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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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As I reflect on fifty years in business it is clear that the most important decisions I made were about the selection of the people around me.   If you associate with the right people and select the right people for your team you have the highest likelihood of success.  And, of course, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2013 9:34 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Tuesday, 9 July 2013
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I often coach business leaders by saying that “you are always on stage” no matter where you are and what you are doing. The same pertains to all of us all the time so let’s all put our best foot forward.  If you treat a waitress badly or act like a spoiled brat in a store it reflects ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2013 9:32 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013
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When you are in a leadership role it is incumbent on you to set the direction for your team.  You have all heard the old adage that “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” A lack of direction on your part is a sure recipe for a lack of accomplishment.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/19/2013 9:05 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013
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When you are in a leadership role it is incumbent on you to set the direction for your team.  You have all heard the old adage that “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” A lack of direction on your part is a sure recipe for a lack of accomplishment.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/22/2013 10:06 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Thursday, 16 May 2013
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When you are old and gray and look back on your career you will take the most pride in those you helped in their careers.  So try to put coaching on the front burner, not the back burner.  The same principle pertains to your family – spend time coaching your children because they are ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/16/2013 10:01 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Friday, 3 May 2013
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Life at work is full of negotiations with your boss, your employees and your peers over a whole variety of issues – some consequential and some not. In addition we seem to always be in some sort of negotiations with members of our family and particularly those closest to us.   It is ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/03/2013 12:37 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013
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If you are reading this blog you are most likely in a leadership role.  Your position puts you on a pedestal – maybe a small one or maybe a big one - but for sure you do have some clout.  When you speak, people listen, so make sure your words really mean something.  What is the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2013 8:37 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013
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What is your next career step? Do you have a plan? If not, you should build one.  Give it a lot of thought and get started. First decide where you want to be in a few years and then ask yourself what you need to do to get there. That thinking should lead to a preliminary plan. Next talk to someone ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/10/2013 9:10 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Tuesday, 2 April 2013
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I know how often employees get frustrated with the boss. “What is the matter with him? What was she thinking? That’s stupid.” We have all heard and probably said similar things from time to time with the assumption that the boss is doing things we think are stupid. Hold on. No boss ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2013 9:32 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Thursday, 28 March 2013
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I used to think “stick with facts” and you will make the best decisions. Then early in my career I had a real wake-up call when I hired the “perfect candidate” for a position and it wall went in flames a month or so later.  My instincts said this was not a fit but the facts ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2013 9:30 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Thursday, 21 March 2013
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Your attitude defines you in the eyes of everyone who comes in contact with you. A positive attitude projects a healthy view of you. A bad attitude says “stay away from that guy.”  These words are just basic common sense. So, how do you measure up? Do have bad days and send negative ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2013 1:31 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Tuesday, 19 March 2013
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I remember a story my friend Joe Calloway told during a motivational speech to Tractor Supply store managers many years ago.  Joe was challenging the group to network, get engaged and generally get out of your shell. He made the point that there is so much to be learned from simply talking to other ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2013 1:29 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
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The first time you lay eyes on a new face you form an immediate impression based on what you see. Overall appearance, cleanliness, dress, hair, facial expression, etc. sends data to your brain that is translated into a conclusion about this new face.  Certain observations may be an immediate turn ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2013 9:03 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Tuesday, 5 March 2013
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Basic economic principles of business pertain equally in your personal life.  Sounds pretty good but we so often hear about professionals who can’t seem to figure out their own finances. Life is not that complicated – If you spend more than you make sooner or later it will catch up ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/05/2013 3:40 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Wednesday, 27 February 2013
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Recently I saw a quote that says “What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”  The quote was attributed to Robert Schuller, but I have heard many people say the same thing in slightly different ways.  It made me think about the reasons some are reluctant ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/27/2013 1:48 PM by Mary Fink
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Monday, 25 February 2013
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There is one type of courage that is lacking at every level of many organizations, and that is the courage to speak up, especially if your position is different from everyone else’s.  Each of us has examples of times when our silence was harmful to the group we were working with, and the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/25/2013 3:47 PM by Mary Fink
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Thursday, 21 February 2013
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We hear a lot today about leaders needing to make tough decisions and have difficult conversations with others, and what it boils down to is the need for more courage in the senior suite.  While it is critical that we nurture relationships and treat people right, it is not treating others right ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2013 10:08 AM by Mary Fink
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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I am sure you have heard you mother say these words to you when you were growing up. It is good advice in business and in your personal life. We all hope that we will not experience that terrible rainy day but the odds are that you very well might, so think ahead. Many businesses try to anticipate ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2013 9:43 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Monday, 11 February 2013
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When I was growing up one of my Dad’s key pieces of advice was “if it is too good to true it probably is not what it appears to be.” Yet it is easy to get persuaded to buy into something that is too good to be true. Turn on the television and listen to those commercials about wonder ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2013 9:34 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Thursday, 7 February 2013
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I once read a book titled “If ain’t broke, break it and make it better.”  The premise was that almost everything can be improved and made better.  If that was easy everyone would do it. Part of the process is looking at issues differently and asking what sometimes sound like ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/07/2013 8:38 AM by Joe Scarlett
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