Consultant’s Corner: Serving on a Corporate Board

Q: How does a person go about getting considered to serve on a corporate board, or as an advisor to other corporate boards? The approach, qualifications, and other considerations for getting a board of directors, or advisory committee, seat vary somewhat based on the type of corporation—nonprofit, privately-owned, or publicly owned. Having contacts and relationships […]

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Start Talking About Failure

The taboo against uttering the F-word—failure—grows stronger the closer you get to the top. In the mailroom, or in mid-management, you can bet they talk about problems in the business all the time. But as you rise to the C-suites, you find executives who think they have to hide behind the pretense that they are […]

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How to Be a Great Leader in Just Two Steps

Leadership is a controversial subject. Countless books and articles have been dedicated to pinpointing the exact qualities of a great leader—qualities, they say, that will apparently turn you into the next Winston Churchill or Oprah Winfrey. I’ve always thought that idea was a bit ridiculous. Not every leader is a dynamic, booming personality, and effective […]

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There Are No Silver Bullets

I have a pet phrase that I use often, “There are no silver bullets.” In other words, there are no shortcuts to success. To this day, I’m still amazed at how often my phone rings, or an email comes in that says, “Come join me, I have the greatest product in the world! If you’ll […]

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Stay Focused on the Moment

When I stepped onto the football field, I was not consciously thinking beyond the moment. Above all, I was not thinking about winning or losing. In the rest of my football career that followed, in college and in the NFL, I never thought about winning or losing. Not against Texas on September 20, 1958, in […]

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The Importance of Keeping it Simple (and how to do it)

As your small business grows, it’s not always easy to keep your processes simplified. The more mature an organization becomes, the more things accumulate and get in the way of performance. Complexity can be a major hindrance to the overall productivity of an organization as well as to the morale of employees. Here are 6 […]

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Don’t Fall in Love with Your Ideas

It is natural for us to get excited about our own ideas and projects. But as a small business owner, it’s important to keep objective about what you are doing, so that you will be willing to make a tough decision if you find that something is not working. When you come up with an […]

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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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