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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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Defending Your Home… -Based Business
in Management and Leadership, Risk

Defending Your Home… -Based Business

by Rick Meekins

Tactics to reduce risk of running a home-based business or office While it is relatively easy to set up a home-based business, some of the risk that is involved in starting the business isn’t always taken into consideration. Whether the business is a micro-enterprise, or a larger virtual team with home-based members, as a business leader, you need to consider how you can and will…

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Jul
2013
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The Business Journey | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Management and Leadership

The Business Journey | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Business growth stages, different methods and why you should understand which stage your business is on Businesses typically go through a number of stages throughout their existences, from startup through a “surviving” phase, a bit of a plateau, or even a decline, then, with some effort, the business might reach a point where it is “sustaining,” where things are pretty much under control and the…

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Jul
2013
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Stone Faced | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Management and Leadership

Stone Faced | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How to make sure that you are doing the things it takes to grow your company Growing your company – or any business, requires change. But that change has to enable the company to move toward a specific goal. Beyond creating a strategic plan, doing more marketing, advertising, hiring great people, here are seven things that you have to do: “But this is what we…

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Jun
2013
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Keep Your Hand on the Plough! | Extraordinary Business
in Management, Strategy

Keep Your Hand on the Plough! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

What happens when business leadership splits their attention in the business or doesn’t focus on changes in the marketplace? A wise man once said, “Keep your hand on the plough and remain focused so your rows will be straight and your harvest will be plentiful.” In an agricultural society, this made sense; it was something that farmers could relate to: If they took their hand…

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Jun
2013
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Get to the Bottom of Things! | Extraordinary Business
in Management

Get to the Bottom of Things! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Finding out what is really going on in your business rather than treating the symptoms When you talk about problems you have in your business, would a conversation sound like this?:. You:“Man! This really a terrible business to be in.”Brian: “Why do you say that?“You:““Well, every time we go to do something to grow the business, we are always stuck.”Brian: “Why is that?” You: “Well…cash…

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Jun
2013
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What the Heck? | Extraordinary Business
in Marketing, Product Development, Products and services

What the Heck? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

10 questions to ask to avoid undermining your product marketing activities Recently, I was in the market for a new mobile phone because mine had been stolen. Working through my provider’s website, I was somewhat irritated because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for at a price I was willing to pay. I ended up stopping by the store, just to see what…

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Jun
2013
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Business Growth Strategies | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth, Strategy

Business Growth Strategies | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Thinking about how to grow your business? Take a strategic approach. Have you ever thought about what you want your business to be in the next 10 or 20 years and how you will be involved in it?  Do you have an exit strategy – a strategy that will allow you to successfully exit the business?  Do you see your business as a national or…

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Jun
2013
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What about Me??? | Extraordinary Business
in Business Development, Customer Service, Marketing, Products and services, Voice of the Customer

What about Me??? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How to reach your target audiences effectively in order to create interest in what you are selling My phone was recently stolen while out and about with my family. While a bit disappointed (perhaps distraught and considering filing a missing person’s report), I decided to look at purchasing a new phone. While I am typically not the type of person who jumps on the latest…

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May
2013
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Change Happens | Extraordinary Business
in Business Development

Change Happens | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Spotting marketplace trends that will impact your business in order to develop products and services to address those trends When the weather is bad, have you ever seen the drivers that continue to drive as though they are riding on dry pavement, thoroughly convinced that nothing will happen to them?  Driving through Atlanta on morning as such I saw a car coming up behind me…

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May
2013
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Can Anyone Hear Me? | Extraordinary Business
in Business Development

Can Anyone Hear Me? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Communicating with Your Audience How many emails, newsletters, phone calls, etc. end up in your inbox that you never have any intention of reading? Not even including the newsletters that you have signed up for, emails from people in your network, etc.?  How much does your company contribute to the noise?  How much unproductive time and energy are you spending trying to sort through all…

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May
2013
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