Strategist? No, Please—Not Me

I don't want to be a strategist. Yeah, like you, I like to be a thinker. I like analysis. And strategy sounds cool. But the term strategist is too much pomp, arrogance, a relative of using utilize instead of use, or at that point of time instead of then.

The Power of a Good Checklist

Over the years, I have devised countless numbers of checklists to keep my staff running efficiently. What I have found is that effective checklists specify every task that must be accomplished without skipping any significant details.

What Rebranding an Organization Really Means

Rebranding has to be more than business as usual with different letterhead. Culture and brand have to align, and they have to start at the top. Rebranding is an opportunity to reinvent your company from the inside out.

Do You Have a Plan for Your Small Business Future?

New findings released from a study conducted by Securian Financial Group show that many small business owners plan on leaving their companies within the next decade, but most do not have any type of exit plan or proper future outline for their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Danger! Distraction Ahead!

We tend to move towards what we pay attention to. You don't want to let your competitors determine your marketing strategy, and that's exactly what's going to happen if you spend too much time and energy keeping an eye on their activities.

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives—getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.

4 Tips to Successfully Grow Your Business

For those of you who have survived start-up and built successful businesses, you may be wondering how to take the next step and grow your business beyond its current status.

Doing the Right Thing

Businesses really need to make sure everything they are involved in is in line with their missions. Every once in a while I see a company making a strategic decision, not because of the money, but because it is the right thing to do.

Sometimes You Have to Scramble

Making sure you have a plan is important. But what's even more important is being ready to adjust and change your plan when you encounter reality. The same scrambling ability that helped me in my football career has proven its worth again and again in my businesses, too.

Ready, Aim, Fire. Really?

You've surely heard the variations on this theme. "Ready, fire, aim" was popular in the 1990's, accredited to any of several authors. So why do so many business-book authors stress the opposite behavior?

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