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It May Be a Flat World BUT Flat in Business is Not Our World

In 2005, Thomas Friedman wrote an interesting article titled"It's a Flat World After All" along with a best seller book entitled "The World is Flat".  The title is "a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field." The world may be flat due to all the technology and globalization, but in … [Read more...]

It’s May Day – make your plan bloom with success!

You should be enjoying the beauty of the new month and season. It is not too late to adjust or change your plans for 2017.  It is a new season and rebirth of plants and vegetation. It can be a rebirth or re-energize your organization's strategy. If you want to make your plan, refer to it and … [Read more...]

Don’t Take Your Eye Off The Ball

An operator of a business does not have time to nap or to take his or her eye off the ball when managing a business. Years ago, I was sent to Fort Worth, Texas to visit my dad's friend Ivan Miller.  He operated a very successful retail operation.  When Ivan picked me up at the airport in Dallas … [Read more...]

Innovation & Change are the Lifelines to Business Success

At a lunch with Joe Gilbert and my father, I can remember Joe saying that his retail offering had to change every five or so years otherwise the strategy and product would become stale in the consumers' eyes.  He changed the design of the Plaza III in Kansas City which often included not only the … [Read more...]

There are four possible answers to those questions:

Hard to believe it is the end of January, and the results of the past year are available to you and your client.  What have you done to help them?  What type of year did they have?  Were their results what they expected?  There are four possible answers to those questions: The client missed … [Read more...]

Are You Taking Advantage of the Hype of the New Year?

This is the time of the year when people determine they are going to lose weight, start an exercise routine, quit smoking, and increase their business from X to Y?  The hype of the new year causes one to change to the next chapter and to make things happen.  It is a great time to take advantage by … [Read more...]

Is your Timing Correct?

As I have matured and experienced the business community I have learned that it is not always the way the world works.  Oh, yes, my team and I were the first along with Mervyn Morris of Mervyn's to install bar-coding and POS in a retail environment.  We made retail history and front covers of the … [Read more...]

Is It a Process or a Gut Feel for this Year’s Plan?

Today, business is much more complex.   The community, competition, government, and economy have strong influences on our organizations and businesses.  We all have many more people who need to be involved with the results of our businesses.  They may not have ownership, but their families and … [Read more...]

Increase Value to Your Client by Enhancing Your Services

You may be the very best in your niche but could you be providing the client an enhanced service level to move their business forward and to further them along even faster and make their business or organization more profitable? My mentor Ilus Davis, Mayor of Kansas City and Board Chairman of … [Read more...]

How can you make 2017 even better than 2016?

Begin by taking the pulse of your organization as you re-evaluate last year's SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats). Pull the team together and ask yourselves what you did right. Knowing what you know about the first nine months, how should you change the strategy for next … [Read more...]