Leadership

What is Our Best?

What is our best? What do we really mean when we talk about doing our best? It’s become a stock answer we hear whenever someone asks another person to do something: “I’ll try my best!” Afterwards, we’ll hear the inevitable follow-up: “I tried my best.” I’ve come to realize that those statements bother me. At…

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How to Get Better Leadership Feedback

Leadership matters. So how can you become a better leader? Those skills can be developed, but only if you take the right approach, both for your own development as a leader and for developing the leadership skills of key members of your team. You can use leadership feedback—but you have to be careful how you…

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It’s Not About Me

Your business isn’t about you. It’s not about what you think people want, it’s not what strategies you think will work, it’s not what you think your product or service’s value is. The reality is that any business has to be about meeting the needs of other people, providing a product or service that other…

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How Small Failures Help You Avoid a Big One

American optimism has launched many businesses. But it’s all too easy for enthusiastic entrepreneurs to think that they can push through problems by sheer optimism. As I have found out in my years in business, though, if you don’t deal with reality, reality will surely deal with you. There’s actually recent scientific research to back…

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Fully Commit to Your Game Plan

When I decide to do something, I fully commit to doing it. If I think that something is worth doing, then it is worth doing right, giving it my full attention and best effort. It might succeed, it might not—but I want to give it the best I have. As a quarterback, the time to…

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How to Create a Legacy for Your Business

What do brands like Coca-Cola, Apple, and Tiffany & Co. have in common? They are all iconic legacy brands that are beloved and recognizable on a global scale. For small businesses dreaming of getting on the same level, what can they start doing now to ensure they leave behind a lasting mark? Here are a…

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Long Term Focus for Small Business

As a small business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of an average day. Especially when work piles up in and around the office, entrepreneurs don’t always take the time to consider the long term impact of what they’re doing. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will…

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What We’re Reading

Wondering what else you should be reading to keep up with the latest in small business news, trends, and insights? We’ve got you covered! Here’s some of what we’re reading this week: Studies back up the old wisdom that a great team is more than the sum of its parts. So what can you do…

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To Win, You Have to Know How to Lose

A paradox: I think one of the best signs that someone has a good chance to be successful is when they know how to deal with failing. I learned more from losing than I ever did from winning, and my greatest successes have all come about because of the things I learned from things that…

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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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