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Susan's Frustration: Your Staff's Blunders May Be Caused by Your ENERGY

Sep 22, 2020

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Susan was furious as she hung up the phone.

It was 3 O'Clock on Tuesday morning. Susan was told by her distributor that another shipment would be delayed.

This late shipment meant Susan would, once again, have to pay penalties to retailers who would get their candle shipments late. She told her staff they needed to start meeting deadlines, or they would be fired. She even reminded them again in the past week that the shipment needed to leave their dock...

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Emily's Choice: Should I Stay or Should I GROW

Sep 16, 2020

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Today’s blog post is a story about a flower shop owner who things she’s done all she can with her business as she finally gets out of debt.  Her plans to coast are then challenged by a new stranger in her life.

Emily entered the bank for what she was sure would be the last time ever.

She rarely went to the bank unless she had problems with her accounts. This time was different. This time, Emily was making the final payment on a loan she had...

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Labor: Friend or Foe to the Small Business Owner?

Sep 08, 2020

As we celebrate Labor Day in 2020, I reflected on how this holiday came to be. As I started doing research on labor movements throughout the last century, it was obvious that trends in the labor can be quite helpful and harmful for us small business owners in the next century. Today’s blog post is a history lesson of the U.S. labor movements and a close examination of current trends that are important for small business owners.

History of Labor

In the late 1800’s and early...

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Election 2020 - It Just Doesn't Matter!

Sep 02, 2020

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I’m not sure if you noticed, but we have another highly contentious presidential election coming up in 2020. Plus, many of your elected representatives are up for re-election or are facing a challenger for their seat in congress.

With all this chaos, CNN and Fox News have picked their sides and are spinning the news to favor their candidate. They invite pundits on each hosted program who argue about why the other side is evil and their side is good.


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How Can Your Business be “Fruitful”?

Aug 16, 2020

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Every so often, I take stock of the blog posts I write and wonder if I’m making much of a difference in the lives of small business owners. Do people read them? Do they find knowledge or encouragement? Are business owners better off after applying the advice I give and experiences I share? Or Am I just rambling?

Today, I’ll write something that will most definitely make a difference in your life.

The title of today’s blog post comes...

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How to Successfully Groom Your Employees to Manage Your Business

Aug 14, 2020

In most cases, I get hired by a small business owner to coach them through some rudimentary business challenge like pricing, or time management, or work/life balance. Once they resolve these rudimentary challenges, their business grows. As their business grows, they run into an even greater problem. How to grow up managers within their own ranks.

The Trials & Tribulations

At first, the business owner is in denial. They somehow believe that they don’t need any other managers besides...

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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs to Growth

Aug 11, 2020

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When I first started out on my own, I was an independent business and sales consultant for energy services companies. After leaving my corporate sales management position in Honeywell, I swore that I’d never hire employees. Fast-forward 4-years, I hired my first employee… then my second and quickly grew to an office of five employees when a business consultant came knocking on my door.

I’ll never forget his words. He said, “Jeff,...

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Five Transformations Everyone Must Make to Be a Great Leader

Jun 17, 2020

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Invariably, in a business coaching session with a client, we talk about the employees who my client manages. As most businesses grow, my client is compelled to either promote one of his or her own people to a manager; or try to hire a manager outside of his or her company.

As you might imagine, most business owners want to promote their own employees into management positions. In some cases, they promote their employees who then fail in their new role as a...

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How to Find the RIGHT Business Coach for You

Jun 09, 2020

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I was an energy efficiency engineer for most of my professional career. When I entered a building, my wife would catch me looking at the lights in the building to see if they were using efficient lights.  After selling my engineering firm six years ago, I’ve been a business coach. Within five minutes after meeting a business owner, we’re talking about ways they can grow their business.  It’s hard for me not to be passionate...

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What if You Honored the Legacy of the Fallen this Memorial Day?

May 24, 2020

On this Memorial Day, I want to reflect on what motivated so many in our military to die for our freedoms and liberties that we take for granted today.

I enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1984. I was shocked when I got off the bus in San Diego, was yelled at, got all my hair cut off and forced to sit at a desk in silence, while I was told to study USMC rules. If I looked up, I’d get yelled at. If I smiled, I’d get yelled at. If I said one word to anyone around me, I’d get...

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