Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton is an entrepreneur and NFL Hall of Famer, and the founder of Tarkenton Companies. Fran has always had a passion for small business, and has started more than 20 businesses since retiring from the NFL. His efforts to provide knowledge and tools to small business have been a full time undertaking since 1996, and he is the driving force behind GoSmallBiz.com, ExecTeam.com and BizCoursesOnDemand.com. These sites all grew from Fran's desire to help fellow entrepreneurs gain access to the tools and information they need to grow and compete in the modern economy. You can see more about what Fran is doing at http://www.tarkenton.com, follow him on Twitter @Fran_Tarkenton, or connect with him on Google +.
I failed. As a quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, I failed three times—first against the Miami Dolphins, then against the Pittsburgh Steelers and finally against the Oakland Raiders. Three Super Bowls played, but not a championship ring in sight.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The Secret to Productivity, In One Sentence

The great Bud Grant, my football coach with the Minnesota Vikings, never made motivational talks before the game. He always said to me, "Well, if I have to go and motivate you before the game, and you need me to make a pep talk, then you're in the wrong profession." And that made sense to me.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

How to Build a Culture of Trust

As a business owner, you have to see yourself as the quarterback. Engage with all employees — not just your "star players" — and work to build a trusting team. Your company's success is built on this foundation of mutual trust.
One thing I've noticed about all the great business leaders I've known is that none of them made excuses. They didn't say, "I did the best I could" or "I guess luck wasn't on my side today." They took responsibility for the problem, identified a solution, and focused on improvement.
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