The Least Every Solopreneur Should Know about Peer Groups By Ray Silverstein One of the most challenging aspects of owning a microbusiness is something you probably never anticipated: loneliness. Whether you’re a solopreneur, contractor, or freelancer, you’re on your own. You don’t have a sounding board or a board of trustees. You have no one

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Are Your Habits Helping or Hurting Your Business? By Ray Silverstein Right now, many of us are wrestling with the personal habits we resolved to break or build back on January 1, like losing weight and giving up smoking. But what about your business habits? Have you given them any thought? Like it or not,

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Most new companies are started by entrepreneurs known as “rainmakers.” “Rainmakers” are those people who feel they can make a difference, are highly competitive, optimistic, need to win, assertive and want to make things happen. Although there are companies started by people with strong technical abilities, the ones that really grow are those driven by

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Does your company have an employee who is hard working, competent and loyal but who does not comply with policies, procedures or “bad-mouths” the organization? If this sounds familiar, you have an “organization destroyer” working for you. These are people who on the surface glitter like a diamond but, if you look closer, have many

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How do you maximize company performance? How do you get your key players and potential stars to perform at the level of their capabilities? In most small businesses, people make the difference. The employee team and their willingness to utilize their skills are the key factors in differentiating your company from its competition. Many managers

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Starbucks And The Habit Of Success—When Willpower Becomes Automatic: Starbucks has succeeded in teaching life skills to its employees,  All new employees spent at least fifty hours in Starbucks classrooms, and dozens more at home with Starbucks’ workbooks and taking to the Starbucks mentors assigned to them. At the core of that education is an

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All of life, is but a mass of habits.  Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not.  They’re habits.  And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.  One paper published

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