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Removing barriers to growth in your business

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” … Andy Rooney Understand … and deal with … what is holding you back from growing If you are not running a lifestyle company then you need to constantly grow your business to survive. Not   …   Read More

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How to maintain Focus on your Priorities

” The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule,but to schedule your priorities.” … Stephen Covey Focus on priorities and achieve your desired results We all have been through some form of strategic planning and identified the keys to our success going forward. Associated with that we develop a (hopefully short) list of   …   Read More

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How to negotiate with a win/lose player

How do you negotiate with someone who has no desire to try for a win/win solution?  I have observed some people who seem to judge whether or not they “win” by how badly – and visibly – they beat you. Anyone come to mind? Believe it or not, the genesis of this post was NOT   …   Read More

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Funding business growth with “free” money

How would you like to see more of your tax dollars used to help you and your company grow? Some of your tax dollars are used to fund government programs which give money to businesses (large and small) who do things that align with government priorities. In Canada, there are over 3,000 government programs with   …   Read More

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Does your (small) business have value for successors ?

If you currently run a small business, what will your legacy be as a a business leader?  Will you squander what you have built and end up leaving nothing of value for your successors?  Or will you take steps now to ensure your organization is sustainable, equipped to compete – now and for a long   …   Read More

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Innovating for Results

There is a lot of talk about innovation.  Much of it revolves around how to anticipate customer needs (ideally before the customer or any of your competitors recognize the need) and generate ideas about products and services that will help customers meet those needs. There are books and articles about how to get employees, suppliers,   …   Read More

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What every executive needs to know about Cybersecurity

Virtually every business has had hackers attack their systems.  Many don’t know it.  Some don’t want to admit it publicly.  But with all the robots and other tools available to hackers, if you are connected to the internet – which virtually every business is – someone has gone after you. You will be / have   …   Read More

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The how and why of customer loyalty programs

Customer loyalty programs can bring immense value to your organization … if done right Customer Satisfaction and Customer Loyalty: Are these fads or key business principles? What are they worth to your business? What is more important: Satisfaction or Loyalty? How can you measure them? What do you do to improve? and many more questions   …   Read More

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A horse makes a great teacher for business leaders

“When you take care of your horse,your horse takes care of you.” … Chloe Thurlow, Author Leadership is about balance. Balance between guiding others while being sensitive to their capabilities and needs. Learning to ride a horse (well) can teach a leader much of what they need to know for working with people. My daughter   …   Read More

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How to hire for “fit”

” People don’t leave companies; they leave people. ” … Dale Carnegie Skills are good ; attitude is more important I have the pleasure of chairing a CEO Peer-to-Peer group and one of the recurring topics is about fit.  How do we ensure that new employees we bring into our company are a good fit   …   Read More