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Learn From Yourself First…

by admin on April 05, 2016

Before you blame someone else.  Before you blame the market.  Before you blame the economy.  Before you give all the reasons why someone or something else was at fault, my favorite trait of top leaders, is their ability to blame themselves first. Introspection – is the examination of your own contribution to the problem. The ...

An Inquisition To Call Your Own

by admin on April 04, 2016

The entrepreneurs I know possess a dazzling list of skills. They’re good at math, have incredible vision, boundless energy and positivity. But conducting job interviews? Not so much.  Most of them kind of suck at it. Maybe it’s because as self-made businesspeople, they’ve been through so few interviews themselves. Or, without proper HR training, perhaps ...

Everything I Know About Recruiting I Learned Duck Hunting

by admin on March 28, 2016

My grandfather Cam Shortts was a great businessman, but he was an even better hunter. He owned a successful hunting and fishing lodge in northern Ontario, an amazing place where I spent many, many days in my youth. And it was ‘Up North’ nestled on the shore of a shimmering lake with that great man ...

Hiring Lessons from World Champions

by admin on March 21, 2016

When you really think about it, building a team for your company is a lot like rebuilding a sports team.  And the fun part? You get to be the General Manager! This is where we can take some hiring lessons from world champions. And unless your business is like the New York Yankees and you ...

Entrepreneurs Start Asking The Right Questions

by admin on March 14, 2016

  A few years ago one of my mentors was telling me about a story at Starbucks. He was a Senior VP at Starbucks reporting into Howard Schultz. Years earlier, Howard had called my mentor on his cell phone and asked ‘Why is the letter B not working on the signage at the 50th & ...

Cheer On Your Employees Constantly

by admin on March 10, 2016

Imagine a soccer game… If the fans only cheered when a goal was scored, it would be an extraordinarily boring game.  The fans cheer the entire time. If you’re the CEO, you need to cheer on your employees constantly too.  Cheer them on for every little thing you can catch them doing well.  It will ...

How to Set Up Your Company to Drive the Highest Sale Price – Part 2

by admin on February 25, 2016

What’s your business worth? Want to know how to drastically increase the amount a buyer will pay you? A few years ago, I introduced a friend to an M&A firm. His company was doing about $30 million in revenue and he was really hoping to sell for $50 million. In the end, he sold for ...

Quick Guide: How to Sell Your Company for the Highest Price – Part 1

by admin on February 22, 2016

  If you want to increase the value of your privately held company, it’s not just about profits. While profitability is critical, there are other factors that can elevate your company’s valuation when it comes time to sell. Three years ago, I introduced a CEO to an awesome M&A firm. They helped package his company ...

Planning a Corporate Retreat – Part 2

by admin on February 18, 2016

Corporate retreats are often intended for purposes of general relaxation, team-building and brainstorming of new ideas. Members can relax, share experiences encountered throughout the work period, often a year, in a relaxed and tension-free atmosphere. These are the places where the junior employees can find a chance to interact freely with their superiors. In most ...

Planning a Corporate Retreat – Part 1

by admin on February 16, 2016

The quality of relationships between the employer and employees, and among the employees themselves have a lot of impact on employee morale and how well they deliver. Companies thrive on teamwork and innovativeness. And both are impacted by the value of relationships within the company. Sometimes the organization has to go out of its way ...

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