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Three secrets to a stronger “personal brand”

William Randolph Hearst built an empire around a simple brand dictum: “Get it first and get it right.” What is your personal dictum or tagline?… more...
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Think Big—But Not Too Big: 3 Tips for Setting Goals You’ll Actually Achieve

Think Big—But Not Too Big: 3 Tips for Setting Goals You’ll Actually Achieve

I have a couple of major personal and professional goals that I’m working towards this year. When I came across Gell Browning’s article this morning,… more...
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When (and how) to fire a customer

How would I feel if [insert employee’s name] went to work for a competitor tomorrow? That question, over the years, has helped me drill down… more...
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Who’s the Boss?

I’ll admit it. Growing up I was obsessed with the show Who’s the Boss? Nearly 30 years later, I can own up to my own… more...
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Is Starting a Company Risky: Part I

Advice from Justin Beck, Co-Founder and CEO PerBLue One of the things I hear again and again from my friends and peers is: “Justin, I… more...
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Four common (and sometimes fatal) mistakes CEOs make

The business consulting industry banks on CEOs worried about tripping up, and with so much that could go wrong at any moment in any company… more...
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Getting to a “Win/Win” Position in a “Lose/Lose” Confrontation

In our family, we purposefully mentor our wee children in the art becoming a “boss of oneself.” The first lesson is the hard one of… more...
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4 Secrets to Create “Regulars” Out of Regular Customers

Ty KiiselRepeat customers are the lifeblood of small business. I don’t think it matters if you own a local restaurant or a hardware store –… more...
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Five [Easy] Ways to Improve Job Performance Reviews

Time for the annual performance review? Quite possibly, this is the most hated interaction between manager and employee to be scheduled all year. Too often… more...
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