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Five Tips for Better Business Advice 

Getting the best advice means knowing where the best advice comes from 

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Advisory Boards: Who is Advising You?

You don’t have to be a big builder to have an advisory board.


Mark Richardson: Chess Moves

Today’s great business leaders are masters of thinking several moves ahead. 


Why Starbucks and The Container Store are laughing at you

  Starbucks and The Container Store think you’re a joke. OK… maybe not you specifically. They think your training program is.   Laughable.   Maybe…


The curious case of Mel Tucker: NFL coach, language learner

Mel Tucker is the new Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. In theory, that’s a good gig. Less so when you consider the Bears have had one of…


Closing the sales fulfillment gap: the missing link in Lean

During Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s, France’s decision to not support the U.S. intervention revived an old joke from the World War II era…


Mark Richardson: What is your end game?

Preparing a path for exiting your business calls for defining what you want your destination to be.


You and your signage ... Why so angry?

The beautiful curved pavers led me to the front door, past the unbelievable fire pit patio. The product was impressive. The installation even more so…


Alone in the backfield: 4 ways to prepare for “GameSpeed”

  We were winning by several touchdowns when I got the nod. “Just hand the ball off, stay in bounds, & keep the clock running...”  Those were my…


2 big lessons from Big Tuna’s (Bill Parcells) Hall of Fame speech

  Sometimes numbers alone can tell the story of an organization’s leadership.    Here is the Win/Loss record for the NY Giants:           1964: 2-10-…


Mark Richardson: Are you a professional?

Defining and articulating what is a professional in remodeling or new construction is tougher than in some other industries.

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