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10 Strategic Planning Mistakes CEOs Make | Extraordinary Business

There is no doubt CEOs have more on their plate than anyone else in the company; however, passionate and dedicated leaders always keep strategic planning a top priority. It is the lifeblood of any organization that needs to propel into the future. Let us go over 10 strategic planning pitfalls CEOs are susceptible to making.

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Thought Leadership's Journey to Brand Awareness | Extraordinary Business

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In the last two articles, ‘Importance of Thought Leadership for Corporate Growth’ and ‘Your Company’s Thought Leadership Has Eluded Business Development Success’, we focused on thought leadership. We talked about the importance of thought leadership for corporate growth, while also looking into factors in which a company might miss out on the benefits of thought leadership. In this article, we’ll discuss the connection between thought leadership and brand awareness.
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Productivity | Extraordinary Business

Digging Yourself into a non-productivity hole. Poor productivity is one of the biggest time-wasters small business leaders face.  Whether spending time on Social Media or other non-productive activities, all of these things take time and money out of our day.  While there are the normal “time wasters” that we might use as down time or to recharge, there are those things that we do to waste time that we don’t even pay attention to.

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Challenge Everything | Extraordinary Business

There is a video game company called EA (Electronic Arts – http://www.ea.com/) that used to use the tagline “Challenge Everything.”  As one who, at times, must question the natural order of things, this tag immediately appealed to me.  Many of my clients often hear the question of, “Why?” when they propose ideas.  The goal isn’t to belittle the idea or thought, but rather, to make sure that the idea is completely thought out.

As business leaders, we nee to understand and question everything around our businesses.  As someone said to me, once, “You need to inspect what you expect.”  Even if we feel like we understand certain things, or that certain things appear to be part of the natural order, understanding “why” something is done will often serve to ensure that the product or service or idea does have merits and has been completely thought out. 

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Lower Your Standards! | Extraordinary Business

Aim low and you’ll never be disappointed.

Sleeping or Working?It was interesting – I was listening to a parenting professional on the radio this morning, who was saying something to the effect of not putting so much emphasis on re-enforcing the standards that our parents place on us, and going with whatever feels good.  While it may not have been her intention, I what I took from this was that, as parents, we shouldn’t push our children to be the best that they can be, we shouldn’t teach them our standards, that have probably been passed down several generations and the children will turn out to be just fine – balanced, happy, hard-working citizens that stand for truth, justice and the American way.
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Lower Your Standards! | Extraordinary Business

Aim low and you’ll never be disappointed.

Sleeping or Working?It was interesting – I was listening to a parenting professional on the radio this morning, who was saying something to the effect of not putting so much emphasis on re-enforcing the standards that our parents place on us, and going with whatever feels good.  While it may not have been her intention, I what I took from this was that, as parents, we shouldn’t push our children to be the best that they can be, we shouldn’t teach them our standards, that have probably been passed down several generations and the children will turn out to be just fine – balanced, happy, hard-working citizens that stand for truth, justice and the American way.

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NOT MY FAULT!!| Extraordinary Business

As a business consultant, I have the opportunity to work with a lot of business leaders as they navigate their ways through the marketplace.  I’ve got to admit: I am addicted to helping them fulfill their company visions, and thus, make myself available to answer questions and talk through challenges.Being accountable for Accidents

One thing I have encountered a number of times is the difficulty that exists around taking responsibility for certain issues that occur in and around the business.  Granted – there are things, perhaps a number of things that lie outside the realm of a provider’s control.  Here’s an example of what I mean:

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Extraordinary Business | John Spence: Survive and Thrive in 2011

John Spence has produced another great video on some tips to survive in 2011.  He discusses several tips on how to keep your business surviving and thriving despite the lackluster current and immediate future performance of the economy.  As business leaders, valuable tips such as these need to be heard and followed.  Make sure you’ve got something to write them down on.  Again, this is an important video for all business leaders, regardless of the size of your business.  Plan to go Extraordinary.

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