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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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Don't mix business and personal

Don’t mix business and personal!

Our dryer broke down yesterday, right in the middle of doing laundry. So I had the joy of sitting in the laundromat feeling quite annoyed. It’s not like I didn’t have work to do! But business DOES impinge on personal, and vice versa. If you just got beat up by a...

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you're sending the wrong signals

You’re sending the wrong signals

Your company is on a great and important mission. You’ve done the work to align your values and measures. Fantastic! And then you shoot yourself in the foot by being inconsistent. It’s a matter of trust. Trust takes a long time to build but can be destroyed in an instant. That...

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what's your shining light

What’s your shining light

It may seem like the forces of darkness are out to get you. I feel like that myself sometimes. If you have a deeper purpose or vision, though, you can cut through the darkness because it’s always available to you. It’s even more fascinating to me that my light of inspiration...

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amazing businesses fail too

Amazing businesses fail too!

I’ve written profiles for about 80 values-driven businesses, and one of them shut down last week. As I think about it, there are probably 7 or 8 which have failed in the last five years. That’s better than average, actually, as the SBA estimated that 95% of startups don’t survive their...

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