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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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Cash is a Tool… | Extraordinary Investing

by Rick Meekins

As a business leader, one of the decisions that you will continually have in front of you is how to make the best use of the cash resources you have.  If your business is one where there is a lot of business going into and out of the business, such as in a restaurant or manufacturing, your goal is probably to get the best price…

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Mar
2010
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A House Divided | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Have you ever worked for an employer or known other business owners who acted as though they were the expert on everything that happened in the business?  Do you remember or notice how the employees felt: that they were expendable, that they didn’t count, and they really didn’t care about the job – it was just a job?  They did not share the same vision,…

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Mar
2010
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Life Cycle: Existence | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

“You can’t get where you want to go unless you know where you are starting!” Many times, when businesses are started – they just start selling, often missing mundane tasks, such as planning and preparing for growth.  Of course, desperate times call for desperate actions; we work to make money, not to get stuck in, as my friend Ken says, “paralysis of analysis.” Nevertheless, I…

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Mar
2010
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Building Relationships: Communications Strategy | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Your stakeholders are the MVP’s (Most Valuable Players) to your organization.  Without them, you’d have an interesting hobby rather than an organization that you are running.  When we refer to stakeholders, we are talking about anyone or business that stands to gain as a result of the success of your business, including: •    Employees •    Partners •    Investors •    Vendors •    Your community Keeping them…

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Mar
2010
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Strategic Partnerships | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

The first time someone mentions the idea of a strategic partner, I would bet you kind of roll it around in your head, but don’t give it much thought – it feels like giving up part of your business, and that is the LAST thing you want to do. A quick segue – don’t let your ego cause your business to fail. By thinking you…

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Mar
2010
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King of the Hill | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

When we were younger, we used to play a game called “King of the Hill.”  The object of the game was to be the King of the hill, while everyone else you were playing with a) had the same objective and b) wanted to keep you from becoming King of the Hill.  We would struggle and wrestle to get to the top, while pushing opponents…

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Feb
2010
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Taking Time | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

A minister once said to me, “You can’t MAKE time to do something. There is no “extra” time you can run down to the corner and pick up. You have to TAKE time.” Interesting, one of the heroes of the Bible, King David, prayed for the ability to “guard his time so that he might grow in wisdom,” or use his time wisely…so the concept…

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Feb
2010
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It’s Been Done, Before | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

King Solomon, the third King of the Nation of Israel, said that “there is nothing new under the sun.”  It’s all been done before.  Everything is just a reiteration of something that has been done in the past. Just as it was true at the time of Solomon, looking around, you will find that it is just as true, if not truer?  Think about it:…

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Feb
2010
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Wagging the Dog | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

One of the most challenging aspects of running a business is getting everything done.  It seems like the “to-do” list is one that is never ending and always expanding.  Let’s face it: as leaders, we are in constant pursuit of the proverbial “Pot of Gold.” At the same time, we must remain able to make the right decisions, get the right things done, on time…

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Feb
2010
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Muddy Footprints | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

I have two big labs that love to play out in our backyard, which, thanks to them, has more mud then grass.  When they come in the house, of course, their big paws are usually full of mud, so we (less than) gleefully wipe their paws each time when they come in so that they don’t get mud all over our light-colored carpet. If you…

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Feb
2010
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