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Friday 5 for May 3rd, 2019

The One Thing Your Business Idea Needs By Fran Tarkenton I’ve had plenty of brilliant ideas that were perfect in every way except for one tiny little detail: these brilliant ideas failed to actually attract a customer outside of immediate family, friends… Read article What Will Work Look Like in the Future? By ADP What…

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5 Manager-isms All Good Bosses Should Avoid

Business management is plagued with stereotypes. Managers are portrayed or seen as incompetent, aloof, or out of touch with the office. Just look at Lumbergh from Office Space, or the Pointy-Haired Boss in Dilbert. Now, for the most part, these are just caricatures of the worst traits in managers and bosses, but there is a…

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Consultant’s Corner: Preparing to Sell a Business

Q. I am looking at selling my business within the next 5 years. What should I take, and how do I value the business? Are there tax implications I should know about? While revenues and profits (historical and recent trend) and asset market values are the basic considerations for valuing a business, customer contracts, management…

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The One Thing Your Business Idea Needs

There’s really only one thing you need to start a business. It’s the one thing that’s more important than your genius, your work ethic, the honesty of your partners, your credit rating, your friends’ cash, your charm, your business plan, your logo, your office space, your website, your distribution strategy, your manufacturing deal, or your…

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What Will Work Look Like in the Future?

What will work look like as we move into the future? Today doesn’t look like 40 years ago, so there’s no reason to expect 40 years from now will look like today. There have been many trends impacting work in recent years, including a decrease in the number of hours worked, an increase in the…

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Don’t Just Pay It Forward—Amaze It Forward!

You’ve probably heard of the concept of “paying it forward.” The good news is, it applies to being amazing, too! The next time someone provides you an amazing customer experience, try “amazing it forward.” Let them know how much you appreciate them, and that you hope they’ll do the same for someone else who provides…

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Friday 5 for April 26th, 2019

Why Relationships Matter By Fran Tarkenton The most important thing in my life has been the value of relationships. But what does building great relationships really mean? It starts by treating people with respect. Not just the people who… Read article Try Creative Problem Solving By Shep Hyken So you found a solution to your…

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What Business Records Should You Keep?

Knowing what business records to keep is critically important to a small business entrepreneur. These records serve many functions. They help you quantify and monitor the progress of your business, and make decisions accordingly. They give you the information you need to prepare a financial statement. They allow you to identify your various receipts and…

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Why Relationships Matter

The most important thing in my life has been the value of relationships. The most important thing in my business life? All about relationships. In my athletic life? All about relationships. In my family life? All about relationships. If you don’t have great relationships on your football team, in your family, school, or business, then…

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Try Creative Problem Solving

So you found a solution to your customer’s problem. But did you come up with the best solution? It’s easy to get hung up on the first idea we come up with. But the best customer experience requires creative problem solving. Consider all potential solutions, and you’ll have confidence that you gave yourself and the…

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