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The African Continent Sees the Light

Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Korea, India, China, and Vietnam have all taken their turns as the low-cost labor, greatest new market for the growth of companies. What’s the next big place for growth? I’d say it’s . . .

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Gamification for Your SMB

Do you spend as much time preparing your business for the next year as you do strategizing how to win a game? Watch someone play Bridge or Poker and you’ll see how well they’ve prepared. We even watch Poker players on TV now. Some find that exciting. Make your business more fun with gamification.

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Pull Together

A business review should cover all 7 forces to help everyone get rowing in the same direction, at the same cadence, with the same skill level. Then, your business will be “driving” faster profitable growth.

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What’s Your Plan?

It’s a great time of year for sports fans. Almost every sport is being played right now. We love seeing how the plans of the sports coaches play out, hopefully ending in a win for our favorite team. How about your business? It’s 4th and less than 60 days to go. What’s your business plan?

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Born Ready Anthem

I was probably born ready to be a technical type of person and very different from my wife. Certainly I made choices along the way, but they seem to have been in the direction of technical items. Mack Trucks was born ready to move things. Their new Anthem model is worth hearing about in their new song. What are you born ready to do? What’s your anthem?

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Leadership Training for the Front Lines—Where Is It?

Frontline leadership is needed for millions of people in large businesses and small. Where does it come from? I don’t see many small company leaders or frontline employees getting training. Where Is It?

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Is Your Foundation Secure?

No matter whether I am talking with the former chairman of Merck & Company, a family run company of tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, or the 2-4 founders of a new tech startup, the importance of setting and maintaining the right culture comes up. It, literally, is the foundation of every company. Culture has seven parts to it that pervade and infuse a company. It is not just a few words that . . .

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Really? Reality?

The pessimists I know all proclaim, “I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist!” Really? If perception is reality, then they must be right. . . . The Oregon Story Board is a non-profit at the forefront of training students to be able to use the HoloLens for educational purposes.

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It’s Virtuous/Vicious Out There!

Climb the ladder to success. Go faster by taking the escalator. Create your elevator pitch. Cross the chasm. Virtuous cycles spiral upwards while vicious cycles spiral downwards. What goes up must come down! Cliches, metaphors, and more that play out every day in business. How do you do the right things for your business?

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Help! I Can’t Break Free!

Going around in circles and getting dizzy is great fun at the fairgrounds. Children, in particular love the feeling of being pressed into their seat with the safety of a cable holding them in place. Adults in business don’t feel the same when they are forced to run around in circles with

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