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What EVERY Business Owner Needs To Practice This Summer

Ahh, to be young. I remember the summer I was 10 years old. It was the summer of all summers. My family was living in the San Francisco bay area, in a house that was just a short distance from what (in Chicago) is known as a forest preserve. That 165 acre park was my daily destination that summer. My friends and I would ride our bikes up there and spend hours playing in the creek; catching crayfish, building dams, looking at spider webs, and exploring old barns, or deer trails, or ... anything! Summer was not programmed; it was a wide open expanse of discovery, time with friends and being … Continue Reading »

Top 5 Predictions for Small Business in 2015

Top 5 Predictions for Small Business in 2015 (and how to prepare)

Based on the broad economic indicators 2015 is shaping up to be a terrific year for the US economy. The question is, for most business owners, "What will that mean for mybusiness?" A robust economy generally means that our customers have more money to spend, so our sales pipelines might start to really move again. But all that demand can also drive up our costs; and that can mean that we end up working harder to make the same money. While I don't have a crystal ball, I do have an opportunity to see inside a number of real businesses. Working from that angle, I've drawn some conclusions … Continue Reading »

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The one word that will help you achieve your goals

Did you start this year off with big goals? Did you set aggressive growth targets for your sales? Are you thinking about writing a book, working on some speaking topics, or taking a big trip with your family? Well? It's February. How are you doing on those goals? Have you made significant progress? Enough so you are "on track" to complete or exceed them? If not I've got one word for you: NO. That's right, the word is "No"--and you'd better start using it. Why, Brad? What makes you say that? Well, I could answer that, but I think this quote says it better: "The difference … Continue Reading »