Author: Chris Steinlage

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Improving your business strategy: Are you playing to your strengths?

Maybe it just goes with this time of the year; businesses are reflecting on their past year and refining their plans for the next 12 months. Companies are making assessments on all sorts of things: their product offerings, their current employee teams, if they have people in the right seats, what’s good, what’s bad, or what needs improvement. And as part of those assessments, there’s almost always a discussion around…

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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…

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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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5 Holes That Could Sink Your Scaling Business

What sinks a small fishing boat isn’t always a gaping rupture in the side but a number of smaller, less obvious holes left unchecked. As single holes they have little impact, but combined it is more than the boat can handle to stay afloat.  For businesses trying to scale, a similar progression can occur when issues are left unaddressed, and the result on the business could be the same unfortunate…