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In 2020, there were over 50,000 authors and writers in the United States. With the emergence of online book sales, there’s been a paradigm shift in the publishing industry creating a growing number of self-publishing authors who are taking advantage of the opportunity to get their book out into the market. That said, while getting your book published is a worthy accomplishment in and of itself, making the right publishing choice can be the difference between having a successful book and not. And by success, I mean avoiding the unfortunate, but the all too common predicament of losing money on your book publishing process. 


The veracity and transmissibility of COVID-19 vary depending on several key factors including the environment, duration in the environment, number of people, and ability to safely distance. Most P.O.W. leaders are sort of loosely following the general guidance provided by government agencies but not understanding how the underlying data can shape the decisions that deal with reopening. While there are many things about the novel coronavirus that we do not know, that is no excuse to ignore or not seek to understand what we do know. Frankly, the stakes are too high not to press for every piece of available information to ensure all parishioners are as safe as possible. 


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As we embark on a new year and the meter resets to zero, hence follows the annual ritual of setting new year’s resolutions and goals. We’re all too familiar with the annual goals of losing weight, making more money, becoming more involved in our communities, and the list goes on. But we also recognize that most people lose focus on their new year's aspirations after only a few weeks of effort. We've all seen it...the inevitable influx of people joining the gym in January, then they disappear by March! This begs the question: How do you stick to your goals even through the inevitable challenges that will arise throughout the journey? In the old days, the answer usually included terms like: hard work, determination, persistence, passion, effort, or stick-to-it-ness. But the new trending word is: grit.

 In recent years, we are seeing an ever-concerning erosion of objective truth largely at the hands of certain public figures who have taken political spin to a new and very dark place.

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One of the things that really annoys me is when pundits characterize these fast-talking characters who spew out words a hundred miles a minute, by calling them “great” or “successful” businesspeople. These descriptions often follow video of the subject glazing over facts and casually dismissing objective questions or counter arguments. They just barrel ahead full speed, spitting out rhetoric with such conviction, that the casual observer is at best, easily persuaded—or at the very least, very confused by what they’re observing.



With the turn of a new year comes time for reflection and optimism for the coming year. For business leaders who depend on selling, no matter how well or how poorly you did in the past – the scoreboard resets to zero. While most of us can figure out generally how much revenue we need in a given year, intimately knowing the full picture of your numbers can be much more of a challenge. That said, the most successful owners tend to think through their business plan figuring out not just the “how” but the “how many.” They not only know their numbers, they understand them - well. 

The following story derives from conversations with "Pat," a sales team member, after our several interactions with a customer in the medical equipment industry. Given Pat’s impressive selling expertise, I decided to probe his thinking after each sales call we made together in order to gain insights on why he reacted in certain ways.


When coaching business leaders, one of the most common challenges they face is the dilemma of how to make the right decision in a timely fashion. Most often business owners and managers default to the side of trying to make the most accurate and correct decision. As a result, they take careful, deliberate steps for most or all important decisions which of course means the decision will take much longer before it is rendered.




The greatness of a coach, whether sports or in business, is that they can take you farther than you can otherwise take yourself.


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Becoming a great leader takes more than just years of experience or special abilities, it requires clarity on what type of leader you want to be and a proactive plan to get there faster.

Many small business owners often assume that leadership acumen is reserved for C-level corporate executives who oversee large enterprises and hundreds of millions of dollars of capital. But a closer look at the core of successful leaders reveals three essentials that they all possess.

I like to refer to these essentials as the Big Sexys-core leadership attributes that are most responsible for highly successful outcomes.


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