Why You’re Being a Bad Boss and How to Stop

Helping others embrace that done differently does not necessarily mean done wrong is one of the most fun parts of my job.  The reason many folks have a hard time delegating is that they inevitably know how to get it done better or, they believe no one knows how to do it right.  This, of course, is right, wrong, and a control freaks crutch.  Often, the person delegating the task DOES

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3 Steps to Get What Your Time is Worth

One of the most consistent things I see with younger and growing business owners is that even when they identify what to give up, they often have a hard time letting things go.  Just as a business owner may have a hard time letting go of a task because they know they can do it, so do many homeowners. When it comes to mowing the yard or cleaning the house,

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Delegate and Elevate: Are the Members of Your Team in the Right Seats?

If you’re like most business owners who have started their business from scratch, or if you have seen a big growth spurt and you’re acknowledging that you can’t do it all, it’s time to learn to delegate.  While in startup mode, you likely did everything. (And I mean everything!) You had your hands in the books, sales, marketing, strategic thinking, inventory, scrubbing the bathrooms, answering the phones, and on, and

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Stop Lying to Yourself, We Know You Can’t Multitask

I have owned 14 different companies, often several at the same time. I’ve seen 4 successful exits and been clobbered twice. I love what I do and I wake up naturally at 6:00 am. I have tremendous discipline and believed, for many years, that I was the exception. I knew in my soul that I was good at multitasking. I WAS WRONG. Yep, I admit it. Flat out wrong. Multitasking

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How Poorly Invested Time is Hurting You and What to Do About It

Lately, I have come across folks that are facing the challenge of having enough time. When you think about it, it’s our most valuable commodity. It is same for everyone and it’s completely up to us in how we invest it. Take for example billionaire Warren Buffett: he has the exact amount of time as everyone else. He doesn’t have a time machine; Warren only gets 24 hours in a day. We

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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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