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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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MAKE CONSISTENCY A CORE VALUE OF YOUR LEADERSHIP

I’ve talked with several people lately about the best ways to maximize the exposure your blog and your social media efforts get. One word that almost always comes up is “consistency”. Write, publish, and comment consistently – with a consistent “voice”. So, I got to thinking…if consistency is important in the promotional side of your business, where else might it also be important?

You may have heard the phrase that “The stock market hates uncertainty.” Well, that is true for your business also. Your customers, your employees, and your business partners appreciate consistency. They like to know what they can expect from your company and from you as a leader. How?

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Hello everyone! Happy birthday America! We’re 240 years strong and counting! I hope you were able to find time to enjoy the holiday and celebrate with friends and family! As always, though, I like to take time to summarize a list of some great articles you as a business leader should’t miss:

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MISTAKES HAPPEN. IT’S HOW YOU HANDLE THEM THAT MATTERS.

Dang! Something in your business just went wrong. Someone made a mistake. AMistake 01 customer’s ticked off. Hey, it happens. People understand that. But the real downfall is that so often we see companies that do a poor job of reacting when mistakes are made. It’s not that hard, really. It takes a dose of humility and a customer-focused outlook to get it right. But instead a lot of company responses could be characterized as the “never-happened”, the “it’s-the-customer’s-fault”, or even the “we’ll-get-to-it-sometime” schools. I know you’ve seen them.

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READSTHIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Good morning guys! Happy Monday to all. I hope you are rested from the weekend and ready to start a brand new, productive week. Here is a weekly roundup of some great articles to get your brain started. (If you want them more in real-time, be sure to follow me on social media – Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!)

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WHAT HAPPENED TO PREMIUM BRANDS’ PREMIUM SERVICE?

I think I can explain why Starbucks, Macy’s, Whole Foods Market, and plenty of other so-called “premium” or “luxury” brands are struggling. It’s a combination of things when, taken together, are the mass-marketing of higher-end brands. The experience has slipped away. The product mix is not as unique as it once was. The service levels have dropped from what they once were. The atmosphere has become boring, corporate, and bland. And higher-end businesses wonder why customers seek out other alternatives? Please.

If you have a higher-end brand, I have some ideas to help you differentiate your premium products and services and really stand out!

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THIS WEEK’S MUST READS

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a good and restful weekend. And for all the dads out

there…I hope your Fathers Day was great too! As always, I like to begin the week with summary of some of the best articles I’ve come across in the last week or so that I think would be interesting to business leaders. So, here is this week’s summary:

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