May 24th, 2018

For some, simple business might appear to be an oxymoron. Almost all of the businesses I have worked with in the past 30 years have been anything but simple. Is it possible to keep business simple, with a simple business structure, a simple business plan, simple business processes and simple management – is it really possible to simplify business? This morning, I Googled “simple business.” The fourth listing on the search results page had this heading, “Simple Business Workshop – Welcome.”…

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May 17th, 2018

Recently, my wife and I took two of our grandchildren, ages 4 and 3, off on a short getaway to enjoy some time together. As we arose in our hotel room before 8 on our final morning and started to get ready to head down for our complementary breakfasts, the lights in part of our room went out. When I stepped into the hallway, the emergency lights were on and my wife could smell smoke. Shortly thereafter, fire alarms were blaring and we were exiting down the back stairway. By the time all the…

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May 10th, 2018

Are great leaders born or do they develop over time? I have had the privilege throughout the past 20+ years to work alongside many leaders and managers and I can honestly say great leaders and managers are usually regular people just like you and me. I say that because I don’t want you to think you have to be born with a special set of genes to be a great leader or manager. Great leaders and managers can be developed. The whole topic of leadership and management development is near and dear…

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May 3rd, 2018

Written by Don Tinney on April 30, 2010 Does that seem like an unrealistic expectation? Is it selfish or inappropriate to want something specific in return for all we invest in our businesses? Many owners, leaders, managers and employees have a hard time verbalizing what they want from their business. We might not even think much about it. We just show up every day, do what we do and go home. We have a “good” week or a “bad” week, but what makes a week good or bad? What is it that makes a…

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April 26th, 2018

Creating Magic – 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From A Life At Disney, by Lee Cockerell, is a great business book. Organizational structure matters. Lee Cockerell makes the point in the second chapter with his Strategy #2: Break the Mold. Cockerell tells the story of moving to France to help create Disneyland Paris where he immediately learned that success would depend largely on the quality of the restaurants, given that Europeans love their food. He realized that the issue was…

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