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The client who fired me

The client who fired me

Sometimes the cost of not planning is negligible. Sometimes it’s expensive. The ease and speed with which a lack of planning can become fatal is almost impossible to grasp or prepare for. When it happens, game over.
Wordcount: 668 Time to read: 3½ minutes

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How to avoid business suicide–part 4a

How to avoid business suicide–part 4a

There are big business tactics small businesses will never be able to use. That’s not true for one of the most powerful. Small businesses tend to let themselves be overwhelmed by the urgent, failing to anticipate, plan, and prepare for the inevitable changes they will face if they survive and succeed.

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Are you waiting for trouble?

Are you waiting for trouble?

A business satisfied with its success that stops trying to improve screams “We’re patiently waiting to be overtaken.” and signals the competition to attack. Why would any business do that? Sadly, that’s what most do. When times are good, a business has the time, money, and resources to work on areas of weakness and look for ways to maintain its dominance. That’s when proactive changes should be made, not when times are tough and you have no choice. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Wordcount: 428, Time to read: 3 minutes

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Confidentiality [CONFIDENTIAL!]

Confidentiality [CONFIDENTIAL!]

Wordcount: 723                      Time to read: 4 minutes         According to Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu, “Confidentiality is a delicate bargain of trust.” The world is a cauldron of information, hot and bubbling with juicy details from all corners of the planet. More...

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The optimist, the pessimist, and the engineer

The optimist, the pessimist, and the engineer

Wordcount: 543       Time to read: ~3 minutes
If an optimist sees a glass half full…
In business, most choices are clouded in grey while decisions are often reinforced by perspective. Don’t let your perspective obscure others and become your jail. Always be open to different ways of thinking.

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Businesses don’t fail, leaders do

Businesses don’t fail, leaders do

Wordcount: 814 Time to read: 4 minutes On New Year’s Day, 2021, CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon began a segment with “The pandemic touched every part of the economy in 2020.” What I heard on my head was every part of the economy suffered in 2020 because of the...

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In Defense of Disruption

In Defense of Disruption

Wordcount: 810 Time to read: 4 minutes Over the years, I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to watch too many large and small organizations at the top of their game suffer. When they side-stepped disruption, they were outflanked by competition free from tradition or...

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What next? What now?

What next? What now?

Three good bets with a little bit of wonkiness thrown in. Wordcount: 622 Time to read: 3 minutes This July 2020 issue of my newsletter has proven to be unusually difficult to write. Perhaps it’s the moment in time, perhaps the ubiquity of change, perhaps one of other...

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The Big P

The Big P

Purpose, not Pandemic Wordcount: 685 Time to read: 3½ minutesPlaceholder “Can a business have a mind, a sub-conscious, a knack for predicting the future, reflexes faster than the speed of thought? Can a business have a spirit? Can a business have a soul? Can a...

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The Great Pause

Wordcount: 525 Time to read: 3 minutes “Our experiences always teach us something. If the experience is "bad", then the lesson is even more powerful and meaningful. Every unfortunate incident makes us stronger and better equipped to handle new challenges.” Miya...

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Change is a state of mind

Change is a state of mind

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone. Billy Cox Wordcount: 522 Time to read: 4 minutes As I’ve grown older and more experienced, two things stand out for me. First, the older I get, the dumber I feel....

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Can you lead without a vision?

Can you lead without a vision?

As Yogi Bera once said, “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” Wordcount: 427 Time to read: 3 minutes I find the volume of information delivered through social media and the pace of delivery exhausting. Meteoric growth has amped human...

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You get to pick two

You get to pick two

I want what I want when I want it Wordcount: 538 Time to read: 3½ minutes Last month, I wrote this BDF issue would be about balancing responsibility and authority. Sorry, I changed my mind. (sometimes that seems like it could be a wonderful experience, yes?) This...

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Implementing Business Values

Implementing Business Values

(Part 3 of 3) Reaping the benefits described in last month’s newsletter depends on your business’ values being respected, embraced, followed, and modeled by leadership and staff. Before values can impact culture, they must first be used consciously, consistently, and...

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