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Three Steps to Succeed in Business

January 12, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

We are all looking for the secret formula, how to make our businesses better, how to make sure we achieve our goals. As part of this process, we start seeing themes. Based on those themes, I’ve come up with three steps you must take to succeed in business. Things you must do to make sure that you are going to … Read the rest

Managing Your Time and Priorities

January 12, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

I recently published a blog entry about managing your time and how important it is to get control of your time. In the comments we received, we found that not only do entrepreneurs struggle with time, but they struggle with priorities. Priorities may be the problem, but I view the issue as being one and the same. If you don’t … Read the rest

Do Our Clients Understand the Value of our Services?

January 11, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

I recently saw a Facebook meme that said, “Their problem is that they care too much about people who don’t care about them.”  Caring too much can be a real problem. And the same can be true in business. Often, we care about customers or business relationships who do not care about themselves. We as professionals or product providers want … Read the rest

Five Steps to Get to Know People

January 11, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

How do you truly get to know people? Well, give them a chance to show their true colors. We really do not know people until we interact with them and that takes time. In the business world, you will meet people who are great and some that are not.

At the beginning, many of your initial meetings will look the … Read the rest

Motivate Your Employees by Telling Stories

January 10, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

Glenn Gutek of Atticus, the attorney consulting firm introduced us to an interesting idea.  Glenn told us, when managing law firms, that leaders talk about cultural norms and focus on stories. They tell stories about great service to clients.

They use those stories about how the company has performed, and how the company is to perform to reinforce a culture, … Read the rest

Avoid Stage Fright by Preparing and Rehearsing Before a Presentation

January 10, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

A fellow public speaker recently asked me for inspiration and ideas to overcome sudden anxiety about giving a presentation. Here is the key. If you are going to give a presentation, you need to know your material well. Know the core material, the value that you are providing to the audience. Rehearse, if necessary, ahead of time. After that, the … Read the rest

Kodak Stock Soars – And lessons for the rest of us

January 10, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

Yesterday Kodak’s stock soared.  Multiple news outlets reported the tremendous increase in its stock price.

Everyone seems to trace it back to Kodak’s announcement it will release a cryptocurrency for film, photographers and photo rights.

What’s most interesting is that I often reference Kodak as an example of what not to do in business. They held onto the traditional film … Read the rest

Building Relationships with Potential Clients

January 9, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

Every business wants and needs to recruit new clients to keep the business going and growing.  This is our process for developing our clients, which might be helpful in your business.

Client development systems. We have certain systems and processes for developing relationships with potential clients. We have networking events, marketing, both online and in person, advertising, and other avenues… Read the rest

Refocus on Why You Are You Doing What You Do

January 9, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

We can make a living in hundreds of different ways in this modern economy. Each of us has chosen different careers. If we are having success, we are probably following a path of specialization. We are probably focusing on certain things, certain tasks, that we are doing well. We have chosen those tasks from a menu of a hundred different … Read the rest

Should They Stay or Should They Go? (Struggling with Employee Retention)

January 8, 2018 // R. Shawn McBride

Like a lot of business owners, you will occasionally have an employee you are not sure about.  You cannot decide whether to keep that employee or not. Maybe sometimes they perform well, but then they have moments of struggle. Maybe a star employee has some less-than-desirable behaviors. How do you make a determination of whether this employee should remain part … Read the rest

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