Born Running | Extraordinary Business

As a business leader, when you started your business, you were born running.  It was easy to get up every day and simply make things happen.  You had a vision for where you wanted your business to go, who you wanted to serve and what you expected to happen as a result of your business’s … Read more

Loving the Unlovable | Extraordinary Business

In the military, they were quite point blank – “Straighten up or we’ll get rid of you and find two people to take your place who can do the job better.” Find out what makes them tick…and wind their clock. Option number 1 requires no investment in the person.  However, you’ve got to be committed … Read more

Pondering Pollen | Extraordinary Business

In Atlanta, like other cities, from March until the end of April, we are faced with one of the most debilitating repertory inhibitors: Pollen.  The pollen begins to fall, from everywhere, like a light snow, covering everything with yellow dust.  While many of us celebrate the arrival of spring, many more suffer from the onslaught … Read more

Eat or Be Eaten | Extraordinary Business

Is it an enemy?    Could this be a threat?  Should we RUN?!?!  The split-second decision path often keeps it out of the paws of would-be predators. In elementary school, they call that ADD.  In the business world, we call that being savvy.  It is what can make the difference in the success or failure of … Read more

Striped Horses | Extraordinary Business

Who are you, really, and what will you do about it? My wife and I were discussing the way people dress in life and the difference between those that dress authentically – the way that they feel and the way they want the world to perceive them – and those that dress, well, corporately, or … Read more

Falling Down | Extraordinary Business:

A Japanese proverb says, “Fall down six times, get up seven.”  While we don’t always talk about the endurance it takes to run a business, and the chaotic environment in which we try to exist, it is important for us as business leaders to look at things for what they are: challenges to overcome. Overcoming … Read more

Jump Off the Bridge! | Extraordinary Business

no vision.  He could have been the poster boy for, “if your friends wanted to jump off a bridge…” Excellent leaders build excellent visions for their companies.  They decide where the company is going to go and what it will “look like” when it gets there.  It is a thought-out vision that comes from  the … Read more

Green Eggs and Ham | Extraordinary Business

Dr. Seuss wrote a book called, “Green Eggs and Ham.”  In the first few pages of the book, an elderly gentlebeast is sitting quietly while a younger gentlebeast runs by, quickly, first with a sign that says, “I am Sam.”  Then, he returns with another that says, “Sam I am.” Now, the elderly gentlebeast does … Read more

The Right Tools for the Job | Extraordinary Business

As restaurant chef said to me once, “it’s a poor chef that blames his failure on his tools.”  While this may be true, I suspect that the better the tools, the more they could get done with a greater likelihood of consistency. As a business leader, in any industry, I am certain that you can … Read more

Asleep at the Wheel | Extraordinary Business

too quiet. You can’t help but excuse the place, “Well, I am here just to pick up a widget or two,” knowing that if there was another place you could get it, you would be there in a heartbeat.  Nonetheless, out of curiosity, you begin looking for the management, and you see a slightly disheveled … Read more