Optimize Team Performance & Collaboration

Time and again, we read blogs and hear speakers who talk about the importance of alignment to optimize team performance and goal accomplishment. Without a doubt, taking the time to articulate the core purpose of an organization, as well as its vision, mission and core values; are critical keys to … More

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Strong Social Values Build Brand Loyalty

Without a doubt, folks are deeply polarized today – both in the United States and throughout the global community. We see it in our national presidential campaign, in Europe with the recent Brexit vote, and across northern Africa and the Middle East in the form of desperate terrorist acts and … More

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“Goodness Pays” – A Formula for Great Leadership

The list of management books that outline the characteristics of effective leadership is long and diverse.  That said, I recently heard a somewhat novel approach articulated by Paul Batz, an executive coach and speaker who specializes in helping folks be better leaders by living a well-balanced life.  Paul summarizes his … More

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Can Your Suppliers Help Your Cash Flow? Yes! Will They? Maybe! – Part Two

As part two on this topic, the example continues with a business buying materials with costs of $100,000 per month. Part one covered the opportunity around inventory levels and ownership. Now we turn to two other topics: Negotiation and Payment Terms As a newer organization I recommend staying with a … More

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Establishing Your Company: Decisions that Create the Foundation

People who know of “The Lean Start-Up” (http://theleanstartup.com/#principles) are familiar with the Minimum Viable Product (MVP).  The pitch goes something like this: ‘Get it into the market and then improve it based on everything you learn from customers.’  Sort of a “Ready, Fire, Aim” approach. This may work in product/service … More

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Can Your Suppliers Help Your Cash Flow? Yes! Will They? Maybe! – Part One

Many entrepreneurs start their businesses with an idea and a spirit of adventure that should be admired and cared for. Yet for many, the process of acquiring cash for future growth is a daunting exercise, and frequently they turn to either a bank or an independent investor for help. Both … More

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