Starting at a young age, we are led to believe that life is fairly linear.  You go to school, then you specialize your field of study, then you start working, then you get promoted, then you retire and start playing bridge.  At some point, we start to suspect this is not entirely true…  The way…

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Each business will determine its own priorities, ingredients, and exact steps as it develops and grows. But within those variations, there remain four essential stages that a business leader must recognize and manage.  Much like in Italian cooking. There are many ways to make a tomato sauce, but you will have to use certain base…

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Last January I talked about new year’s habits as an option to new year’s resolutions: New year’s resolutions are list items we can start to forget by about mid-February. New year’s goals are targets we can miss and return to for the first six months of the year. New year’s habits, however, are a structured…

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It is a pleasure to be once again quoted in the CEO Nation blog: Rescue a CEO. See the article 20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Determine and Set Their Goals, and check out response number 16.

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Unique Value Proposition

The last month or so of posts all stemmed from considering Italian cooking and its similarities to good management. Italian food is common, popular, and often adapted to new locations and tastes. However, in Italy itself there are about half the number of Michelin-starred restaurants as there are in France. And Italy is ok with…

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A couple of weeks ago we discussed managing with the correct balance of direction and freedom, and that to achieve this balance, a business needs a strong value statement and strong goals. If your people know where you are headed, they can use their own strengths and ideas to get you there. Having already shared…

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