Monthly Archives: March 2019

Balance

Back in the 1980s I was working third shift on an assembly line. One night one of the supervisors was telling me how difficult his job was becoming. He had been a former shop worker like me but had accepted … Continue reading

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Finding new avenues of marketing

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net The go-to advertising for most auctioneers is auctionzip.com. A couple of years ago it did not cost anything to place your auction on that site. They made their money through advertising and upgrades. Suddenly, they announced that it would … Continue reading

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The right mindset for a small business owner

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net I recently finished a powerful book written by Rabbi Daniel Lapin called Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money.  Lapin is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who has spent many years studying the qualities that have made Jewish people excel … Continue reading

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Passion produces profits

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net   It amazes me how poor customer service is at many places where I do business.  Employees will stop waiting on a customer to talk to someone who has called them on the phone.  When you ask where some … Continue reading

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Character and Leadership

 FreeDigitalPhotos.net There are two things required of someone who seeks leadership:  competence and character.  While both are important the character of a person is often a better predictor of long term success than competence.  Robert Clinton, professor of leadership at … Continue reading

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Everyone is self-employed

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net 1966 was a big year for me. I graduated from high school in May. I went to work in a factory the day after my 18th birthday in August, and in October of that year my wife … Continue reading

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Don’t treat everyone the same

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net   I know the title of this post must seem like blasphemy to some. In our politically correct, everyone gets a participation trophy world in which we live everyone expects to be treated alike. Some of our … Continue reading

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You must first develop the leader within you

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net   In my e-book Mistakes: Avoiding the Wrong Decisions that Will Close Your Small Business I discuss numerous mistakes I made running our small company.  Although I learned a lot from those mistakes, there were enough of them that … Continue reading

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Going From Here to There

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net In both my ministry and my business writings I often emphasize the importance of vision.  Without a vision of a preferred future for your business or your life you are merely drifting along hoping that somehow something good will … Continue reading

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If it ain’t broke…break it.

 FreeDigitalPhotos.net Many of us have heard all our lives  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  It was a warning that messing with something that was working well might create more problems than it was worth.  That may have been good … Continue reading

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