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7 Power Concepts of Business

What does it take to own and operate a successful company? The fundamentals of owning and operating any business are remarkably the same. There are 7 major areas that require your attention as an owner. I call this The Power…

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Loaves of Bread Not Slices

I’ll admit it. I’m not a giant fan of reading financials and management reporting. I’ll also admit. That I can help pretty much any business be more successful and they’ll fail if they don’t know the numbers. That’s why I…

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What’s the Value of Remembering the Past?

Not much! That is unless you’ve learned something from it. The key to remembering the past is not to keep carrying over lessons of just what went wrong in the past and then vowing to never repeat the same mistake…

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A Business or a Hobby

“Is it a Business or a Hobby?” That’s the question I ask contractors that I speak to at workshops, in webinars that I run or in teleseminars. I even ask my clients that when we begin our one to one…

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3 Deal Breakers When It Comes to Employees

“You can’t see everything” That was the sage advice my dad gave me after I had been in the business full time for over 5 years. He gave me this advice because I had just vented about something I saw…

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Can’t drive it, wear it or show it off to my friends

I grew up in a family business. And the lines between family time and work time were very blurred at best. Talk around the dinner table was always a mix of the state of our NY sports teams and the…

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Why Bulleted Job Descriptions Don’t Work

Whenever I take on a new one to one consulting client, I ask them to send me a series of forms, templates and documents to review before I arrive onsite. . I do it for many reasons. The most important…

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Mastering the Master Project List

Why is it that your staff isn’t quite as excited as you are when you discuss a new project, a new process, a new policy or a habit you want to change? Because it’s annoying! This is especially true if…

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Training to Become a Better Trainer

I never wanted to become a great trainer and builder of staff at my own company. I also never wanted to feel like I was a hostage to my existing employees. And that was reason enough to swallow hard and…

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7 Tips to Survive Returning from a Vacation

How much do you dread going on vacation just because you know the hell you’ll face when you return to work?

I know I always loved and hated going on vacation.

That’s because I had to kill myself to clear up the backlog of work so I could go on vacation, there were calls I had to field about work while I was away, I was worried about what was going on while I was gone so I was always checking in and finally there was the pile of stuff waiting for me to do when I got back.

It got to the point I started to dread going on vacation instead of relishing them as a chance to unplug and recharge.

The occasional disaster and the routine foul-ups drained any joy feeling I had from having gone on vacation.

That is until I learned how to fix my company and fix my thinking. I was the problem and I finally decided it was going to change.

Here’s how my brothers and I learned to not only take charge of our company but get our lives back one vacation day at a time:

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