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The Power of Patience

If you attend a Kansas City Royals game, touring the Royals Hall of Fame is a must, especially if you’ve never been.

Besides seeing the two World Series trophies and all the cool memorabilia, be sure to check out the Royals Dugout Theater. It plays an inspiring video that tells the story of the Royals’ transformation and how they became world champions under the current leadership. There are lots of attributes used to describe the process, but one word that struck a chord on a recent visit was patience. (more…)

The Basics of Growth Hacking — and What it Means for Your Online Business

What is growth hacking? Many business owners and entrepreneurs aspire to be growth hackers, but the term’s meaning has lost precision since it was first used seven years ago. Like “bandwidth,” the word “hacking” has mainstreamed into popular culture and is often used to describe a shortcut in food, fashion and life in general. Growth hacking a business is not an easily duplicated process or a quick fix. As Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Paul Singh noted in 2016 at a 1 Million Cups meeting in Kansas City, “Everyone wants to read about growth hacking… [but] by the time the growth hacker actually writes the growth hack out, there’s no yield anymore.” (more…)

From Expert to Owner: Letting Go of Your Specialist’s Role

I recently met a friend for lunch to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her corporate event planning business. Reese started her businesses from a home office after five years with a Fortune 500 company. Today, she has nine employees and eight-figure annual revenues. As we discussed the peaks and the dips of her decade in business, she remarked, “I will always remember you telling me ’It may not be the way you would do it, but as long as you get the results you want, let your employees do their work.’ That was one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.” (more…)

Do You Self-Sabotage Your Business?

 

Is self-sabotage holding your small business back?

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” It’s a thought-provoking question that is usually credited to the late evangelist Robert Schuller. Many others have used a version of it. It was the opening question from Regina Dugan, former director of DARPA, in a great TED Talk several years ago. (more…)


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