Get Really Real

Optimism is a beautiful thing.  Positive thinking, speaking and acting are
the core ingredients to creation. 

Contemplating undesired outcomes is equally powerful.  The key is not dwelling on negatives but being clear on the pitfalls to avoid.

Okay, let’s get real.  S*#T happens in business. The best designed strategies and tactics rarely work exactly as designed. Planning for unanticipated hiccups is part of running a company. Having the appropriate financial reserves is the surest way to ensure ongoing sustainability.

Cash flow remains king. 

The question many ...

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Are You Ready to Be a Ripple?

A fellow executive and I were chatting recently.  We were discussing the serious challenges facing a potential client and how we might help this company solve some very severe cash flow and business operational challenges.

This led to my friend reminiscing on his career and life.  A synopsis of his musings are as follows:

  • At the age of 25, he had aspirational goals to change the world
  • At 35, he narrowed his focus to the United States
  • At 45, he decided it was best ...
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Brutal Truth

One of the most underutilized tools in business is feedback.  Few know how to give it.  Fewer still actually use it. 

Doc Rivers, the LA Clippers coach said, “average players want to be left alone, good players want feedback and great players want to be told the truth.”

A grand paradox is only a small segment of any group can be truly “great.”  It’s a matter of statistics.  Remember the good old bell-shaped curve.  Ever look at an ...

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How to Create Happiness

For some executives, fame and fortune are the primary drivers that measure “success.”  Yet those who have become famous and wealthy often find it unfulfilling or fleeting.

There is nothing wrong with aspiring to see your picture on the cover of Fortune magazine or making the Inc. 5000 list.  Both are truly significant accomplishments.  Yet, there is a lot more to life. It has been said, “if you don’t go within, you go without.”  Success may be best measured via ...

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A Solution

A major problem plaguing many small and middle market companies is hiring exceptional talent to fuel growth and constructively break barriers preventing business improvement.

The unemployment rate is at 3.6%, the lowest level in over 50 years!  The pressure being felt by employers to find great team members is very real.

How can business owners, CEOs and executives maximize the talent currently on the team vs. finding new “unicorn” employees?   Here are a few simple suggestions.

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Love vs. Fear

Many years ago, a mentor of mine taught me an important lesson; always work to make the complex as simple as possible.  I’ll spare you painful story leading to the lesson.  Regardless, I never forgot the sage advice gifted to me so long ago.

Life in our complex world can be anything but simple.  Running a business is consistently fraught with balancing seemingly incompatible choices.  Yet, as executives, we are continually called to make difficult decisions.

How then can life’s grand complexities ...

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An Amazing Lie

Abe Lincoln said it best “No one is smart enough to be a successful liar.”

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, the blood testing start-up, for years misled some of the smartest experts in medicine, government and business is now another example of greed and narcissism on steroids.  If you’ve not picked up John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup do it today.  Carreyou, a Wall Street Journal investigative reporter did an amazing job ...

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The BIG Question

Have you ever asked yourself what is the true meaning of life?  Most have.  Most don’t know.

Of course, the ultimate answer is very individualistic.  We all have our own values, priorities and end goals.  Life’s true meaning is a personal choice.

The last couple of weeks have been challenging.  A lot going on.  Really busy.  Physically and emotionally draining.  It seems like there is always a “burning platform.”  Another major issue to solve.  Being an executive takes a lot of energy.

The ...

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A Corporate Killer

What do Jeff Bezos, Peloton (the fitness startup) and the stock market have in common?  Change, massive change.

Bezos’ life is going through a major upheaval.  (Divorce, from what I’ve been told, is rarely fun). Even the richest man on the planet (for the time being) experiences ongoing challenge.  Professionally and personally.

Peloton, a true “unicorn” that is transforming the fitness industry, vertically integrates proprietary technological software, hardware, fitness products, content, music and retail.  The major global manufactures of stationary bikes and ...

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Did You See That?

Blind spots can be a beautiful thing…provided you can see them.  An oxymoron I know.  How can you see a blind spot when…your blind?  The quick answer, by surrounding yourself with complimentary executive talent that sees what you don’t.  And most importantly, having the humility to listen to their perspectives, internalize their points of view and act on the higher conscious thinking that is created.

The most recent issue of Entrepreneur magazine shared an interesting interview with Chip Wilson, the founder ...

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