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For Leaders: Why Failure is Still a Dirty Word

leadership Most of my writing is generated from two areas: my own interactions with the world/staff/family or from discussions with clients, either current or potential. I still encounter a struggle from business leaders or even people in my day-to-day life to say they failed at something.

There is still such a stigma when it comes to failure. I know from my seat as a leader, it took me a long time to be able to just say, “that I failed” or “I dropped the ball”. There was always a knee jerk reaction to scramble for a reason why something did not happen or trying to please the person that we are working on it and will drop everything to make it right.

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“Did My Potential Employer See That?”

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My company has been interviewing candidates to join our team due to our growth. That is great news for us and I am looking forward to meeting some of the final candidates. I have written some articles in the past about the interview process of … [Continue reading]

“Are You Selling Me Away from You?”

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I had a very interesting conversation with a prospective customer today. I was taken aback by a few things he said, one of which was “It sounds like you are trying to convince me not to take your services. You are selling me away from you.” I … [Continue reading]

4 Ways to Improve Poor Execution for Better Results

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3 am wide-awake and your mind won’t shut off. No sleep coming for the next few hours from worry about why a project is not going well. Why are you not executing on what your well-laid plans told you would happen. Who is to blame? You? Your Team? … [Continue reading]

Welcome to the On Demand Society

on demand society

I was listening to Brian Solis's new podcast, Context Matters, and he mentioned the term “On Demand Society” when discussing Uber and its effect on not just business, but the economy in general. His point was that this ever-growing desire from … [Continue reading]

3 Checkup Tips to Improve Customer Experience

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As you are reading this article, we are already a month into the New Year. You may find yourself still with a warm glow from celebrating a great 2014 or a little more motivated to recover from some disappointment. Now is the time to let the past go, … [Continue reading]

Targeting the Root Issue of Employee Performance

employee performance

Every month there are managers reviewing their employee’s performance. At this time, statistics are viewed, metrics are measured and either the manager is happy or disappointed. What follows next is usually the “pep” talk. This is where the manager … [Continue reading]

Q & A: How to Unify Your Marketing Message

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As I finished up my presentation at the UAAMG conference on Unified Marketing, a few of the dealers in the audience asked to sit down with them to discuss this one on one. Defining your “Why Buy From Me” marketing message as unique. We broke off to … [Continue reading]

Is a Trusted Advisor Missing From Your Leadership Table?

Trusted Advisor

I was asked to speak recently to a group of automotive dealership management professionals and I asked the folks who set up the event, what they wanted the focus of the presentation to be.  They said to speak about what I thought was important for … [Continue reading]

Is Customer Service Today Any Different than 1915?

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Are customers more demanding then they have ever been? Possibly. Are they more knowledgeable? Possibly. Are businesses focusing on the right thing? Possibly not. I am not sure that at the end of the day if your customers are looking for … [Continue reading]