Category Archives: Surrounding yourself with talent

Which is more important: Management quality or a better plan?

So, what do you think is more important? The quality of your management team, or the plan you execute toward success? Checking with professional investors from angels to VC’s, the answer appears to be near unanimous: the quality of the … Continue reading

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Press release partnerships: Worth the effort?

Many of us make it a priority to find and partner with companies that can add to our offering or extend our reach.  And we rightly celebrate each such pairing, often with a mutual press release. And sometimes that’s all … Continue reading

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Can you pierce layers in supplier–customer partnerships?

I recently experienced an amazing effort of outreach by a vice president of a large national customer asking for a meeting with the product development team of a critical supplier, one of “my” companies.  The goal, the VP stated, was … Continue reading

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How to think like a growth CEO

Growth CEO’s differ from those who merely station–keep their way into the status quo, protecting the enterprise by reducing risk and cost – without creating a vision and action plan for growth. Here is a way to test yourself with … Continue reading

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How to network like a ninja

Dave’s comment:  This week we welcome our perennial favorite contributor, Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox, to offer us her sage advice on a subject where she is expert.  Outgoing, full of creative ideas, and certainly the best person to … Continue reading

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Rinse and repeat: revitalizing your business

Here’s a statement that you never thought would apply to your business planning.  Sometimes we get stuck in the muck with our marketing, product, management focus, and in keeping up with trends. It is natural for executives and entrepreneurs with … Continue reading

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How do you focus your team for action?

How do you get your team to focus and move forward effectively?  A fellow CEO recently told me of her method of assuring positive movement within her team.  She holds a weekly meeting of her direct reports, and asks them … Continue reading

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Eye of the needle? Why worry over your bottlenecks.

Think for a minute whether there is any process or person that could be classed as the eye of the needle in your organization.  Is there anything,  process or person, that stalls the flow of work from start to finish? … Continue reading

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How to avoid “death by meeting.”

Imagine yourself with a calendar requiring you to be in six meetings in a day.  Day after day.  How long would it take to induce you to rethink your use of time – and that of the others sitting (or … Continue reading

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How to simplify your commission structure

Is your commission structure so complex that even you must have help understanding it – and calculating a commission on a pending bid? Sales people are incentivized by money.  They usually are able to calculate what’s in it for them … Continue reading

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