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Getting to the Top | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Many business leaders go into business with the intention – every intention – of making it big and being at the top of their industry.  They get out and create and hustle their wares, researching and using every rainmaker strategy to get their business from its lackluster startup state to the money-making retirement ship to sale into the horizon. Consider for a moment – if…

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May
2010
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Loving the Unlovable | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

As a business leader, have you ever had an employee or associate that absolutely grates on your nerves?  It’s that associate who gives you a headache as soon as he or she walks into the room.  It’s that person that seems to know that they do get to you and strives to ensure that each day, their personal mission is to push you over the…

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May
2010
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Carving the Elephant | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Q: “How do you carve an elephant?”  A:  “First, get a block of marble and then remove everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.” In conversations with many business owners, I often get the impression that there seems to be some confusion about what they are selling and who they are selling to.  While that seems rather silly, if you think about it, why do…

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May
2010
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Pondering Pollen | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

In Atlanta, like other cities, from March until the end of April, we are faced with one of the most debilitating repertory inhibitors: Pollen.  The pollen begins to fall, from everywhere, like a light snow, covering everything with yellow dust.  While many of us celebrate the arrival of spring, many more suffer from the onslaught of a seemingly useless enemy. Like the pollen in our…

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Apr
2010
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Eat or Be Eaten | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Someone once said that fear is what keeps deer alive.  If a deer senses a minute change in their environment, they immediately drop what they are doing to observe the change.  It is wondering: Is it an enemy?    Could this be a threat?  Should we RUN?!?!  The split-second decision path often keeps it out of the paws of would-be predators. In elementary school, they call…

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Apr
2010
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Striped Horses | Extraordinary Business
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Striped Horses | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Who are you, really, and what will you do about it? My wife and I were discussing the way people dress in life and the difference between those that dress authentically – the way that they feel and the way they want the world to perceive them – and those that dress, well, corporately, or the way that postulates the job they have or the…

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Apr
2010
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1+5=25 | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

In the past, I’ve been a big proponent of doing my taxes myself, but found this year that I wanted to outsource them  Having worked with a number of bookkeepers in the area, I knew what I was looking for – someone who could increase my ability to do what I need to do, without costing more than what makes sense. I found that while…

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Apr
2010
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Falling Down | Extraordinary Business:

by Rick Meekins

A Japanese proverb says, “Fall down six times, get up seven.”  While we don’t always talk about the endurance it takes to run a business, and the chaotic environment in which we try to exist, it is important for us as business leaders to look at things for what they are: challenges to overcome. Overcoming is a choice.  We’ve overcome economies, employees quitting, irate customers,…

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Apr
2010
in Management and Leadership

Jump Off the Bridge! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Forrest Gump, the Robert Zemeckis character from the film of the same name, got up one morning and started to run.  He reached the edge of his property and continued to run.  He reached the edge of his city, his count and his state and continued to run.  People choraled around him as he covered mile after mile after mile, not quite knowing why, but…

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Apr
2010
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Green Eggs and Ham | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Dr. Seuss wrote a book called, “Green Eggs and Ham.”  In the first few pages of the book, an elderly gentlebeast is sitting quietly while a younger gentlebeast runs by, quickly, first with a sign that says, “I am Sam.”  Then, he returns with another that says, “Sam I am.” Now, the elderly gentlebeast does not seem to be pleased by Sam’s youth and energy. …

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Apr
2010
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Dying Daily | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Extraordinary business leaders sacrifice, daily, to do what needs to be done I remember hearing many, many stories about “self-made men,” and the time and energy they put into making their organization.  They talk about things like, “blood, sweat and tears,” and “decimating the competition” and that sort of thing.  Some mention luck or “the alignment of the stars,” and on and on. Building an…

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Apr
2010
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Sustainable Communities | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

One of the mistakes that many business owners make is that they focus most if not all of their energy on the sale. They push and push and push – advertising, newsletters, webinars, talks, etc, down the throats of would be buyers, making the marketplace a virtual cutthroat alley where few dare to enter. The problem with high-pressure sales is that the sales are often…

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Mar
2010
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Eat That Elephant!! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time. Of course, there are a million other witticisms that are added to the old adage, but the point is still the same.  If you try to take on elephant-sized goals all at once, they will immediately appear unappetizing.  However, if you look at those same elephant-sized goals as a series of smaller goals, you…

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Mar
2010
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The Right Tools for the Job | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

As restaurant chef said to me once, “it’s a poor chef that blames his failure on his tools.”  While this may be true, I suspect that the better the tools, the more they could get done with a greater likelihood of consistency. As a business leader, in any industry, I am certain that you can create custom tools for every client you have.  Perhaps you…

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Mar
2010
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Getting the Word to the Masses | Extraordinary Business:

by Rick Meekins

My wife and I recently bred puppies and sold puppies.  An incredible experience with lots of hard work, dedication and cleaning.  When the puppies were ready to be sold, for some reason, we approached it with, “if we build it, they will come” mentality.  It took much longer than we expected to sell any, despite the fact that they are cute, fun, purebred and the…

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Mar
2010
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Asleep at the Wheel | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Have you ever walked into an establishment and felt like you were interrupting the employees from doing…nothing.  The place might be clean, even sterile, the lights adequate, but not quite bright, and the customers in the place quiet, too quiet. You can’t help but excuse the place, “Well, I am here just to pick up a widget or two,” knowing that if there was another…

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Mar
2010
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