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race to the top

Race to the top!


https://www.smallfish.us/race-to-the-top/

Last week I talked about the depressing race to the bottom. That’s a strategy of focusing on reducing prices over all other considerations. When several companies do this at the same time, it destroys profit for everyone and can even kill an industry. We see this all the time. Fortunately, there’s...

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race to the bottom

Race to the bottom!


https://www.smallfish.us/race-to-the-bottom/

I’ve heard several reports recently which talk about companies doing everything they can to drive profit. And of course, the quickest variables to fiddle with are cutting quality and cutting employees. Cut expenses, then you can reduce prices, so you’ll gain market share and win more profit. Here’s the problem with...

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Uncertain times

Uncertain times


https://www.smallfish.us/uncertain-times/

Some industries are getting more nervous. Tariffs. Wars. Interest rates. Softer consumer confidence. The question is what you choose to do with all this swirling information. Because it’s always something. If you want a reason to avoid committing to a decision, there’s always something you can blame it on. It’s been...

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How you show up

How you show up


https://www.smallfish.us/how-you-show-up/

We all feel blown around by events, I get that. The employee called in sick with no warning. That customer is being a total pain. You just found out that the health care costs will be going up next year, and a lot more than you expected. When you’re reacting to...

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partners on the journey

Partners on the journey


https://www.smallfish.us/partners-on-the-journey/

Very few of us can change the world all by ourselves. That’s the price of having a vision that’s large and has a significant impact. So we work with others along our journey. I try to capture this concept with the word “partnering.” But that’s not primarily about the legal structure...

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what's the big picture

What’s the big picture?


https://www.smallfish.us/whats-the-big-picture/

This landscape of values-based businesses can be quite confusing. I had a chance to discuss this with a researcher in the field recently, and we started off with the term itself. Purpose-driven. Conscious. Values-based. Mission-driven. Such a mishmash of buzzwords! But if you look underneath that, you see a common thread:...

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the key added value

The key added value


https://www.smallfish.us/the-key-added-value/

What you measure gets attention. What gets attention gets worked on. And what gets worked on is improved. This is such a basic train of thought, yet how often do we actually lead this way? Let’s say that the key to your particular business success is developing personal, nurturing relationships with...

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