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10 Small Business Trends for 2020

I firmly believe that the true scarcity in business today isn’t knowledge or different growth options or even good intention – it’s CLARITY. And clarity on trends that can help your business is imperative. Lots of businesses conduct competitor research. This is a defensive move — you look at your

Six Common Strategy Traps

As we move into 2020 you are probably creating and/or reviewing your strategy for the upcoming year. I have written extensively in the past on strategy and what it is and is not. Strategy is all about the competitive advantage you are able to sustain over time. Patrick Lencioni (author of The

What X Factor Drives Your Economic Engine?

Is your company on track to be as valuable as you want it to be? Is it growing? Is it maximizing profits? If you have difficulty with your answer, you are not alone. Now is the time to ask yourself the ultimate question to achieve change and focus in your business. What drives your economic engine

Can a 4-Day Workweek Jump Productivity 40%?

Microsoft recently experimented with a 4-day workweek in Japan. This CNN report details the results: "While the amount of time spent at work was cut dramatically, productivity — measured by sales per employee — went up by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year." In addition they

How to Foster Positive Accountability in Your Company

Recently I have observed a common theme that many leaders struggle with: they don't know how to hold their people accountable. They may be great at hiring A players, but many leaders still have the feeling that their people could be doing better work. What comes to your mind when you hear the

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