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To Thine Own Self Be True

Perhaps there is no more fundamental ethical value pertinent to trustworthiness than honesty.

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Ready, Fire, Aim: How Fast is Your Growth Strategy?

How does your business build an effective growth strategy?  I recently picked up another copy of the book Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson. I thought I’d share what I got from the book and how you might apply it to your business growth efforts. Michael has a strong background…

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The Value of a Lifetime Customer

I’ve been in and around the business world for almost 30 years, and I can tell you that while most savvy business owners understand that it’s important to maintain good relationships with their customers and keep them repurchasing for many years, most would be hard-pressed to give you a dollar…

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Where Did My New Years’ Resolution Go?

Resolve comes easily on December 31st. By March of the new year, the resolutions made are in disarray, compromised, abandoned. And the resolute determination to make this year, finally, the year you stick to ‘em, forgotten altogether. This is not about guilt over this abandonment. Instead, it is about the…

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How Marketing And Puppies Are Alike

At first glance, this might seem like a bit of a stretch – that a puppy and marketing could possibly have anything in common, but with some further thought and contemplation, you will see raising a puppy into a good dog takes many of the same skills and talents that…

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Your Business Success Quadrants

These days it seems like everyone has their view on what it takes to have success in business, how to put it all together, and what the elements of success really are in business and in life. After giving this a lot of thought, here’s a little different spin on…

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Being Authentic In Your Business & Your Life

There’s a lot of talk these days about being authentic – especially as it relates to your business. The question is, what exactly does that mean? Some business owners have taken this to mean they can say and do whatever they want to because it’s just them being authentic. Everyone’s…