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Who Are We and What Should We Do Next? SWOT Your Business!!

by Rick Meekins

“Know thyself,” says Socrates. “To thine own self be true,” quotes the Bible. Do you know yourself? Do you know your business? Where your business fits into the marketplace is one of the most overwhelming yet most important evaluations you can make in your business. Are you a market leader? Are you slowly (or quickly!) losing market share? What new policies could result in costs…

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Mar
2008
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Life and Business Change…Adapt or Get Out!

by Rick Meekins

The changes we have seen across the country in the past few years have put Americans, as a whole, in a state of concern. The price of gas is skyrocketing and approaching a new high, the value of the dollar in plunging, mortgage foreclosure rates are defined as “crises” and on and on. On top of that, we have the media stirring up a frenzy…

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Mar
2008
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Is There Room for Me?

by Rick Meekins

Do you know how may new businesses open up each month in the state of Georgia? How about in your county? In your city? How many of them will be vying for the same clients you are? Would this be valuable information? I am certain it is. You need to know this information like you know those who are closest to you. This is how…

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Mar
2008
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Call of the Entrepreneur

by Rick Meekins

Take a look…what do you think? What is it that drives us to do what we do? Is it pride? Is it greed? Is it narcisism? Businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, be them big or small. We all contribute to the success and growth of life as we know it, from the rice paddy grower to the T-Mobiles of the world. Without those…

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Mar
2008
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Good HR really can improve performance

by Rick Meekins

Good HR really can improve performance Human resources (HR) often takes a lot of flak from managers for being up its own ivory tower – often with some justification. But, as a new British report suggests that firms with a comprehensive approach to people management report higher profits per employee, profit margins and productivity, do we need to start being nice to our personnel function…

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Feb
2008
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In a Hobbling Life, Where Can You Glide?

by Rick Meekins

In a Hobbling Life, Where Can You Glide? For your pondering pleasure – word count 709 – reading time five minutes by Ann Starrette © January, 2008 Dormant gifts burst with life in right habitat. Continually I hear people of all ages, races and faiths crying out to God, “Show me the way. Tell me what it is You want me to do. Write it…

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Jan
2008
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Desperation, Decisions and the Chicken Who Wanted to Fly

by Rick Meekins

Desperation, Decisions and the Chicken Who Wanted to Fly. Talk about strange. Chickens can’t fly. However, in a situation where they feel desperate, they might make the decision to try. Heck, they are birds, right? They see other birds flying. But they can’t. They all come crashing to the ground…over and over, possibly thinking that, hey…maybe next time things will be different. While working with…

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Jan
2008
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Get Grounded!!

by Rick Meekins

What happened? You started your business with a great vision of what you wanted to do and a rough idea of how you would do it. You got a plan or direction for how you would get into business, who your customers would be, the amount of money you would make and how things would be. Six months later, your reality isn’t what you envisioned:…

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Dec
2007
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Take a Vacation!! – From IMC USA

by Rick Meekins

Taking a vacation can do wonders for you and your consulting practice. Consultants often get so caught up in the day to day responsibilities of maintaining and building of a successful practice that they forget to take the much- needed opportunity to relax, recharge and regroup. Taking regularly scheduled vacations can help us to avoid burn-out and reduce stress, get reconnected with our family and…

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Dec
2007
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A New Year is Approaching. Do You Know Where Your Business Is?

by Rick Meekins

What is your business strategy? For that matter, what is a strategy? How often do you go back and look at it? How often do you work on the goals that are going to help you achieve that strategy? Your strategy is your plan for accomplishing a particular goal vision. If you have a restaurant, for example, a particular strategy you might work on is…

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Dec
2007
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You Can't MAKE Time, You've Got to TAKE IT!!

by Rick Meekins

You Can’t MAKE Time, You’ve Got to TAKE IT!! By Rick MeekinsPrincipal AdvisorAepiphanni Business Solutions 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…

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Nov
2007
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No Beliefs in Business, and Other False Truths

by Rick Meekins

Have you ever heard someone say that personal beliefs and belief systems have no place in the professional workplace? The suggestion is that someone’s beliefs can get in the way of business and productivity. However, modern conversations have been about wholeness, work-life balance and self expression. It seems like there are two competing trains of thought that should be further investigated. Consider the changing workforce,…

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Oct
2007
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Is Your Website Earning its Paycheck?

by Rick Meekins

Millions of companies across the world have created beautiful websites with great tools and information that they want to be their “number one sales person,” and are waiting for customers to beat a path to their door. Unfortunately, this isn’t the Field of Dreams. Your website is like any other resource you employ; it takes time, money and development in order to stay productive and…

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Oct
2007
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What are the Biggest and Toughest Challenges One Faces when Starting a Small Business

by Rick Meekins

I might suggest that the biggest and toughest challenges when creating a startup depends on your current personality type and resources, which seams to sum up to me as being the ability to organize and stay organized. I am, of course, speaking from my own experiences when opening my own companies, and helping clients with opening theirs. Organization falls into all areas of opening a…

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Oct
2007
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Okay…my site has LOTS of traffic…now SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!

by Rick Meekins

The short and sweet of it…WEBSITE CONVERSION. Yep…that is what we are looking at and talking about when you want to actually make some money off of the website you’ve spent so much money on to do everything in the world but fry eggs. Or, for that matter, for the one-page site that you are using to promote whatever product or service you are selling,…

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Sep
2007
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What the HECK is VISION, and How Much Will it COST Me?

by Rick Meekins

What the Heck is a Vision, and How Much Will it Cost Me? Your vision talks about where you want to go, or what you want your company to be when it grows up. It is the answer to that question people ask, “What do you do?” It is the foresight that your company needs to stay on course. Your vision is a key component…

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Sep
2007
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