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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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The Googler: Eric Schmidt | Everyone Needs a Coach

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, gave an interview to Fortune in which he says, that everyone needs a coach.  In the video, he describes how athletes have coaches and the role of coaches in the lives of the athletes.


CEO Catalyst, Kris Cavanaugh of Shift, Inc., goes on to explain how her clients, many of who are successful business leaders, have become not just effective business leaders, but also, effective people who are able to achieve things in their personal lives that they had previously given up on.

“Similar to how a business is functionally run, its leadership must be in a position to make good decisions and direct the company toward its desired goal. In order for the business to be extraordinary, that leader needs to be at the top of their game, ensuring they can make decisions with confidence; they can drive the company vision without toppling the company values; they can build the support of their stakeholders and focus on building a legacy for their communities. In short, those leaders need to take back control and make it happen.”

An extraordinary business starts with an extraordinary leader.  Be extraordinary.  Find a coach.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium-sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].

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Extraordinary Business: Just Eat It!!

When someone presents a three year old with fresh vegetables, many times, the child will push it around the plate, play with it and perhaps even mash it up.  But more than likely, it won’t make it down the passageway behind the teeth.  Parents, who (typically) understand the nutritional needs of a three year old, have been known to launch into the battle, ultimately telling that three-year-old, “Just Eat It!!”image

Many business leaders take on the same mentality when dealing with their customers and clients.  This could be in customer service, product or service delivery, branding, marketing, networking, etc..  Whatever process is required is created without consideration for the end user, other than having and understanding (or a feeling) that they should buy it, use it, love it, and tell five people.

Obviously, this is not smart business.  As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true.  J. D. Power III, Consumer Reports and other companies have built successful businesses out of helping consumers choose the best product or service for their money.  While many goods and services do fly below their radar, it often takes one bad review to damage a company brand.

Consider this: typical consumers are not screaming three-year-olds – who many parents often give in to.  No matter how much your tell them to “Just Eat It!!” you are fighting a losing battle.

Build an Extraordinary company: Listen to your consumers.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Falling Down | Extraordinary Business:

A Japanese proverb says, “Fall down six times, get up seven.”  While we don’t always talk about the endurance it takes to run a business, and the chaotic environment in which we try to exist, it is important for us as business leaders to look at things for what they are: challenges to overcome.

Overcoming is a choice.  We’ve overcome economies, employees quitting, irate customers, legal challenges, cash flow challenges, and we are still here.  As a matter of fact, we’ll be here tomorrow.  As a business leader, maturity comes when we learn to embrace the challenges and to keep getting up.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Falling Down | Extraordinary Business:

A Japanese proverb says, “Fall down six times, get up seven.”  While we don’t always talk about the endurance it takes to run a business, and the chaotic environment in which we try to exist, it is important for us as business leaders to look at things for what they are: challenges to overcome.

Overcoming is a choice.  We’ve overcome economies, employees quitting, irate customers, legal challenges, cash flow challenges, and we are still here.  As a matter of fact, we’ll be here tomorrow.  As a business leader, maturity comes when we learn to embrace the challenges and to keep getting up.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Eat That Elephant!! | Extraordinary Business

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 can begin to look at success.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Eat That Elephant!! | Extraordinary Business

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 can begin to look at success.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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