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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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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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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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2010
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Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business:

by Rick Meekins

Charles Du Bois, Literary Critic said, “The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” Right now, your business might be struggling; bills are late, vendors are charging more for less product, customers are starting to spend, but not to the level you need them to.  You are getting more deals, but they…

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Feb
2010
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The People | Extraordinary Business:

by Rick Meekins

Did you ever see a big tough guy moving something large, like a sofa or a washing machine by himself?  Remember watching him struggle with it, if only a little.  Then, when he was ready to set it down, he couldn’t quite set it down as quietly as he might have liked, or when negotiating a doorway, he wasn’t as smooth as it could have…

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Feb
2010
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Extraordinary Business: Keep Moving Forward

by Rick Meekins

Sometimes, we have those days when you can’t help but look around you and say to yourself, “This is ridicules!!” The funny thing is, in fact, that it probably is.  So many things happen that are outside the realm of our control that we cannot possibly plan for every scenario! There’s an Aepiphanni for you.  LOL! At this point, the easiest thing to do, especially…

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Extraordinary Business: Do the Right Thing

by Rick Meekins

As I was sitting at a traffic light, this morning, someone got out of their car, ran up to mine and secured the gas cap and door on my truck.  Later, I saw someone pull off the road and into the grass to help someone change a tire.  Acts of kindness do not go unnoticed.  As a matter of fact, while people might tell a…

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Follow the Crowd or Turn Left | Extraordinary Thinking

by Rick Meekins

There was a guy, once, born around 5 AD who gathered together a group of 12 men from many different walks of life, showed them that they could be more than their occupations, gave them a vision worth dying continues to make an impact on people around the world, today.  He didn’t do this by continuing the status quo.  He didn’t do this by compromising…

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Jan
2010
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Accountability | Extraordinary Leadership

by Rick Meekins

One of the things that drives people to do the right thing is a sense of accountability.  Now that might be accountability to a friend, family member, to God, a spouse, a mentor or even themselves.  Accountability is what gets people up in the morning to do things like go to school, go to work, do household chores or start a business.  Accountability is a…

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Business Strategy: Innovation Process | Extraordinary Leadership

by Rick Meekins

Part of every business’s strategy should be innovation, or the creation, management, evaluation and implementation of ideas.  As a business leader, consider how many ideas you have and how many more ideas you are presented with over the course of a week.  Then consider, how many you don’t get, meaning those that your stakeholders might have, but don’t give you for whatever reason. The reason…

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Jan
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Be Extraordinary…Mind Your Seeds

by Rick Meekins

Starting and growing a business is a lot like growing crops on a farm.  You will get what you plant, assuming you take care of it and have the resources in place for when it is “harvest time,” or when the fruits of your labor present themselves. The challenge that many business owners have is going through the process.  Impatience and lack of focus has…

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Jan
2010
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Planning for Chaos

by Rick Meekins

I was working on a proposal this afternoon when the phone rang.  It was my bookkeeper telling me that we needed to set up a meeting with one of our clients.  In the midst of that call, another client called to ask if I’d had time to review her book.  Finally, my wife called to let me know she was getting off work and was…

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Jan
2010
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No More “What’s Next?”: Simple Process Design | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Processes take the guesswork and delays out of “what happens next?”  This could be in sales, marketing, customer service or any other area of your business that you need to do, repeatedly.  Personal productivity Expert, Peggy Duncan, reminds us that “if you have to do it more than once, you need to create a process for it.”  It’s just that simple. Creating a process isn’t…

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Pitfalls of Poor or Impotent Processes | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Have you ever called a vendor to discuss a simple problem and found that the process took much longer than it should have?  I had that experience, recently, with one of the largest and oldest telecom carriers in the industry. The interesting thing about it is that everyone I spoke with, including the telephone system (IVR or voice mail jail), were quite polite.  Unfortunately, they…

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Jan
2010
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Beware: Overconfidence and The Slippery Slope | Extraordinary Leadership

by Rick Meekins

I remember, as a kid, going to an amusement park in New Jersey called Action Park.  Action Park was a park where you actually had to participate in activities in order to have fun.  For example, they had down-hill toboggans that you had to steer, they had rock climbing, wave pools, cliff diving and inner tube trails.  I think that the only thing you could…

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Jan
2010
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Welcome to 2010

by Rick Meekins

Happy New Year! The title sounds like the ominous beginning to a Science Fiction novel or movie from years gone by.  They probably would have said something about the advances in technology, such as deep space flight, robotics and artificial intelligence and cellular phones.  They would also talk about society – usually in terms of its degradation: World War III, the depletion of the Ozone,…

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