Counterintuitive Truth: It’s EASIER to Build Ideas with Input from Others

Business Planning Strategy

When I start working on an idea, it’s riddled with unexpected problems.

Seriously, the most cool thing about one’s mind and ability to creatively dream can also be the biggest obstacle.

No, I’m not going to tell you to get out of your own way.

I am saying that everything inside your head – for as long as the knowledge resides there – is perfect. Behind the scenes all sorts of ideas are incorporated … to the extent that the brain possesses the information.Read More


Your business begins and ends with you.

Your business begins and ends with you

Neil Diamond fans, I am singing “The Story of My Life” along side you.

With these lyrics in mind … who holds YOU accountable to the best interests of the business? Short answer: it’s more than just you. A mentor, a coach (business or life), a consultant, an advisor each play a role that allows you to make more informed decisions, which makes a better decision possible. People who fill each of these roles contribute to business success; when you choose them carefully, add them to your trusted circle, and consider the information – that in the end – you choose to use or not.

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Powerful Mission Statements Avoid These 5 Traps

Powerful Mission Statement

“Create a mission statement people want to stand behind. Give the brand a clear voice that is specific, inspiring, and offers value.” – Jess Dewell

“Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA)

Did BBBSA’s mission compel you to sit up a bit straighter?Read More


Principle 1: Lead Vivaciously

Lead Vivaciously

Internal positioning touches on many topics:

  • Vision, mission, core values;
  • Long range plans and ideas;
  • Structuring teams; and
  • Products, research/development.

Individually, specific skills exist that demonstrate your ability to lead. Through awareness, connection and trust, people will follow others. To that end, Forbes published a test entitled “Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader?,” which is worth taking today to set a baseline. (Psst. Be honest … no one knows the answers but you.)
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