Past Issues

Aspire for More

Shawn Kinkade and Chris Steinlage

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…)

Stop Fighting an Uphill Battle in Your Business

I met with a business owner a few weeks ago who was exhausted. This wasn’t just your common “I’ve had a long couple of days, and I need some sleep” exhausted. This was more like “I have been pushing a huge rock uphill for years, and I can’t take anymore” exhausted. (more…)

Why Your Small Business Needs a Real Competitive Advantage

Imagine a business where you clearly have a competitive advantage. You offer something valuable that others in your industry either won’t or can’t offer. Customers who need or want your service can clearly see what you offer is different and they appreciate that difference—they’re willing to pay a premium for it, and they’re much less likely to shop around. That’s a great place to be. (more…)

Is There a Rembrandt in Your Closet?

Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art announced recently that it had found a 500-year-old painting by Hieronymus Bosch. Maybe that’s not a Rembrandt, but from a value perspective, it’s not far off. In fact, there are only 25 paintings by Bosch on the planet and only five in the United States. The painting, “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” is dated around 1500.  Apparently, it was sort of a by-chance discovery made after some art experts from Bosch’s hometown in the Netherlands noticed the painting in an art catalog from 2003, the last time it had been on display at the Nelson. (more…)

A Great Way to Keep Your Team on Target

One of the secrets to a successful small business is having employees who are aligned with what you’re doing, are engaged and enjoy working with you and your team. We’ve all experienced businesses where the employees are clearly just showing up for the paycheck and don’t care at all about what they’re doing—that’s a business on life support. It’s equally easy to see when employees genuinely like and believe in what they’re doing, and that makes all the difference. (more…)

How to Bust a Blind Spot

I’m pretty sure we all carry around head trash—things that we believe, but that aren’t actually true. Of course, since we believe it, it never crosses our mind that it might not be true. Essentially, it’s a blind spot. (more…)


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