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Innovative leadership sustains business


Leaders must make a concerted effort to be innovative. Leadership and innovation are inextricably tied together.  Being creative and innovative are not abilities equally shared by everyone.  Some people are natural creators.  About a fourth of people in the workplace … Continue reading

Starting a new business? 4 Tips to get you going


I’ve spoken to a few people in just as many weeks that want to start a new business and they don’t know where to start. If you are starting a business here are 4 tips to get it going. 1. … Continue reading

When your customer is a bully: 4 steps to change the relationship


I was recently appointed to a legislative task force on workplace bullying.  Bullying is a phenomenon that pervades our society.  It is in our schools and our workplaces.  If you are a small business owner and you’ve been in business … Continue reading

8 Tips for Endurance and Persistence: Staying in it for the long haul


In September of this year Diana Nyad swam unassisted from Cuba to Florida and achieved a feat unmatched by anyone else.  Not only did she achieve a record swim – she accomplished this at the age of 64.  And this … Continue reading

Leaders need integrity: 19 dos and don’ts


A leader without integrity is like a horse without reins.  You can’t go anywhere as a leader without it. Some leaders don’t quite understand why they are not able to move their so-called followers to a common goal.  These same … Continue reading

I’ve been asked to lead…now what do I do? Follow these 10 Steps


Congratulations! You’ve been asked to lead or chair an event, committee or project in your community.  You eagerly accept.  Now where do you begin? You have interest in the project and you like the idea behind the cause but now … Continue reading

Blocked on Blogging: 25 Reasons


I must confess that I have been blocked on blogging the last couple of months.  Was it the summer, social issues, my work, or just plain old procrastination that got in the way? Well I finally was able to muster … Continue reading