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Why Your Company Needs More (Effective) Meetings

[fa icon="calendar'] January 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Leadership

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Meetings are often seen as the most useless part of business life, but they don’t have to be.  In fact, meetings can be an important tool for driving your company’s growth, but they have to be run effectively for your team to get value and stop viewing them as a waste of time.

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11 Powerful Business Books for CEO's and Entrepreneurs to Read in 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] January 2, 2017 at 7:00 AM / by Marisa Smith posted in Leadership

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As an entrepreneur and advisor to business leaders, I always have a stack of books sitting on my desk that have been recommended to me by friends and colleagues. Each year, I compile a list of books that have either stuck with me year after year, or have emerged as new favorites in the last year. 

As you build your reading list for the coming year, here are some books to consider adding to your list! I plan to buy all of them in bulk and regularly recommend them to clients and colleagues in 2017. 

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Do You Really Want That Promotion?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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“I really want the promotion. I’d love to take on that manager position,” Fred says enthusiastically. Fred has been on your team for several years now and he knows your business well. He’s proven himself to be reliable and professional. But why does he want the position? His enthusiasm reminds you of a kid in a candy store repeating I want it, I want it! But just like that kid in the candy store, does he actually want it? Is he about to bite off more than he can chew?

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When Team Members Don't "Get It"

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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The best basketball players in the league get it. The original Dream Team’s Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird come to mind. They understand the game so intuitively, it’s second nature to them. They make playing seem effortless.

In my article on building your business dream team, I stated that you must have players who passionately share your vision and have the skills to help your business win consistently. Your players must get it, want it, and have the capacity (GWC™ in Traction terms) to consistently deliver what their position on the team requires.

So what does “get it” really mean?

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Do you have a business team that can win?

[fa icon="calendar'] November 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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Winning-Team.jpgImagine the scene: you enter the packed press room and immediately sense the energy from the crowd of reporters. You take a seat at the long table amidst what seems like a sea of cameras, microphones, tangled wires, and bright lights. A reporter from Entrepreneur Magazine stands to ask the first question, and a hush falls over the room. “How confident are you that your team can take you all the way to the championships this year?”

How would you answer? Are you confident in your current business team? If you were struck with fear at the thought of answering that question honestly in front of reporters and cameras, or anyone for that matter, keep reading.

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10 Ways to Build a Great Company

[fa icon="calendar'] August 25, 2016 at 2:56 PM / by Marisa Smith posted in Management, Leadership, Strategy

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When I first started my company, I thought it would be all rainbows and unicorns. I had a lot of fantasies about how much better my lifestyle would be when I didn’t work for “the man,” which is probably why I spent most of my time depressed and anxious when reality finally set in. The financial roller coaster, the feast-or-famine nature of project work, and the loneliness of being a solo-entrepreneur was not what I had in mind.

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A Cancer That Can Kill Your Business

[fa icon="calendar'] July 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Growth, Vision

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Our current reality is that we all share the experience of cancer impacting someone we know. We understand the language of cancer: early detection and treatment, advanced stages, prognosis and survival rates. It is a serious and ominous topic for too many of us.

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What A Gardening Incident Can Teach You About Business

[fa icon="calendar'] June 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Growth, Teamwork

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pruning-shears.jpgDoes this gardening incident sound familiar? “My son ran over my rosebush with the lawn mower. I thought for sure it was dead! But to my amazement, it came back stronger and more vibrant than ever.” It seems like most of us have a gardening incident somewhere in our past. Aside from teaching your son to spare the shrubbery, there is a business lesson in this gardening incident, too. It’s about pruning for growth.

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Meetings to Share Information

[fa icon="calendar'] July 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Meetings

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I concluded my prior blog article, How many Meetings Do I Need With Whom?, urging you to do highly focused meetings with the fewest, right people participating.  This article will give you some practical guidelines for using meeting time to share information.

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Did You Find the Right People for Your Leadership Team?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Teamwork

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Two years ago I wrote a blog article contrasting team players and team leaders.  Why? Because there’s a stark difference between the two and it matters greatly who you have on your leadership team.

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