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Doing Well? How do you Know? | Extraordinary Business
in Management

Doing Well? How do you Know? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

With the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. “Obamacare” rolling out, business owners and politicians across the country are faced with the question: “How will this affect my business? How much will it cost me?” Realizing that the act will require change, either from compliance or non-compliance, what has to happen in order for you to make a good decision – even to criticize or support it…

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Oct
2013
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Ted Cruz’s Marathon Speech–Strategic Thinking | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

Ted Cruz’s Marathon Speech–Strategic Thinking | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Learn how Senator Ted Cruz leveraged his gifts to gain a strategic foothold and how to apply it to running your company. From watching clips of Ted Cruz’s all night speech, it is clear that Senator Cruz is a committed individual and an incredible speaker. What’s more is that he used his gift as a speaker to pursue a vision that he has. He did…

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Sep
2013
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The Customer, Your Business & Strategic Planning | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy, Voice of the Customer

The Customer, Your Business & Strategic Planning | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Listening to the Voice of the Customer is a vital part of strategic planning The voice of the customer is an essential part of your company’s strategy. Whether looking at expanding into other markets, enhancing or broadening your offerings, or restructuring the business for greater efficiency, without listening, deliberately and regularly to the voice of the customer, and taking their feedback into consideration, you will…

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Sep
2013
What Ails You? | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

What Ails You? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

You know what needs to be done. You know it is keeping you up at night? What is keeping you from taking the next step? A conversation I have had with numerous business owners centers around their interest in getting their companies beyond their present existence, how they don’t have this or that or some other thing  and that they are working far too many…

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Sep
2013
What You Don’t Know About Strategy | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

What You Don’t Know About Strategy | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How ignoring creating a thorough strategic plan could sideline your business As a consultant and business blogger, I see the term “strategy” and “strategic planning” getting thrown around like rice at a wedding. Thankfully, there are many competent consultants that can speak to strategy and strategic planning and deliver on services extremely well. My fear, however, is that there are many business owners that think…

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Sep
2013
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Strategic Positioning–Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

Strategic Positioning–Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

When considering a strategy for a company, one of the things that every leader must understand is the difference between short-term and long-term thinking. Short term thinking or a short-term vision is based on the way things are right now, and may be the best decision or type of decision for the moment. In the analogy of the farmer, that would be equivalent to seeing that you have a bad crop and not taking it to market.

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Sep
2013
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Sun Tzu and “The Art of Small Business”
in Team Building

Sun Tzu and “The Art of Small Business”

by Rick Meekins

If you are not familiar with the book “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, it is a book that contains a number of tactics for leaders focused on winning wars. It covers many topics, from readying yourself, mentally, to intimidating your enemy. If not, the image to the right contains a link to the book on Amazon.com. When first approached by Bryan about his…

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Aug
2013
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat! | Extraordinary Business
in Innovation, Team Building

Row, Row, Row Your Boat! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Extending innovation thinking in business design When I started my restaurant a number of years ago, I was committed to doing something that would be different – forward thinking and attractive for potential customers. My challenge was that I didn’t fully look at what my customer would want or how they would want it, but rather, how I wanted the business to look, act and…

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Aug
2013
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Planning for Implosion? | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Management, Risk

Planning for Implosion? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Keeping your company viable by taking a multi-dimensional approach to growing it. Where do you start when your company is planning for growth? Do you look for sales people? Do you start a massive marketing campaign? Do you start a hiring frenzy to get people on board as quickly as possible? Do you plan a huge product launch? Growth at your company can be as…

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Aug
2013
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The Impact of Disorganized Organizations | Extraordinary Business
in Management, Productivity

The Impact of Disorganized Organizations | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

What disorganization might look like in your company and what you can do about it. One of the biggest challenges that I see with businesses revolves around organization, meaning that the businesses the business takes a dartboard approach to managing their tasks and calendar. You might see anything in a disorganized organization, ranging from time management issues to not having processes in place to get…

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Aug
2013
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Measured Steps | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Management, Risk, Strategy

Measured Steps | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

“Who builds a tower without first considering the cost?” ~ King Solomon of Ancient Israel Many people who start businesses simply write down a few ideas, get some information and get started on their businesses. They get some sales, things start to look good, so they start looking at how to increase the amount of business they are getting. They might go out and hire…

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Aug
2013
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Marketplace Leadership | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Management, Strategy

Marketplace Leadership | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Tom feels that any company can reach the top of their marketplace, and feels that part of the problem is that business owners just don’t seem to think so. Of course, I share that belief; this is the very concept behind building an extraordinary business. Many businesses enter the marketplace every day, but it is those that strive to be leaders in their market space that become successful businesses. Otherwise, you are stuck in survival mode.

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Aug
2013
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Do You Know Where Your Articles of Incorporation Are? | Guest Post from Don Fornes
in Business Growth, Risk

Do You Know Where Your Articles of Incorporation Are? | Guest Post from Don Fornes

by Rick Meekins

Document management: knowing what corporate documents you need to keep and a great tool to store them Don Fornes, CEO of Software Advice out of Austin, Texas touches on a topic that falls under the “safety” level of the business hierarchy. The safety level is the level where a business would look at risk in the business and ways to reduce it. As you can…

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Aug
2013
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Stuck in Survival Mode | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Strategy

Stuck in Survival Mode | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Thinking about how to get your business to the next level? Here are a couple of thoughts on how you might do so. If you are like most small business owners, you have built your business over time, adding different products and services to meet the needs of the changing market, changed, explored different business models, ventured into informal partnerships and a slew of other…

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Jul
2013
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