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Curious as a child

Curious as a child

Do you have the whole world figured out? I sure don’t. There are days when I’m not sure I understand anything. That’s where it pays to be curious. Like a child. You see, a child doesn’t know that they’re supposed to look like the one with all the answers. And new...

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the end of the known

The end of the known!

At some point, you reach the end of your knowledge and expertise. You’re feeling exposed and vulnerable. Especially if you feel you have to be the expert in the room. The simplest, most powerful way out of this problem is just to … admit it. Tell the others that you’re at...

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grace matters

Grace matters

You have the power to make things easier or harder for your customers. And for your employees, partners and community as well. We all seem to complain a lot about how busy we are, how difficult life is, and how we feel everything is so complicated. A lot of that is...

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messy and beautiful

Messy and Beautiful!

Several things happened to me recently which reminded me that … the beauty in life comes from what also makes it messy. I tend to be an organized guy, so it doesn’t feel comfortable when I’m dealing with things outside my control. I like to have a plan. But I was...

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what truly matters

What Truly matters

The work is never done. Ever. It’s a fact of our modern life, really. And I’m sure you feel this in your business; there’s an infinite supply of stuff to be done and things to worry about. The question is, though: What really matters? You know the answer, of course. But...

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A dual-edged sword

I ran across a really cool concept the other day called Pledge 1% Colorado. It’s a neat idea to support and encourage businesses to help nonprofits benefit from their company’s growth. There’s no question that business leaders are looking for creative ways to have positive impact in their communities. It’s inspiring!...

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Facing big choices

Facing big choices?

There are times when your business is facing the truly big choices. M&A (mergers & acquisitions) or taking your company public are the events that bring lots of press attention, but for a smaller company there are many more modest examples: Hiring your first employee Putting a management layer in for...

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