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Building A Culture of Innovation

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin

You want your company to thrive because it innovates, not innovate to survive. Major changes in the global economy, technology, and demographics, are significantly disrupting many industry sectors, putting a squeeze on profit margins of companies in status quo mode while rewarding the innovators with new opportunity and stronger market positions.

How to Use Lean to Increase Customer Satisfaction, Grow Sales and Build Your Company

The concept of Lean was recently popularized within the technology community by Eric Ries’s excellent 2011 book, The Lean Startup. While the concept of Lean is new to the technology community, the principles of Lean were developed and adopted by other leading industries many years ago, particularly in manufacturing and logistics, and have proven to create significant and enduring enterprise value.

The 10 Habits of Relentless Action

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” -– Leonardo da Vinci

The Importance of a Morning Ritual for Business Leaders

If you have been subscribing to my newsletter long enough, or following my blog, you will know how strongly I believe in good disciplines, rituals and systems.  I am 100% sure that achieving success, like growing your business, is never an accident. Rather, it results from doing a few critical things well and REPEATEDLY, over a long period of time. The path to achieving any significant accomplishment is very clear, as there are proven markers set by successful people who have gone before us.

Becoming a Value-added Networker

‘Stop Selling. Start Helping.’
- Zig Ziglar
 

How to Learn From Every Failure

‘Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.’

- Charles Swindoll

 

Failure can be a good thing if you take it as an opportunity to learn and ‘Start again more intelligently.’ as Henry Ford said. No one has a consistent track record of success without ever experiencing failure. In fact, if you study the lives of great people, you find they experienced significant, repeated, and consistent failure, particularly early in their careers, before success was ultimately achieved.

How Business Leaders Communicate to Influence, Not Inform

How Business Leaders Communicate to Influence, Not Inform

 

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.”

How to Execute Well: Plan-Do-Check-Act

‘Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.’

- Coach John Wooden

 

Everybody needs a plan! Coaches have a game plan.  Pilots have a flight plan, investors have an investment plan, architects create a building plan, and the list goes on. Nothing of great substance happens without a plan. Of course, plans are not worth the paper they are written on if they don’t elicit action.

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