Making Friends and Improving Business

Quite simply, business is about relationships.  Customers buy products and services that they feel connected to.  That is why you should put the same effort into building business relationships that you do in building friendships. Think about how you interact

Get Inspired! Knowing What Motivates You Improves Your Business:

We are all motivated by different things.  Some take inspiration from friends and family.  Others look to nature and the world around them.  We even have famous examples or popular stories that connect us to people who would otherwise be

Ways To Improve Your Self Esteem

Self esteem is an incredibly important part of your being and it is the way in which you shape yourself and show yourself to the world. Your self-esteem also forms part of your working life and if you have low

We Can Always Get it Right-

My wife and I were discussing some of the difficulties that everyone seems to face in life and she asked why people struggle so much.  This was my reply to her general concern: Don’t worry so much about the mistakes…

See Your Goal and Run for It-

There is nothing more annoying than missing out on a promotion. Okay I take that back, there are plenty of other things equally and more annoying, but as it happened to me a few months ago it’s very fresh in

SmallBiz Profiles: Getting Your ‘VIP’ Employees to Work-

Right now it seems like people are all looking at ways to improve employment opportunities and save on expense at the same time.  By working directly with employers and individuals with disabling conditions, VIP Associates & Co., Inc. seeks to improve

How to Motivate People Around you in 2012-

While evolving technology has improved the business practices of marketing and promoting a brand, it has posed several challenges for managers and commercial leaders across the globe. As concepts such as crowd sourcing have served to empower both the consumer

Stay Determin… SQUIRREL!

It is easy to get sidetracked in this information age.  We have access to so much information and content that it can be very distracting when we try to focus on the things that are most important.  Because of the

Happy to Work?

What are the things that motivate you as you work and seek to accomplish things in your business?  What drives you to be more creative?  Here is an interesting discussion on the things that drive happiness.  What drives you to

Importance of Character

In order to have success that endures, it is critical to sustain the attributes of one that has excellent character.  In a society so intent on debating the latest soundbite or finding a quick fix, we need more.  We need

Building Character

Sometimes life is hard.  Being in business is hard.  Things don’t go as planned.  This adverse experiences can take us in one of two directions.  They can make us better or they can make us worse.  It is a fundamental

Standing Out By Making a Difference

One of the best ways to help your business to stand out is by making a difference in your community.  What things need to be done?  How can you help others?  How can you improve the situation of others around

What Does Your World Inspire You to Do?

Everything around us can and should be inspirational.  Life can be pretty rushed. The demands on our time seem to pull us all over, but it is important to see the inspirational.  Be moved by the people and things around

Be Inspiring!

It is more and more apparent as each day goes by that things are difficult.  Financial markets are struggling.  People are increasingly more challenged and concerned.  The divide between communities, groups, and organizations is becoming increasingly more contentious and marked.

Brain Exercising

Sometimes it feels like there is too much to do.  The tasks that need to be accomplished keep piling up and all our energy becomes devoted to the “To Do’s”.  Regardless of how much we are seeking to accomplish within

The Time to Lead is Now

It is always risky to discuss things like politics, sports and religion because there will almost always be those that will take an opposing viewpoint.  I think because of that fact, I have become increasingly more convinced that we all

Changing the World

Here is a great video about a program being used to motivated to make a difference in the world around us.  It includes some information about the Small Things Challenge.  What can you do to change the world?

Revisiting Business Happiness

From time to time, I will re-publish and re-visit a business topic that is meaningful to me.  Because things are still looking rough on the economic front, I just wanted to share my tips on business happiness again.  I really

The Power of Unity in Business

One of my least favorite business phrases is: “What’s in it for me?”  Business… real business… is about establishing and maintaining relationships, not just unilaterally deriving a benefit from another party.  Too many business owners get too focused on a

Why You NEED to Tell Your Story

Success in business is directly correlated with the connections that you are able to make.  These connections can be with suppliers, service providers, and especially, clients and customers.  People that related to your product or service are more likely to

Why Google Translate Should Have an “Attorney” Language

I know.  It is something that we struggle with as attorneys.  In our circles, we call it “legalese.”  You might wonder if we had a vested interest in confusing humanity.  Regardless, give us a break because that is how we

Create a Culture of Achievement

Businesses are filled with reports, goals, measurements and benchmarks.  All too often for small business owners, goals are unmet, report are overlooked and measurements are unused.  It is not simply enough for you as a business owner to set goals

Role of Fallability

Our society emphasizes the importance of avoiding mistakes.  Often, because of that perspective, people feel motivated about cover or mask mistakes instead of engaging and overcoming those mistakes.  Here is an interesting perspective on why we do not think about