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Creating a Winning Organizational Culture

When mergers and acquisitions look at possibly taking over an organization, they look at the organizational culture because they know that the cultures of the two organizations must mesh. They must be able to blend together if there’s going to be a successful merger and acquisition. Also, within an individual organization, successful leaders understand that a powerful, positive, successful organizational culture will only propel that organization faster and further and at least towards sustainability. It’s

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Attracting High Performance Employees

There is a trend in the marketplace of web start up companies that are being purchased by larger companies just for the key personnel. They’re buying the companies and then jettisoning the products, giving up on the products. They want to hire the founder of that organization. They want the engineers. It’s been shown that finding the right engineer can be worth 500 thousand to a million dollars to some organizations. So what do you

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Hire Traits – Teach Skills

There is a well known and proven philosophy in hiring people, that you hire traits but you train and teach skill-sets. The skills that are necessary to perform the task, whether it be in sales or customer service, behind the line or in front of the customer, those sorts of skills can be taught. You’ve developed them in your organization, you know what they are, you can teach them. But traits are something that are

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Plan Your Success

I was recently planning a trip to Asia to work with several new clients. And with one of the clients, I needed to come up with the right plan because I wanted to make sure that the relationship started off right and that it was highly successful. I believe that success happens because we plan for it to happen and when we take the time to create a great plan, great things can happen. So

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Networking to Achieve

A friend of mine recently reached out to me via Skype. She wanted to connect me with a client of hers. He had a successful business and recently wrote a book and wanted to be speaking more professionally. She knew I was the past president of National Speaker’s Association and thought I might be a good resource for him so she made the connection. We had a phone call and he was a really nice

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Understanding Your Personal Value Statement

I recently had an MRI done on my knee. The doctor wanted to see what was going on in there. I was having some pain and once he could see what was going on in there, he knew what to prescribe to solve the problem. I sort of wondered, do we ever take an MRI on our value system, do we know what’s going on in there? I talked to people all over the world

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Wisdom Through the Ages

Recently, the world’s oldest man, Walter Breuning passed away. He was 114 years old. Prior to his passing, he shared some of his wisdom and insights on how to not only live a long life but to live a quality life. There were three things in particular that caught my attention. Number one, he said, embrace change even if change slaps you on the face, to embrace it, that it’s good. I believe that well,

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Better Expectations

Communicating with people in business is critical. Proper communication leads to excellent results. Improper communication or lack of communication means that we’re probably not going to get the results that we need. One important way to communicate is by establishing the right expectations. We are in fact accountable to establish those expectations. Expectations help drive results. Your team members will work towards those expectations that you together created. Those expectations will motivate them, it will

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Leaders Turn Underdogs Into Winners

Here in the United States, it’s March madness. That’s right. It’s the college basketball tournament where the 65 best teams in the country come together to duke it out and figure out who’s going to be number one. Who’s going to wear the crown? Who’s going to be the top basketball team in the country? Well, guess what. After the first round, there are already an amazingly high number of upsets. It makes me stop

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Reinvent Your Business

Anyone that rents DVDs has heard of Netflix. Netflix has reinvented the video rental business. Instead of having to go to a store and rent the video and take it home and watch it and then bring it back before it’s too late and you have to pay fees, now, Netflix will just simply mail you your DVD. You watch it; you return it when you want. When you return it, you’ll receive the next

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