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The 1 Question You Must Ask Before You Fire Someone

Does Your Employee Know They Are About to be Fired?

I’ve had many managers report to me across my career as a leader and CEO. And over the years, many of those managers have come to me at different times to express a keen desire to fire one of their own direct reports.

And every time that happened, I always reacted in the exact same way. I tell my

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B.L.U.F.F. Your Way Into Great Communication

Put the bottom line up front to be a great communicator.

When most people communicate or have an update to share at work, either in an email or with a verbal report, they love to share their entire intellectual journey. They tend to start at the beginning, and then explain everything they did to get to the end results – which they save as their big conclusions.

While that kind of approach might work if you’re writing a novel, it’s not effective when it comes to sharing updates in business; especially with busy executives.

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The Simple Tool You Can Use to Keep People Accountable

You can get an immediate jump in productivity.

Accountability is a topic that lots of CEOs and leaders talk about. Specifically, most of their concern is that they don’t feel like their people hold themselves accountable to the things they need to do in driving higher levels of performance throughout the organization.

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How to Monetize the Data in Your Business

A three-tiered approach to the monetization of data that follows the framework of Aggregation, Analytics, and Actionable Predictions.

Just about every business is awash in data these days. From data about your customers and their buying habits to data about the market in general, you have an enormous amount of information right at your fingertips. But the question then becomes: how can you monetize that data? Continue reading How to Monetize the Data in Your Business

The Secrets To Lose-Lose Negotiation

The best negotiators don’t look for win-win behaviors, they try to find a lose-lose compromise that everyone can accept.

When it comes to negotiating a deal, we have all been taught to try and find a so-called “win-win” solution. But when you watch the best negotiators in action, they actually use a very different tactic. Their goal is to strike what you might call “lose-lose” deals.

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The 6 Types of Power All Successful People Possess. Which One Do You Have?

Successful people know that there are six kinds of power that you can earn in an organization and only a few of them are given by the company.

What kind of power do you have in your organization? And by that I mean can you get other people to do what you want them to? While it’s become somewhat out of style to talk about whether someone has “power” or not, the truth is that there are people using power to get things done. And if you aren’t, you might be missing out. Do you find yourself not getting promoted or do you fail to get resources for the projects you’re most interested in pursuing? If so, you might need to rethink how people earn power in your organizations while also finding ways to earn more power of your own.  Continue reading The 6 Types of Power All Successful People Possess. Which One Do You Have?

When to Delegate? Try the 70 Percent Rule

If you don’t learn to embrace the art of delegation, you won’t be able to build your business. The 70 percent rule gives you guidance on how to do it well.

So when do you delegate a task? This central question stops many CEOs from moving tasks to their team. Continue reading When to Delegate? Try the 70 Percent Rule

Top 10 Reasons to Join a CEO Peer Group

A great way to become a better leader – fast

Serving as the leader or CEO of an organization of any size can be a difficult and lonely job. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help you become a better leader–including things like going back to school to get your MBA, reading books, and, of course, learning on the job.contact-us-phone-and-email

But there is also another way to accelerate your learning curve on your way to becoming a better leader: by joining a CEO peer group.

A CEO peer group is a made up of a group of CEOs, ideally who run companies of similar sizes and complexity, that meet regularly to work through business-related issues. These groups are either facilitated by a member of the group or by an outside professional who has deep business expertise. Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Join a CEO Peer Group

Double Your Income by Knowing the Second Most Valuable Thing You Can Do With Your Time

If you consistently create high value time – you can double your income

If you ask any businessperson what the most valuable thing they can do, they all likely have the same answer: work on their billable hours.

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