Failure is Not Final

To learn from failure, you must own your failures. When you make a decision, you need to acknowledge that things can go wrong and take responsibility when they do. Owning failure means you examine it, rethink it, and figure out how to improve. Our parents tell us things like “Learn from your mistakes.” Most of […]

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Are You Going the Wrong Way?

If you’re going to win, you have to be able to identify when it’s time to change directions. No matter how hard you’re working and how fast you’re going, if you’re going the wrong way then you’ll never reach your destination. Jim Marshall was a teammate of mine on the Minnesota Vikings and a fantastic […]

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3 Things Every Company Culture Needs More Of

Last week, I found myself reading Fran’s post about how a winning culture begins at the home. The theme kept following me all throughout the week, particularly in a Twitter chat I took part of Friday morning on celebrating entrepreneurship. One of the questions that came up asked why celebrating entrepreneurship is important. Other participants […]

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Embrace Failure!

If you’re a business leader, you have a responsibility to embrace failure. Most people—especially leaders, executives, managers, CEOs, administrators, chairpersons—avoid failure, both word and subject, as they would day-old sushi or French opera. Failure, it seems, is not a fit topic for polite conversation. For that matter, neither is doubt, fear, uncertainty, or lack of […]

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GSB TV: How to Treat Your Employees Better

Your employees are absolutely essential to the operation of your business. They solve problems, interface with customers, make sales, handle daily responsibilities—all sorts of things that keep your business running and make it more successful. Studies have found that happier workers are more effective, so as a business owner one of your jobs is to […]

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A Winning Culture Starts at Home

For me, my parents’ example was a lifelong lesson in the most fundamental fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Dad pursued his two passion—religion and education—while always finding ways to keep us fed, clothed, and housed. He never put our welfare on the line. He might have been a preacher, but he never preached to us. He walked […]

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Do You Know What You’re Failing At?

Before you can own your failure, you first have to know what you’re failing at. True knowledge is a start, not an end. It is a question, not an answer. When Walmart’s Sam Walton or Home Depot’s Bernie Marcus sought meaningful and productive knowledge, they did not attend a seminar, assemble a committee, convene a […]

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Geoff Wilson: Fast Failure in Business

Celebrating failure is becoming more and more accepted among entrepreneurs, but Geoff Wilson of 352 Inc. cautions entrepreneurs that the key is not to fail, but to fail fast. Don’t let failure just be a buzzword based on hype. “The key is to not overextend yourself so that if you fail, you don’t have room […]

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