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Become the ‘Yoda’ of Your Market: 4 Ways Transformational Leadership Gives You a Competitive Advantage

 by Dr. James Cummings

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I was recently having a discussion with a colleague about leadership and growing my business.  When I used the phrase, “transformational leadership” I was asked, “what’s that?”  Continue reading

I Just Need to Vent

by Dr. James Cummings

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Last week I was having a conversation with a manager at a local business. We had scheduled this meeting to discuss strategy. Upon my arrival in her office, it was immediately made clear to me that we were going to be talking about something on her mind that was unrelated to our scheduled meeting. Her topic? “I’m super pissed off today about the people on my team.”

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Strategy: The Secret Ingredient for Success in Small Business

by Dr. James Cummings

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“James, I am not sure that I fully understand what business strategy is … I hear the words, and I read that I’m supposed to have one, but I really don’t understand what one is!” Continue reading

To Incentivize, or Not to Incentivize, That is the Question …

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  Dr James Cummings

 

 

 

 

A couple of nights ago my wife, myself, and a small group of her co-workers went out to dinner. As inevitably happens, the discussion went from “how about this weather?” to “can you believe what’s going on at work?” Since I was the only person present NOT working for the same employer, I sat quietly and listened. A person can learn a lot about a business by listening to the employees. Continue reading

Potential – Interviewing with a Different Goal in Mind

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This month’s article is about the ongoing issue that I hear about almost daily: “I can’t find and keep good staff!” In rural areas this can be a major issue, because there are literally less opportunities to find or recruit people. However, I promise it CAN BE DONE!

I recently read an informative article. I liked it partly because of what it said, and partly because of what it didn’t say. This article was initially shared on the Tap The Potential Facebook page. The author is Claudio Fernandez-Araoz. His complete article can be found here.

There are 5 areas to assess to help business owners spot talent. Talent is a necessary ingredient in every business, and it is something that all business owners should be striving to find and develop. The 5 areas are: Continue reading

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