz optimism at near-record levels: Don’t miss the boat!

There has been a lot of hopeful talk that the current economic growth will continue in a way similar to what the country experienced during and immediately after the Reagan years. While it’s far too early to be making those comparisons, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism hit “Reaganesque” levels in […]

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2018: Time to be bold or go home

Do you believe that “slow and steady wins the race” or that you need to “throw caution to the wind” in order to be successful? I ask the question because it seems to me that today’s cultural and business climate is one that leans heavily toward bold innovation and social change. Mark Cuban recently commented […]

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Values, Culture, and My Grade School Soccer Coach, Mr. Nolan

By Dan Coughlin Recently I spent a magical day in Philadelphia. In the morning I worked with the top 14 executives in a tremendous company focused on their values and culture. In the afternoon, I spent four hours at the Liberty Museum, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and the brand new Museum of the American Revolution. […]

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What to do when Snopes rejects everything you believe!

See if you’ve ever been caught in this personally embarrassing social media scenario: You find something in the news that gets your blood churning because it aligns perfectly with your thoughts and opinions. You post it on Facebook and within about 10 minutes people start pointing out that Snopes or some other fact checker has […]

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Delegating the Right Way (Part 2 of 2)

By Cliff Ennico (Part One is here.) Once you have made up your mind that it’s time to start delegating to other people and growing your business, and decided upon what to delegate, only three questions remain: To whom do you delegate? How do you delegate? How do you avoid losing control of your business? […]

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Giving it Your Best Shot

By John Tschohl “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have trained trainers and employees all over the world and have taught them to believe in themselves and their abilities. I have written several books to spread the word about service strategies […]

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Discover what happens when ‘Love It or List It’ collides with the small business world

What would the cable TV love child of CNBC’s The Profit and HGTV’s Love It or List It look like? I think it would look pretty much like A&E’s new program, Save It or Sell It. The new reality series features Robert Hirsch and Eric Casaburi. The pair visit struggling businesses whose ownership is torn […]

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Delegating the Right Way (Part 1)

By Cliff Ennico One of the hardest things a company founder, entrepreneur, or self-employed professional can do is get out of their own way and allow their businesses to grow without them. And there is one and only one way to do that – delegating to others. No one individual can build a billion-dollar business […]

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6 management mistakes that will kill employee motivation

I was talking to an elementary school teacher the other day who works for a major school district. While there are many things she likes about her job, her list of complaints was pretty long. It made me wonder how many small business owners are making these same type of management mistakes. She told me […]

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The Illusion of Control

By Dan Coughlin For the past 20 years I’ve been an advisor to executives and entrepreneurs. Many times I’ve heard comments from my clients about wanting greater authority and control. They sound like this: “If I had more control over people, I could get so much more done.” “If I could be put in charge […]

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