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Learning to lead a fast-growing business is one of the most challenging transitions for any founder. The CEO–to–be needs an approach to leadership that is practical and flexible, yet grounded in proven practices of leadership that help him or her improve performance at every level.

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Embracing Risk: What is Your Risk Appetite?

Leading a business involves risk. For some of us, just getting out of bed each day seems like a risk. For others, they can’t get enough of it. Being a risk taker is on the high end of the scale for entrepreneurs and visionaries. Our business culture is full of

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How to Overcome Tough Circumstances

Everyone has a story. Life is hard (sometimes). We all experience something in life that makes it hard. In addition, if you look around, you will find stories everywhere of how people overcame a gutwrenching circumstance to emerge victorious, coming out the other side. Health concerns, emotional and physical abuse,

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Leaders: Are You a 2023 Contender or a Pretender?

If your desire is to be a better manager at work, at home, or in the community, you may want to develop some actual leadership skills. However, if you are already following certain leadership principles, there is always room for lifting the lid to expand your reach and influence. After

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Running a Business – Cover Your Bases

For those who have ventured into owning a business, good luck! I mean that seriously, not facetiously. It takes a special person to commit to becoming a successful entrepreneur. There are just so many darn details that can overwhelm you. And, once you get past the start-up phase, you turn

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When You Lose, Are You Bitter or Better?

Here’s the scenario: life throws you a curve ball. Things don’t go your way. You suffer an embarrassing moment in front of colleagues, your spouse or your kids. You lose the deal, the game, the promotion, or the moment. The other guy wins. You failed. What are your responses? Yes,

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Knowing When It’s Time to Sell Your Business

Is it time to put your company up for sale? Whether you’re just assessing the health of the market and your operation or you’re actively looking to make a sale and retire or move on to other ventures, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. Doug Thorpe

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Be SMART About Your Goal Setting

Whether you’re interested in goal setting tips for you, your business, or to gain a deeper understanding of goal setting to help your clients, this SMART goal setting & Action Planning GUIDE can help.

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Leaders: There’s a New Way to Understand Change

Author’s NOTE: I wrote the first version of this article in 2018 – a full 2 years BEFORE the whole world locked down and faced the COVID-19 pandemic. Business has not been the same since. At a recent luncheon, I was involved in a discussion that I find becoming more

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Put the Spinach in the Brownie

Raising kids is one of life’s big moments (lots of them). Anyone who has been a parent knows that we want our kids to eat healthy food. But the best foods for proper nourishment and vitamins are not always the most appealing. Or fun to eat. Take broccoli and spinach

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Why Do You Do It?

One of the most common questions I get from people is, “Why do you do what you do?” They’re genuinely curious why I’ve dedicated my life to executive coaching and podcasting. And it’s a valid question. Especially nowadays when there are thousands of coaches and new podcasts springing up every

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Leadership LIVE! 2023

Yesterday marked the start of a new program I am offering. I call it Leadership LIVE! It is a one-hour workshop, totally free to attend. During the workshop, I and a special guest will be talking about hot topics in business and management. If you join in, we’ll take questions

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What is Servant Leadership and Why Should I care?

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a bad boss, you know that it can be a real drag. They micromanage, they yell at you, and they don’t listen to your ideas. And if it’s not the boss themselves who are making things difficult, it’s their lack of

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Leadership: Finding a Good Fit

Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to identify “good fit” during their hiring process. Candidate selection is driven by the magical, mystical notion of making a good fit decision. First Steps Clearly, the first step usually involves matching job description requirements with the candidate’s stated background experience.

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What Is Professional Presence and How Can I Achieve It?

What Exactly Is Presence? Presence is letting the most powerful version of yourself shine through. I like to cite the renowned leadership expert Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who defines “presence” as a combination of gravitas, communication, and appearance. Together, these elements form an impression of trustworthiness, competence, and authenticity. Gravitas is

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

To all my friends, colleagues, clients, and followers Here’s wishing you a very joyous holiday season, whichever celebration you enjoy. My heart is full of 2022 blessings and opportunities. For me, it has been a good year. Not one totally void of challenges, but it is in those trials we

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An Easy Strategy for Making Better Decisions

At year-end, we all begin the process of making decisions about the new year. This is especially true if you own a business or are responsible for a work team inside a larger enterprise. It’s been well documented that highly successful people tend to make decisions quickly – and they

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Leaders 2023: What Holds You Back?

It’s December. People start shutting down business activities for the holidays or…. They ramp up some last-minute planning and thinking about the new year. Which one are you? If your business has matured (because you, the leader, have made the transition to owner/CEO) CONGRATULATIONS! Likely you had your new year

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Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Here’s a simple note to say THANK YOU. You are loved. I appreciate each and every one of you who follows my blog or listens to my podcast. YOU are the reason I do what I do to help equip better leaders.

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