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Owners and Leaders: Why Live a Groundhog’s Day?

We all find ourselves occasionally reliving events and circumstances from our work and home lives. The same negative events repeat themselves without positive change.

Great Leaders Don’t Set Out to Be a Leader

Seldom does an individual sense the call of leadership at an early age; as in “I’m going to be a fireman” or “I’m going to be an astronaut”.

Hear the real story behind Doug’s purpose for becoming an Executive Coach and Mentor. If this story stirs your passion for what you are trying to accomplish at work, at home, or in your community, Doug can help.

SWOT Yourself

There’s a popular business analysis tool known as S.W.O.T. It provides a method for looking at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. SWOT reviews are done for business issues of all kinds like competition, market position, product design, sales, and technology. As applied to a business, you can see the merit […]

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To Be a Great Leader, You Must Inspect What You Expect

This article was originally published on April 2, 2018 and has been updated. Inspect what you expect. This is an old saying that I learned decades ago. What does it mean, exactly? And what does it have to do with leadership? Well… Have you been guilty of spouting a directive […]

Don’t Widen the Plate

Here’s a life lesson that needs no embellishment…. In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention. While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran […]

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Fake News in the Blogsphere???

Say it isnt so. Today is April 1 or April Fool’s Day. Yes, I’ve seen my share of clever prank notes and ruses to get me going today. HOWEVER…. One stands heads and shoulders above them all. Marketing guru Ryan Deiss, of Austin, Texas, wins the world championship in my […]

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Some People Are Just Haters

The life of a manager/business leader certainly has its benefits, but there are downsides to being a leader too. Not long ago, I received an email from someone who had served on a large project with me. Their recall of my leadership role was, let’s say, “less than flattering.” The […]

How Do YOU Look at Problem Solving?

People in management and leadership deal with problems all day long. Plans and projects get started, procedures are written and taught, but things go wrong. You’ve got a problem. Challenges present themselves in so many forms. People problems, supply problems, customer problems, and so on and so on. A lot […]

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Leadership Lessons Learned in the Trenches

The experiences in the field often served to remind me of business leadership principles I learned a long time ago, but have to revisit frequently if I choose to keep them fresh and effective.