Small Business Ownership


Do you only associate innovation with those well-known products that changed the course of human history? We all can list “The Big Product Innovations”: the light bulb, telephone, airplane, Post-It-Notes, the Apple personal computer, and the iPhone. OK, maybe Post-It-Notes doesn’t really make the list of “Big Ones”, but I bet you still have some! In 380 BC, Plato wrote the following in his ancient book...

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A generation of current workers are learning that their acquired skills only qualify them for lower-paying, entry-level work in an economy where there are fewer higher-paying jobs. A story in The Washington Post states that about half of college graduates are working in jobs that do not require a college degree. For half of today’s graduates, in order to move forward in their career, they’re finding that they must learn...

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Anna had been working for us for several weeks now, and it just wasn’t working out. The signs of team frustration were appearing again, and I felt that I was beginning to make excuses for our new team member. To be effective, management needs the trust of the team. When the team begins to feel that their leader is protecting and making excuses for a team member, that leader begins to lose the trust of the team members. It was very...

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Most experienced leaders will have a business plan ready to begin 2016, but does your plan inspire the passion of those who will be asked to see it through in the months to come? I’ll never forget the comments made by the department dean, to my daughter’s physical therapy assistant graduating class, “There are few occupations in this world where your touch is a part of someone’s healing, and you have the privilege of being in one.” I...

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We’re made to embrace rhythms. We thrive on routines. We look forward to annual celebrations with family and friends. We love our Christmas music with its themes of nostalgia, hope, and love. Our American marketplace reflects our cultural rhythms, and we’re witnessing that once again during our Christmas and New Years holidays. Other than retail, restaurants and entertainment, most non-essential business slows down to barely a...

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Leaders take the long view. In the longer view, success is eventually achieved by doing the things each day that increase the team’s potential and probability of meeting their goals. Along this competitive road to eventual success, sometimes a rival team will score a win. As a leader, what is your response when someone else wins? Here are three responses that the leader of a Surging Team, a team that in the end always wins,...

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