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Connecting: Exit stage left



Connecting: Exit stage left

From: bizjournals.com As I roam the world delivering workshops on networking, one very common challenge my participants begrudgingly admit: It is difficult to gracefully exit a conversation at a networking event. Indeed, it’s hard! And, frankly, it may not get any easier. So, give these ideas a try: 1.  “It’s been great talking with you.” This is my favorite approach. You […]

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 […]

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 […]

​Deliver the small business special sauce and you’ll have nothing to fear from Amazon



​Deliver the small business special sauce and you’ll have nothing to fear from Amazon

From: bizjournals.com Image Credits: GETTY IMAGES (STEVECOLEIMAGES) Eeep—Eeep—Eeep —Eee “Uh! Yes, Echo. I’m awake.” Walter’s answer stopped the noise and prompted this message from inside his pillow: “Good morning, Walter. It’s 6:30 a.m. in Amazone 3, Monday, March 8, 2087. Current temperature is a crisp 11 degrees Ama-Cius. Have a nice day.” Walter Wallace had received the […]

How to build an effective talent development program



How to build an effective talent development program

From: bizjournals.com With the global business environment shifting daily, it’s critical for organizations to be prepared for change. Companies need to make sure their teams have the right skills to ensure the organization can thrive in this increasingly complex ecosystem. In my last article, I discussed how to identify the must-have skills and competencies you need […]

5 tips for smooth ownership transitions for family businesses



5 tips for smooth ownership transitions for family businesses

From: bizjournals.com/boston Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (ILBUSCA) Building and maintaining a successful family business over multiple generations can pose significant challenges for families. As families expand and businesses grow and prosper, it can become complicated to ensure everyone has a role they are suited for and that promotes ongoing business and personal fulfillment. While it is inevitable […]