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Multi-Tasking Mastery

Now that life has brought commitments and children, my wife and I don’t spend as much one-on–one time as we should. When the opportunity arises for us to get away and go to dinner we look forward to the occasion. Being a beaches resident, we have tried just about every restaurant within 20 minutes. So,… Read More »

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Kudos to the risk takers

I might be one of the rare few that enjoy meeting new people. Just like an undiscovered book, everyone has a story. Nearly everyone has faced some type of adversity, chance meetings, tragedy, luck and successes. Of course, attitude probably has the most influence over someone’s life and business events. One of my go-to questions… Read More »

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Stop Chasing Work-Life Balance

I remember reading articles and talking to coworkers 15 years ago about having the right “work-life balance.” In a nutshell, the “work-life balance” of yesteryear was rooted in knowing when to stop concentrating on work so that you don’t miss life’s special moments, which kept things in perspective. Some of us did this better than… Read More »

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Still a mess but innovators to the rescue

Few things can frustrate business owners more than the topic of healthcare insurance. We have had nearly 200 years to figure this out in some capacity and it seems like we are no closer to a solution than we were pre-ACA. Our old system was broken and our new system is broken. It’s such a… Read More »

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The two shades of Green

The early adopters among us in this “green” movement have likely already driven electric vehicles and collected rainwater. A few may have even built LEED-certified buildings. The truth is, most of these green initiatives don’t save any money at all. They have largely been done just for the perceived social good—but that is no longer… Read More »

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Embracing Technology

One of my favorite authors is Jim Collins. One of his many iconic business books is “Built to Last. “ In it, he and his team investigate what causes some companies to be a flash in the pan while others last more than 50 years and span multiple generations of leadership. Among other traits, he… Read More »

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What if

Sharon Suggs had a loving husband and a thriving business that had been in the family for more than one generation. Little did she know tragedy was right around the corner. When her husband died too young, her life was turned upside down. Business was the furthest thing from her mind. She had her own… Read More »

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An observation about finding good employees

In interacting with business owners, one of the go-to questions I regularly ask is, ”What is preventing you from moving forward with your plans or expansion?” Nearly every time, the answer I hear is, ”Finding good people.” It is interesting to me that this answer has not changed with the ebbs and flows of our… Read More »

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Beating the odds

Late last year the U.S. Census Bureau reported that for the first time in 30 years, businesses were dying at a faster rate than new ones were being created. Let that sink in for a moment. Though I hope this trend reverses, I’ll leave the solutions to the talking heads on cable. But one thing… Read More »

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Full Circle

This issue causes me to reflect back to when I was approaching graduation from Jacksonville University. I was ambitious and full of energy. I was just missing the direction. I didn’t know what was next. What I did know is that one lucky employer was going to get a heck of an employee! Luckily for… Read More »

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