Past Issues

Aspire for More


Shawn Kinkade and Chris Steinlage

How Do I Keep My Employees From Running Over Me?

There was a great question posted recently in a Facebook group that’s driven a lot of good discussion. The gist of the question is how to handle employees who are basically running wild – without coming down on them with a lot of rules and oversight. Here are some more details from the question: (more…)

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…)

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…)

Want to Succeed and Scale? Simplify!

I really enjoyed learning physics back in high school and college. You could take a relatively complex situation and predict what would happen. With a few assumptions, some clear laws and principles and some higher end math, you could figure out exactly how far that 10-pound cannonball would fly out of a cannon—or whatever. The situation could be complicated, but it was something you could ultimately understand and predict.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could apply the same kind of thinking towards business success and growth? (more…)

The Risk of Overcorrecting in Your Small Business

In business, we often are tempted to make aggressive corrections when we discover an issue that is affecting output or productivity. A recent experience reminded me that it is better to undercorrect than to overcorrect. I learned how you can totally lose clarity and focus when you overcorrect. (more…)

3 Ways Other People Can Help You Grow Your Business

Most business owners feel like they’re on some kind of island. That their company’s success or failure rides solely on their shoulders—and their shoulders alone. Not only is that wrong, it’s incredibly stressful for most people. It tends to lead to bad decisions and eventually to business failures. (more…)


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