5 Super-Important Strategic Internet Marketing Tips

Strategic internet marketing is a core component of any business’s marketing strategy. It’s crucial to be clear on what your objectives are (building customer loyalty, expanding your customer base, providing new products or services, etc) and how to invest your money on Internet-related activities to achieve those objectives. When you use ineffective strategies, you risk turning … Read More

How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure?

Something about the word “failure” sounds loaded. As soon as we hear it, our minds start to react. We get scared. And that’s true even if what we’re afraid of doesn’t happen anymore! The problem is: previous failures impact our present actions. What really matters is what we choose to do every time we hear that … Read More

The Secret to Getting Your Way

Do you always get things to go how you want? Look around. Some people have the ability to influence others and get their way. Others always wind up with the short end of the stick. You’ve probably met that charismatic manager who always gets the resources he needs. Or heard of that team leader who … Read More

Empowering Difficult People

During my last seminar on the ideal image of a leader, Sue asked, “How can you help people who don’t want to help themselves?” I took some time to think about that. Sue was talking about Ron, a co-worker of hers. At some point, Sue decided that Ron doesn’t want to help himself. But how true … Read More

Why is Communication Like Oxygen for Your Business?

Can you imagine your business thriving without effective communication – especially from you? What is it about your methods of relaying information that makes the most impact on your business? The Need for Effective Communication   Some leaders may still be relying on the technical background and knowledge that thrust them into “the big office,” believing … Read More

What Don’t You Know About Communicating Expectations?

If you ask your employees to do something, is the outcome ever what you expect?  Think about it. How many times is the end result not even CLOSE to what you imagined it would be when you initially gave the instructions? Is there a possibility that YOU are responsible just as much as your employees? … Read More

Deadline Damage Control (Or, Why Hope Had to Die)

You already know how this ends. You’ve got a task or project to complete. Time is steamrolling closer to that deadline. Bad news: there’s just no way your project will be done by then. You can hope, pray, communicate, adjust, or even cry. Tough call! What do you do first to salvage a lousy situation? … Read More

How to Overcome Deadline Sabotage?

We previously spent some time talking about why deadlines are useful. But you probably still don’t like them! Deadlines force you to contend with many core personal obstacles, including (but of course not limited to) your concern about commitments (do I really want to agree to this deadline?), perfectionism (how much work will it take to … Read More

Why Are Deadlines Useful?

Deadline: a word many dread and even avoid. They can easily bring anxiety, stress, and tension to any interaction. The word even has “dead” in it! How empowering can a deadline really be? Let’s first sort out what a deadline is before we give ourselves permission to cringe. Deadline (n): the time by which something must be … Read More

Who is Your Ideal Employee?

If you secretly want a doppelganger working for you, you’re not alone. It’s a desire many managers and business owners have privately shared with me. What they really want, more than anything else, is an employee who: has the same values that they have can make decisions like they would take action when they would have … Read More