Secret Weapon for the Savvy CEO

Keep your business agile, relevant, adaptable, and profitable. How? There's a way available to you and it's courtesy of our friends in finance. You might be thinking, "What on Earth could the accounting folks offer that could deliver all that?" It's called...

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5 Ways to Be Debt Smart

Unless you have been on a walk-about in New Guinea, hibernating in a cave, or are visiting us from another planet, you know that debt fuels just about everything in our world - from helicopters to housing, countries to cosmetics, derivatives to designer...

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3 Strikes and You’re Out

Leaders get the behaviors they exhibit and tolerate. -Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done The three strike rule should apply to more than just baseball; it should also be part of your employee policy. One of the...

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Hey, What About Me?

"No matter what I do or where I am, I feel like I should be somewhere else. My world right now is totally reactive, and it sucks." That's how our conversation started. We were talking to a business owner whose business was in high season. It was a complex...

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The 7 C’s of Leadership

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."                                                            -Jack Welch The dictionary definition of “lead” is “to be in charge...

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Great is 3 Times Better than Good

The Container Store, which has been rated one of the top 100 places to work for over ten years in a row, believes that one great employee equals three good employees (GreatPlaceToWork.com).  Let that sink in…. a great employee is three times as valuable as...

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9 Crucial Tasks for the CEO

"But what will I do?" a CEO asked us. He had a great COO who handled his company's day-to-day operations and had just interviewed a perfect candidate to take over the financial side of his business. The only problem - hiring a CFO would leave him with...

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Are You and Entrepreneur or a Leader?

By: Rich Russakoff and Mary Goodman Entrepreneurs and leaders each have their place in the business world. It's the entrepreneur that forges the path and the leader that turns it into a highway. Even more rare is the entrepreneurial leader who changes our...

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Who Are Your Top 5?

Essential employees for building any company By: Rich Russakoff "Hire people who are better than you, then leave them to get on with it."   --David Ogilvy I know, I know - you want to do it all. Entrepreneurs are slow to give up the reins to others. We...

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The #1 Skill for Success

If there was just one thing you could do better that was guaranteed to make you more successful, would you do it? Well, then, listen up! We mean it. Really - listen up and listen better. The better we listen, the more others appreciate us and, in return,...

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5 Tips for Companies in the Fast Lane

by Rich Russakoff and Mary Goodman "What is the single difference between a good and a great driver?" Phil Wicks asked. Wicks has been racing small cars for 50 plus years and owns Phil Wicks Driving Academy. It's not ability, experience, talent, or timing...

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