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Thursday April 30, 2015
We live in an interesting, fast changing world. Wouldnt you agree? Many people right now have spring fever after the long, cold, snowy winter here in the United States. Theyre cleaning inside their houses, washing windows, working outside in the yard, planting flowers and putting the winter clothes away till next season. Replacing the clothes with fabrics more suitable to the spring and summer months ahead. Today many people dont keep their clothes for as long as our grandparents or great grandparents did. Back then people would often keep their overcoats till they were threadbare. Same with shoes. Theyd have the leather soles replaced as well as the heels till the shoes feel apart. Now its more about being in style; being in fashion. People think nothing of buying a new coat... Read More
Tuesday March 17, 2015
Did you watch the 2015 Oscar Awards show? Lady Gaga gave the performance of her career during the tribute to the 50 th anniversary of the classic film, The Sound Of Music which is probably a favorite movie of many who are reading this. Lady Gagas performance was breathtaking and potentially career changing. It certainly brought highly favorable attention to the talent that she is. When Lady Gaga was asked to perform songs from The Sound Of Music at the Oscar Awards, she recognized how important this performance would be. According to press reports, she spent six months working with a voice coach every single day so that she was prepared for this very special moment when the world would be focused on her and the talents she is gifted with. The preparation paid off for Lady Gaga on... Read More
Tuesday February 17, 2015
The business landscape is littered with business failures. News headlines feature companies in trouble, with weak earnings reports, or worse yet, going out of business. Its not limited to just companies. Its also about individual business people from top ranking CEOs to every level of management on down through a companys organization. Business leaders often do not view themselves clearly. None of us do. We get up in the morning, look in the mirror, get dressed and may even do one final check in the mirror before walking out the door to work. But do we really see ourselves as we really are? Do we really understand ourselves? Doubtful. As a business leader in order to continue to be successful you do need to have a plan. But its much more than that. Ask yourself this question: ... Read More
Tuesday January 13, 2015
Its 2015!Now what? Ask yourself this question: What do you want out of this year? Yes, from a personal viewpoint. But more importantly, from a business perspective. No matter what you may list as your answers I am certain you want 1) your company to be profitable so you can make more money, 2) to be successful at what you do, 3) to stand out from everyone else in order to achieve the other two. Have you ever noticed how most people, including business people, often just follow the herd? They do what other people do. If its the latest mobile phone, they have to have it. If its the latest fashion, they have to have it. If a movie is receiving a lot of buzz, they have to see it. People want to follow what everyone else is doing. Yet to attain your business goals means standing out... Read More
Tuesday September 30, 2014
Do you remember the story (that was actually a fable) of the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dyke where it was leaking and saved the country of Holland from disaster? If the boy hadnt put his finger in the dyke the water would have continued to flow. The hole would have continued to get bigger and bigger till the dyke would have collapsed. That one tiny finger on that brave little boy saved everything. If you follow pro football then you know that in the front line, the linemen are really important as they protect the critical position of the teams quarterback. The last thing any team wants is to have the quarterback get injured. So if there is a position in the front line thats not working the team needs to plug the hole to make sure the quarterback is protected. In... Read More
Monday August 25, 2014
Work Backwards For Business Success by Howard Lewinter Youve probably heard the phrase play it forward or pay it forward. In fact, there was a popular movie a number of years ago entitled, Pay It Forward, that perhaps youve seen. The concept is that when something good or nice happens to you, you then do similar and do something good or nice for someone else. Then that individual does something nice for another individual and the concept goes, hopefully, on and on with the goal of making this world a better place to live and work in. The concept is certainly a wonderful, timeless idea that we definitely need in our world today, both locally and globally. Its not just about doing one good thing for one person. Its about doing good and being nice to everyone you meet in your day,... Read More
Wednesday July 23, 2014
Let Your Imagination Lead You To More Business Success by Howard Lewinter Do you remember when you were a child playing games? Since I was a child before the age of the internet and the computer (and maybe you are too), I remember in the summertime when school was out leaving the house at 8 oclock in the morning, come back home for lunch, then leave again but be back home for dinner, then leave one more time but be back home before dark (as the fireflies would begin to illuminate the night). Nobody ever asked where I was or was concerned for my safety back in those days as they knew I was in the neighborhood playing games with the other kids on the block and the parents all watched out for us kids. Maybe you have similar childhood memories. During those childhood days, when I... Read More
Monday June 23, 2014
For Business Success: Focus On Today by Howard Lewinter Have you noticed on your way to and from work each day any new construction going up? It could be a new bank, drugstore, multi-level apartment complex, hotel or even a tall office building which will include several floors as headquarters for a major company. One day the space is just a plot of land with dirt; then before you know it a building sits on the land as if it were always there; fitting in with the landscape of the neighborhood. When construction on the site starts, the builder doesnt start at the top of the structure with the roof. Instead the building process begins with architectural plans, city and county permits, excavation and the ordering of building materials. Every detail, no matter how small, is paid... Read More
Wednesday May 21, 2014
Do Business Leaders Need To Lead, Manage Or Follow? by Howard Lewinter As a business person, who are you? Thats an interesting question, isnt it? It really depends upon each and every moment of your business day as to who you are what challenges youre facing, what work youre doing, who youre talking to. Now lets take the question one step further. Who are you as a business leader? No matter if you are the CEO, president, founder or owner of a company or any other company position, you need to think of yourself as a business leader. What you do contributes to how successful the company will be. Its a collective effort at all levels. So each business day, how you think, how you react, how you delegate will change with any given business circumstance. For business... Read More
Monday April 28, 2014
2 Important Steps To Take In Business When Someone Disagrees With You What business are you in? Sounds like a simple question, doesnt it? With an obvious, easy answer, right? The answer is actually universal and applies to everyone in business. You are in the people business. Why is that the answer? Because everything you do in business is about people. What you sell are relationships that happen to be connected to the product or service your company offers. Once you understand this concept, you will understand the premise of a successful business. Because you are in the business of people, effective communication becomes vitally important. Yet communication with other people you meet in your business day is one of the most difficult things we all do as humans.... Read More