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  • Whether at launch, growth, or transition stages, companies who want to make meaningful change face complex challenges.

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  • What comes to mind when you think of the word “branding?” If you immediately thought of impactful logos, curated fonts and recognizable color pallets you’re not wrong.

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  • If running has taught me anything, it’s that I hate starting over. I’m an avid runner and for years I’ve been lacing up my shoes with the pain of struggling up that first hill in the back of my mind.

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  • In a world of change and volatility, today’s leaders are expected to understand and engage in a broader set of global issues. And what better way to broaden your horizons than diving into a new book?

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  • “What do you do?” This is one of the most common questions people ask when they meet someone new.  What if the question became: “do you love what you do?”

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  • “Am I making enough sales to fuel my growth?” This is one of the most common questions startup founders and entrepreneurs ask themselves when growing a new venture.

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  • It goes without saying that knowing your customers is a crucial part of scaling a successful business. You know by now that you can’t paint every prospective buyer with the same brush...

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  • When Groucho Marx famously said, “I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would accept me as one of its members,” he likely didn’t intend to touch on one of the most prevalent issues in entrepreneurship.

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  • What do brands like Dove, Patagonia, IKEA and REI have in common? They are purpose-driven.

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  • Even the most successful business leaders have flaws. We’re only human, after all. What sets the great leaders apart from the pack is their ability to recognize these weaknesses. Of course, this level of self-awareness doesn’t come easily.

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  • The fastest athlete in the world, also known as Usain Bolt, knows that one day someone will break his record. It will become harder for him to compete with younger and quicker rivals. Even Bolt broke the last record holder for the 100m.

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  • “There is a big difference between being an organization with a vision statement and becoming a truly visionary organization,” writes author Jim Collins in his article Aligning Action and Values.

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  • Making swift, courageous decisions and leading by example… that’s the essence of leadership. In theory, the ideal leader must have infinite flexibility to adapt their leadership style according to the situation and Associate needs.

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  • Far too often I hear clients (and prospects) tell us: “If I didn’t have to spend so much time explaining what we do, we could spend more time finding solutions and increase our sales”

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  • Brands are putting a greater emphasis on building emotional relationships with consumers. “It’s powerful and it works,” says branding consultant Jim Stengel, former CMO of P&G and author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies.

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  • Pricing your product or service is one of the most important (and difficult—let’s not sugar coat it) decisions you’ll make as a business owner. The pricing model you choose will impact virtually every part of your business. Most importantly, your customers. Your pricing needs to reflect the cost to create your product or service, your […]

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  • We’re living and working in a time of astounding technological change. The information revolution is causing massive disruption. This change brings an equal level of both risk and opportunity.

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  • You’ve started a business, and it’s beginning to gain some traction. It’s a great idea — early reaction from friends, family and peers has been entirely positive. Your sales forecast looks promising — and now you want to take your product or service to the next level.

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  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly,” Robert F. Kennedy once said. It’s a lesson we are reminded of often, yet consistently struggle to implement in business. Failure is a valuable – and necessary – step to fostering a culture of innovation.

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  • There are some TV characters we begin to love and cheer for over the years. Daryl Dixon from “The Walking Dead” is one of them. His greasy hair and his humble attitude make as lovable as any character in television history.

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  • Businesses are often focused on delivering their product, dismissing “branding” as a lofty goal best left to large corporations. We often see this in clients who misconstrue what a brand is, believing their brand is something identifiable, such as a logo or tagline.

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  • Family businesses can be incredibly rewarding, as they often allow family members to earn a very good living for their families, as well as allow ownership to share in the sense of accomplishment of hopefully growing the business together and passing it on to future generations.

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