You Don’t Need Another New Idea

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You don’t need to rush out and read every new book with every hot, new idea. Bouncing from one idea to the next, never fully integrating what you’ve already read isn’t going to help you produce better results. You don’t need to attend another seminar searching for one new … [Read more...]

What I Have Come to Believe About Leadership

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Over time, you learn from watching leaders and from leading your own teams. You see things differently at different times, and if you pay attention, you make new distinctions. You see new patterns. Here are four beliefs about leadership that I have developed over the years. I … [Read more...]

Be Curious

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The exceptionally smart people I know are also exceptionally curious. They are always hunting for and exploring new ideas. One of the first questions the curious will ask you is what you are reading. See my friend Jack Malcolm, and I dare you try to keep up with his voracious … [Read more...]

Losses Due to Lack of Consensus

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Lately I am seeing more and more salespeople lose opportunities because they don’t have the support of the necessary stakeholders. Here's two ideas to prevent this from putting an opportunity in your loss column. Authority In some cases they don’t have authority. Even though … [Read more...]

Value Creator’s Code: 100% Brand Equity

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Not so long ago, call it right after World War II, a bargain was struck. You would trade 47 years of your life for a salary, healthcare, and a pension plan. At some point in time this bargain fell apart. It wasn’t broken all at once. It deteriorated over time, maybe starting in … [Read more...]

Guess Who Else Has Insight?

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You have insights that you are dying to share with your dream clients. You know that these insights can make a difference for your clients. But guess who else has insights? That’s right; you’re clients have insights of their own. Many of your clients will not have been sitting … [Read more...]

Chops – How to Get Some

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You want your dream clients to find you interesting, insightful, and compelling. You want them to recognize that you are the value (or a very big part of it). You want to be Mr. Trusted Advisor or Ms. Consultative Salesperson. If you’re going to be this for your dream clients, … [Read more...]

Work On the Business Instead of In the Business

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As a leader, you are so mired down with work that there isn’t any hope of every truly being caught up. You can delegate and defer to your hearts delight, but the demands are unrelenting. It can feel like every time you get one activity that needs your attention under control it’s … [Read more...]

Ideas Are Worthless. Execution Is Priceless.

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Some time ago I offered a program that I created to the people who receive my newsletter. A lot of people signed up. Some sent me notes explaining why they couldn’t sign up at that time. But I found one email in particular to be most interesting. The person that wrote the email … [Read more...]

All Problems Are People Problems

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All problems are really people problems. To make the case that all problems are people problems, let’s tackle the biggest people problem first. Let’s say a company’s overall strategy is broken. Well, that doesn’t sound like a people problem at all, does it? But it is a people … [Read more...]

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