Escaping from Decision-Making Hell

When it comes down to it, the only wrong decision you can make is none at all. A great leader needs to have the confidence to make a decision, move forward, and own the consequences, good or bad. When you are faced with a decision and can’t confidently say “hell yes” or “hell no,” that leaves you in one place: hell.

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Breaking Through Your 5-Year Ceiling: Delegate & Elevate

In most cases, we as entrepreneurs are our own biggest obstacle to growth. As a business owner, your ability to break through these ceilings is fundamentally reliant upon your ability to master these 5 tools. Let’s take a look at how delegation can elevate your business beyond those challenging 5-year ceilings, one step at a time. True growth often comes down to effective delegation and elevation.

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Breaking Through Your 5-Year Ceiling: Simplify

As you navigate the ups and downs of owning and running your business, you’ll find that though almost nothing is certain, many things do emerge as patterns we can recognize and improve upon. One of those things is the 5-year ceiling: it’s this idea that after 5 years, an obstacle emerges that challenges your ability to grow as a company. Trust me: growth is never a straight upward curve, and

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How to Communicate With Millennials

If you want to start a business today (and be successful at it), you better learn how to communicate with millennials. Whether you think you like them or not, you’re going to have to work with them, and great work is borne out of mutual respect and understanding. In my years at the helm of a social media and content marketing firm, I’ve learned a thing or two about working

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Learning from Millennials

Originally posted in October 2015 by Social Media Contractors Recently I was asked to give a talk at Creighton University about business to business content marketing.  Before the lecture, I was talking with a professor and we were comparing notes about teaching and working with millennials.  We agreed that we “old guys” have a huge opportunity to learn from this generation. In my previous blog series, “Four Pillars of a Great Life,”

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part V, Pillar IV: Passion

Originally posted in September 2015 by Social Media Contractors I am going to embarrass myself a bit here. As I said earlier on, I recently had some major surgery that required me to remain inactive and because of this I consumed much more than my fill of bad TV. At the same time I am pondering the idea of this piece, “Four Pillars of a Great Life”. Through my channel surfing I

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part IV: Financial Security

Originally posted in August 2015 by Social Media Contractors Just two generations ago, the populations of the western world knew and directly experienced famine, disease epidemics, genocide, and massive loss of life in wars. Today’s millennial generation’s only exposure to these realities is often only in school, movies, and online. My parents were children of the depression, WWII, and polio, so I can remember the stories of parents and grandparents, but those

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Four Pillars of a Great Life: a Secure Relationship

Originally posted in August 2015 by Social Media Contractors Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, or yin and yang. However you look at it, finding a complimentary companion is the beginning of a secure relationship. In some cases, two loving companions may enjoy spending all their free time together, doing everything together. In other cases, you may have an ideal partner who lives in another state and who you only see

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part III: Health

Originally posted in August 2015 by Social Media Contractors Thanks for tuning in to my ongoing blog series on what makes a great life! It is now time to talk about each of the individual pillars of a well-balanced life: Personal Health A Secure Relationship Financial and Physical Security Passion For What You Do The question comes to mind, what is personal health? What does success look like for your own, individual

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Four Pillars of a Great Life Part II: Accountability

Originally posted in July 2015 by Social Media Contractors It is great if you’re buying into the idea that a well-balanced life consists of a balance of these four pillars:       Personal Health       A Secure Relationship       Financial and Physical Security       Passion For What You Do But let’s be real, there are a ton of emotions associated with even starting to think this way. Examples being: lost.What does this really mean? Overwhelmed. OK,

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