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Tebow Time for Small Business: Coming Through in the Crunch

Tim Tebow, Broncos, DenverThe craze sweeping the nation this winter comes from the National Football League.  Of course I’m referring to Tebowing, originated by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and you either love him or hate him.  Removing religious beliefs from the equation, Tim Tebow along with the Broncos have strung together a series of remarkable comebacks before recently bowing to the superior Brady Bunch and the New England Patriots.  Denver was left for dead on multiple occasions through three quarters plus in games, only to rise like Lazarus to overcome the football Reaper and stand in victory.

Is there a leadership lesson in this over-hyped story for small business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate execs? Read More…

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Grease the Signs: 3 Ways to Prevent Your Company From Being Ripped Off

Small Business can take a lesson from grass roots political operatives in 2012 and take steps to limit the risk that competitors will be eating their lunch by mid-year by literally stealing their lunch.  So how do you stop competitors from copying your good practices and ideas or co-opting them for their own, engaging in corporate theft?  You need to grease the signs. Read More…

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Situational Behaviors, Eternal Values: 5 Questions for Business Owners

In business and in life, it’s an unfortunate fact that behaviors tend to change with circumstance.  This shows itself most frequently as need or lack of something changes decisions, behaviors, and all too often, values.  So the real question is, do you compromise your business values based upon dire circumstances? Read More…

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The Limited Life Cycle Business

limited life cycle business, business life cycle, life cycle productWe’ve all heard the terms life cycle product and business life cycle before, used to describe the natural, measurable and recognizable stages that a business goes through.  As business owners we all want our products and services to last, to ride that pony until her knees buckle.  Many times, we don’t know how long that is, so we hope for the best.   An increasing number of entrepreneurs today are designing entire business units around trends in the marketplace that have a limited life-span—and they know it in advance!  Keep reading to learn to see if you have the talents, resources and stomach to build your own limited life cycle business again and again and again. Read More…

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Poll Results: White Collar Business Leaders Get Advice by Self-Education

Curious as to how your peers get their business advice and keep their personal saws sharpened?  I ran an unscientific poll on LinkedIn asking that question.  The results definitely painted the picture of the self-educated professional, getting business advice from articles, blogs, webinars and other self-initiated means. Read More…

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Current Nightmares of Small Business Owners and Entrepeneurs: Poll Results

small business poll, entrepreneur poll, top problems of small business, small business nightmaresI took a poll of viewers of this blog, LinkedIn and Twitter users, and others during the month of August to find out what was the number one thing keeping them up at night as small business owners and entrepreneurs.  What were their top challenges?  The results may surprise you. Read More…

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Business Continuity Starts with Survival: Lessons from Irene

business continuity, hurrivance Irene, mid-atlantic hurricane, mean ireneWhenever there is a natural disaster, you consequentially hear about disaster planning and business continuity, with stories and tips literally coming out of the woodwork.  Usually it centers around the all-important data backup, file management, saving equipment, and of course, the safety of employees.  When the TV and Internet are blanketed with images like this one, the frenetic story tends to blur the lines between fact and fiction, important and insignificant, and often courage and stupidity.  Here’s a little wake up call I got within the last 48 hours that in 46 years of life, I never had to experience. Read More…

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Leading From a Distance: Best Practices of Leaders in the Cloud

This is the second in a series of pieces I am doing on virtual collaboration and trends for CEOs, small business owners and entrepreneurs.  It looks at best practices for virtual video-conferencing technology and the techniques for keeping people engaged using tools from the cloud.  Today’s Vlog interview is with Phil Montero, president of Montero Consulting and founder of YouCanWorkFromAnywhere.com and http://www.TheAnywhereOffice.com.  Phil is a business partner and friend and happens to be one of the world’s best gurus when working with small and mid-sized business leaders to set up the technology, training and tools for working leading from afar.

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How to Become a Business Consultant on Purpose–or Not

You may have heard recently that Apple Computer has more on-hand cash than the US Government.  Now that either says something great about Apple or something pathetic about the political machine in D.C. or both.

As much as Apple has been booming in recent years since launching the iPhone, there is one industry that is blooming faster (and ripening faster too).  So what do you think that would be?

If you said private business consulting, you win the gumball Mickey!

Not only are there more small businesses than at any time in American history forming, but an ever increasing number of those businesses are that of private consultants.  Why?  Is it the Obama economic plan?  Has government created these “new” jobs as is so often the claim?  I think I speak for most of you when I say the answer is, “Of course not.”  The new consulting businesses popping up across the map are a direct result of corporate downsizing and the difficulty in re-landing professional employment.  As major corporations are scaling back on technocrats such as engineers, human resource professionals, and MBAs, small consulting firms are born from the dying corporate carcasses like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. There are three reasons why these professionals, suddenly jobless, become consultants: Read More…

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Virtual-Mastermind.com Accelerates Small Business Success

virtual-mastermind.com, mastermind groups, business mastermind groupsI’m incredibly excited to tell you about a project that has been in development for 6 months now called Virtual-Mastermind.comVirtual Mastermind is a service that I’ve created in conjunction with key technology partners that focuses the power of Mastermind groups on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Masterminding process has been used by business and world leaders for the past 100 years or more, with Napoleon Hill given the most credit for coining the term in his classic book, Think and Grow Rich.  These leaders knew that leveraging the collective intelligence of like-minded business peers in a structured way would put their knowledge and efforts on steroids to achieve things not dreamed of before.

Imagine that every time you had a significant business problem that would alter the course of your business, for better or worse, you had at your beckon call a team, a Virtual Advisory Board of leaders who’d been there and done that who could guide you to success.  Large corporations have been employing this process for years.

But what about small business owners?  Aren’t we usually left to our own devices?  We’re up to our asses in alligators and have a hard time coming up for air, much less finding, qualifying, selecting and meeting with this fictional board of advisors that probably won’t want to help us anyway. Read More…

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