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What Bottlenecks Are Holding Your Business Back?

Entrepreneur.com published an infographic that caught my eye: The Most Common Bottlenecks Holding Your Business Back. Half of the top six were process issues; confusing processes, too many processes, and not enough processes. That says quite a bit about how important the right processes are to any business. They are crucial. Your business and your…

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The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz

Are you curling up on a cold winter’s night, and wishing for something inspirational, helpful, and exciting to read? Something that gets you excited about starting, owning, and growing your own business? I love sharing books that give you great advice, helpful tips, and get you excited again about your business. My favorites are Seth…

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Purple Cow by Seth Godin

This book will inspire and inform you…and hopefully encourage you to grow your business in new and exciting ways! One of my hands-down favorite author, Seth Godin, and his 2002 book Purple Cow. Before you dismiss this years-old stale book that can’t possibly teach you anything, give it a try. Seth Godin asks a simple,…

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Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, by Verne Harnish

I want to introduce you to another 2002 book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish. Despite the age of the book, it’s a business classic for a reason. One of the reasons I love it is that it hits on systems and processes…my specialty! This is a book filled with simple, practical, easily implementable…

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Become a Highly Successful Entrepreneur

You know it is important to keep looking for new ideas and better practices…we all do. The hard part is making time to do it. One of my favorite sources of inspiration and information is Entrepreneur. Last month I found an article there that really got me thinking. “Secrets to Lasting Success as an Entrepreneur”…

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I’ve Got a Professional Crush on Yoda

Do or do not, there is no try. – Yoda Yoda as business leadership inspiration? Yes. I love Yoda. All that courage, wisdom, will, and power tucked into that small, frail-looking character just grabs me. The scene where he is teaching his student to do more than he believes he can do, inspires me. Don’t…

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Screw Business As Usual

I want to introduce you to a 2011 book, Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson, the entrepreneur behind Virgin Atlantic Records, Virgin Airlines, etc. This book is a great read for inspiration on running a business with thoughtful stewardship. Not just of giving good customer service and taking care of your employees, but being…

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So what exactly is an Entrepreneur

I have been wondering for years now, what exactly is an entrepreneur. On one side, you have those that give you that label simply because you own your own business. On the other side you hear that word when names like Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Oprah, etc. are mentioned.…

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Winter is Here!

Winter is here! The leaves have gone, the weather has turned, and the December holidays are right around the corner. The business season has changed, too. For entrepreneurs, this time of year brings its own challenges. This is a great time to take a moment, get a cup of coffee, catch your breath and ask:…

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