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How to improve the ROI on your long-term investment strategy



How to improve the ROI on your long-term investment strategy

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES) Leo Tolstoy is famous for pointing out that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same can be said of businesses. I often work with business leaders to assess the return on investment received from various strategic investments in their companies, […]

3 things small businesses can learn from mixing concrete



3 things small businesses can learn from mixing concrete

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (FARAKOS) Sakrete is one of the handiest products ever developed. It’s basically a bag of rocks and sand, but to a weekend warrior with a honey-do list, it can be a magic dust. Packaged in small bags almost anyone can carry, Sakrete is an aggregation of Portland cement, sand and different-sized […]

​7 steps to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into company culture



​7 steps to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into company culture

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (IMAGE SOURCE) Every company wants to stay relevant and be in the forefront of their industry. This requires an imaginative staff creating new solutions and thinking outside the box. But first you need to change your company culture. This is easier said than done. A positive company culture is what we […]

Do your talent plans include critical roles or critical people?



Do your talent plans include critical roles or critical people?

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (YURI_ARCURS) Like most employers, you likely have a number of employees in critical positions. These roles significantly impact your company’s revenue, growth, and business plans. The loss of a person holding such a position would adversely affect your company, and finding a replacement won’t be easy. For example, the chief executive […]

How to make your mission a powerful tool for change



How to make your mission a powerful tool for change

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (MARTIN BARRAUD) The great organizations I know have missions with purpose. I suspect that somewhere in their evolution, someone stepped forward to challenge or lead those organizations in ways that now make a difference for others. A unique and worthy mission was established. That person, most likely, was its leader, a […]

​The 4 stages of business growth each present their own challenges



​The 4 stages of business growth each present their own challenges

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (NYS444) We like the way Jim Canfield of Renaissance Executive Forums defines the various stages of business growth. They provide a convenient classification that helps us recognize and appreciate the goals and challenges of each level of progression. Here we apply his staging definitions to the physical consumer product business: 1. […]

How to distinguish between objectives and solutions



How to distinguish between objectives and solutions

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (TOM MERTON) In his book, Lead With a Story, Paul Smith tells about Jayson Zoller when he was a student at the University of Central Florida 20 years ago. One of Jayson’s favorite professors often arranged research projects for the class with community leaders. In one such case, the professor described […]

How to protect your small business from cybercrime



How to protect your small business from cybercrime

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (G-STOCKSTUDIO) Regardless of your business, someone will try to steal data, use your computer to spread viruses, or simply hold your systems for ransom. CPA and law firms are lovely targets, as are manufacturers, or even restaurants. If you have email, hold social security numbers or bank account numbers, or accept […]