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Only Nine Months to Go!

by Rick Meekins

So, Spring has arrived. We are moving forward into Q2, and have nothing but time and opportunity ahead of us. Nine months are left in the year. What are you going to do with it? Where do you want to be? Where do you want to go? GETTING IT DONE! Well, when you created your goals, what milestones did you include? There is an article…

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Apr
2008
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Moving Out or Moving Up? – From Steve Marr

by Rick Meekins

Steve Marr’s “Business Proverbs” is a daily newsletter offers sound business advice based on Biblical Beliefs. The newsletter speaks mainly to business leaders, be it business owners or business professionals, regardless of religious beliefs. However, he does use the Christian Bible as a resource and reference for all of his work. Worth a read! As a manager, are you planning for the person who will…

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Apr
2008
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From the Don: 5 Things You Need to Know to Prosper in our Current Business Economy

by Rick Meekins

I am a subscriber to Donald Trump’s “Trump University,” where they offer online coursework in Real Estate and Business. As one of the best branded organizations I am aware of, his brand serves as an ongoing learning opportunity, even without subscribing to the courses. His latest email, “5 Things You Need to Know to Prosper in Our Current Business Economy” really seems to hit home….

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Apr
2008
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A Great Big Bite from Steve Marr

by Rick Meekins

This is a great article that really rings home. As business owners, as entrepreneurs, we have a tendancy to go after the whole shabang instead of taking our time and perfecting things as we go along. I’ve heard cases on both sides of the story – basically, “ready, aim, fire” – but people get stuck in the “aim” stage, doing all kinds of planning and…

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Mar
2008
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Where’s the Love???

by Rick Meekins

Watch a young pair of businesses begin to court…they see each other, and see the way the light shines off the other’s logo…they share secret grins, thinking about the future and how they will grow together. Then, with a signature, they are together…partners! Well…don’t ring the bells and throw the rice just yet. Just as in relationships of the heart, it’s not quite that simple….

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Mar
2008
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Can You Be Any Clearer???

by Rick Meekins

I worked with a gentleman who had a restaurant who just couldn’t seem to draw the type of crowd he wanted to. The food was pretty good, there was a definite ambiance to the place, prices were pretty reasonable, but something just didn’t click. When asked what he thought the problem was, he couldn’t quite get his finger on it. So I asked him what…

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Mar
2008
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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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