Entrepreneur Awareness

The Velocity of Leadership

Your professional growth depends on your desire and ability to accelerate through life. Your daily challenges and obstacles (Dragons) are increasing and unending. Merely improving your leadership skills at a constant rate is not enough to keep up. The demands of your surrounding environment are often increasing at a faster pace. If you don’t accelerate …

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Do You Delight Or Destroy Your Customers?

Do You Delight Or Destroy Your Customers? (Expect the unexpected.) It’s baffling how badly some of the largest corporations in the world treat their customers. And I receive bad customer service, I get first-hand experience of the frustrations we all feel when we have less than satisfying interactions. For me, I have become so cynical …

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Leadership - PhD in Failure

How To Earn A PhD In Failure

I earned a PhD – in Failure – after I was fired in 1996. I served three years as President of a pay telephone management company, well before payphones (remember those?) were decimated by the cell phone industry. We achieved a stunning 1000% growth over this period, but suddenly our revenues fell precipitously. At the …

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What State Do You Live In? (The Ready State?)

What State Do You Live In? You may have heard this saying: “You’re going to be living in your body your entire life, so you might as well take care of it, like your home.” So, too, goes the state of your mind – your attitude, your mood, your sense of optimism. Our state of …

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Can You Keep A Secret? (How to save your company and yourself)

Remember the last time you asked someone: “Can you keep a secret?” You might have been burning to divulge something you held in confidence about yourself or someone else. In a business context, secrets have several distinctions:   Dragons & Enemies   Dragons – external to ourselves – are about someone or something else. You …

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How To Hypnotize Yourself (The Art of Convincing Yourself of Anything)

Self-talk can be inspirational and motivating. It can also be negative and debilitating. But, what’s at the source of this self-talk? After years of ingrained habits, attitudes and responses, it’s sometimes difficult to know if our thoughts are the result of ‘nature’ or ‘nurture.’  Over time, we believe this self-talk and effectively hypnotize ourselves. The …

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Dancing with a Dragon (Learning Not To Catastrophize)

For centuries, the lore of the Dragon has enchanted the world. Their fierceness and mythology have been the subject of compelling stories. Dragons appear in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They vary based on their ability to fight, whether they can blow fire, the size of their wings, and other distinct traits. In …

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“No, Hell No!” (Just Say It)

Ray Pitman was a legend in the construction industry instrumental in designing and building equipment that lifts people and materials, conceiving the ‘boom truck’ hydraulic lift (also known as the ‘cherry picker.’) Ray served with the Army Corp of Engineers in World War II, was on Iwo Jima to help build the first aircraft landing strip, …

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How To Take A Punch (Absorbing A Business Blow)

Lessons from Martial Arts Kung Fu, a martial art form, was developed by the Shaolin monks who reside in the forests of China’s Shaoshi Mountain. Kung Fu is both powerful and poetic, borrowing many of its moving poses from insects and animals like the praying mantis and tiger. Shaolin warriors dance with graceful energy and …

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Dragons & Enemies (Defined)

Most business owners are unwittingly standing in the way of their own business growth. Many claim impediments to breakthrough growth are based on external factors such as competition, the recession, employees, distributors, banks, etc. These forces may indeed be creating challenges for business growth. But, consider two propositions that could apply to most small to …

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