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DEVELOPING THE RIGHT BOARD OF ADVISORS

One of the (many) difficult things for a small business is to develop and use an effective board of advisors or board of directors. But it can make a huge impact in a lot of ways. If you lead a small business, I’d certainly encourage you to explore putting together a group of informal advisors or even a more formal board of directors. But as with any business decision, it can come with some drawbacks. So how do you get the benefits of an advisory group while limiting the difficulties that can arise? After this personal experience and having worked with a number of other organizations (both for-profit and non-profit) over the years I have a few tips.

So, how do you arrange for a board that is the right balance between supporting your efforts and challenging you to get better?

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Hey everyone! As you know, I like to start the week with a good roundup of some of the best articles I’ve come across in recent days. I like to look for articles on leadership, marketing, customer relationships, branding, technology, strategy, etc. that will be of interest to business owners and leaders. So, here’s this week’s summary of must-reads:

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FINISHING 2016 STRONG

Does it feel like 2016 is just flying by? Very soon September 1 will be upon us and the year’s 4th quarter will be off and running. I bet you set goals for 2016. When was the last time you looked back at them? How’s it looking? Successful? Disappointing? Somewhere in between? It’s not unusual to still have unachieved goals floating around out there. So, let’s talk about how to end the year strong. Let’s get your company focused on how to make the most of Q4.

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Hello again everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. ups was mostly filled with back-to-school stuff. Fun, right? Anyway, as always let’s start the week with a roundup of the best articles for business leaders I came across recently.

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LETTING YOUR BUSINESS’S PERSONALITY SHINE THROUGH

Sometimes it’s hard for us to ascribe human characteristics to nonhuman entities likeSun shining through a forest businesses. But, you know, often they do have these characteristics – and it makes sense to think about organizations in this way. One of these traits is “personality” – that set of characteristics that often influence the way we see people. A business also has a set of characteristics that make up it’s “personality” and help define how those outside the organization view it, react to its brand, and interact with it.

An organization’s personality is derived from its foundational core values and mission. The organization’s brand is derived from that foundation – and its personality can be thought of as the way the brand interacts with the world around it. Think about “personality” as that layer that sits between the internal and the external and which helps the outside understand the inside (if managed well). And manage it we should.

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. We sure did here. We celebrated my oldest daughter’s confirmation at church and got to visit with family. Very nice!

Well, as I always like to do, let’s start this week with some of the best articles from the last week or so – and, yes, some tips and insights from me as well. Enjoy!

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IS YOUR LACK OF VISION HOLDING YOUR COMPANY BACK?

Your business’s growth may have stalled or just may not be growing as fast as you might like. It’s natural to ask why? As the business’s leader you want to know what’s getting in the way. What’s limiting (or even blocking) your business’s growth? Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes not. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that one limiting factor is almost always at play – a lack of vision. It’s time to ask yourself is your mindset is holding your company back.

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Happy Monday everyone. My family had nice little “stay-cation” right here in Houston. A weekend of hotel, restaurants, hotel pool, etc. I think everybody had a great time. Now back to business. And to start with, here’s my weekly summary of some great articles from the last week or so. Enjoy!

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6 WAYS TO STOP MANAGING AND START LEADING

Sometimes it’s not easy to adjust when someone is asked to take on a leadership role at their organizations. The transition from being a manager or a supervisor in the organization to one of a leader is fraught with pitfalls. And sometimes those pitfalls can drag us down; preventing us from growing and making that leap into becoming a confident leader.

What does it take to be a leader? And what is it about some good managers that keeps them from being successful as an organization’s leader? And what are some of the best ways to ensure you successfully make the transition from manager to leader?

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. It’s been crazy-hot and dry here in Houston. But I still got some good yard work done. Fun, right? LOL Anyway, it’s now Monday and time for my weekly round-up of some of the best things I read (and, ok, a few I wrote) from the last week or so.

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