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Tis the Season….

During this season, many of us shift our focus to what we plan to buy for those in our families and sometimes for some of our work colleagues. It is really a great time of the year. Often, the things we buy have a defined shelf life – a specific time of use. When the...

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Lessons From 10 Days of Travel

The last two weeks have been packed full with client work in five cities necessitating plane, train and automobile travel through nine states! I write this while flying the final leg home; so far, the travel has been uneventful, except for auto traffic during rush...

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A Leader’s Secret Weapon

This was a very interesting week for me. Actually, it was the culmination of observing a consistently common element at play over the course of many weeks. Both the clients I have been working with and many of their employees I have spoken to have expressed a common...

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Are You Driving Change?

No one can deny change is all around us. Change is happening the way we shop, the way we view entertainment, the places or sources we rely on for information, and countless other examples. But when it comes to changes in your organization, the question is whether you...

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Life Is Too Short To Spend It Unhappily

These words were said by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, who recently passed away. Although this perspective came after a life-changing cancer diagnosis, it is true for all of us how life really is too short to spend time on things or with people who don’t...

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Succession Planning

Goal Setting

Goal Setting and Goal Achievement

Much has been written about goal setting. Yet, many people comment that they are not satisfied with their performance in achieving those goals. This article is intended to address not only the effective setting of goals, but also to identify 8 steps to ensure that you...

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Employee Hiring & Retention

Hiring for the Long Term

Most managers and senior executives would agree that the task of hiring can be one of the responsibilities with the most impact in their organization. There are many reasons for this, including:   Many managers simply do not interview often enough to become expert at...

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The Value of Delegating

For the small business owner, deciding what, when and how to delegate, along with to whom to delegate to, are sometimes very difficult decisions to make. After all, it has taken your blood, sweat and sometimes tears to build the business. If you really want to let the...

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We Can’t All Be Iron Man

"Mark Zuckerberg. Steve Jobs. Elon Musk. Tony Stark. Only one of those four is fictional, but all share in a popular mythology that the most successful CEOs are independent visionaries who create value through sheer inspiration and force of will. But it obscures a...

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Deciding How Much to Pay Employees

Given the tight labor market of today, many companies struggle with the issue of how much to pay employees. You certainly want to pay someone based on the value they provide the company, but how do you decide exactly what that amount should be? You would probably...

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