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Success-vs-Mediocrity

Leading People: When Success Breeds Mediocrity

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When it comes to leading people, I am disturbed by complacency. And mediocrity. I don’t know why it surprises me, because it’s so common in business organizations, but it does. What disturbs me most is when complacency comes disguised as success. Here’s what I hear: some business leaders are telling me their business is actually […]

Tips to Avoid Business Decision Errors

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Business owners and executives make decision errors when they get so entrenched in their own point of view they don’t see other possibilities. Bounded awareness is the term for this, and it’s more common than we think. It occurs when cognitive blinders prevent a person from seeing, seeking, using, or sharing relevant and accessible information […]

Are You Making Business Decisions with Blinders On?

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If you’re a typical business owner, you’re probably making some of your most important decisions with blinders on. It’s not unusual. Yet you probably feel like most entrepreneurs: smart and savvy, especially if your business results have been growing. But it only takes one serious mistake to see all those profits go down the drain […]

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Entrepreneurial DNA: What’s in Your Engine?

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Knowing yourself well is truly key when it comes to running a business. You have a lot of choices about where to spend your time, energy and money. If you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses, and don’t plan your business with those in mind, you’ll find yourself spinning more wheels than a stunt driver […]

Entrepreneurial Ideas

Do You Have Entrepreneurs Working for You?

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Not all entrepreneurs run their own business. In fact, you may have some entrepreneurs working for you in your organization. The key is in spotting them, and making sure they’re using their strengths. Otherwise, they’ll become discouraged and want to leave. But if you can engage them with work that challenges and interests them, they’ll […]

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What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?

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Have you ever wondered why some tasks come easy for you in business, while you’re stumped at others? Curious why a colleague has no problems with something you struggle with? Worse – have you ever felt like you just been handed square pegs? News Flash: Not every person who runs a business is the same. […]

Targeting a Group of People

How to Make Your Business Mission More Engaging

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Out of curiosity, last week I posted a question using the LinkedIn Answers tool, to find out what other colleagues’ ideas were for making mission statements more engaging to employees. The responses were immediate. Seems I’m not the only one who’s got ideas on this important issue! The idea came to me after posting the […]

Engage Your Employees

Business Purpose: Things to Do to Engage Your Employees

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how people can tap into the “power of purpose.” When I discuss business purpose and mission with company leaders, most get excited, especially business founders and owners. That’s not always what happens throughout the organization, however. How can you get front-line workers engaged and enthusiastic about their work for […]