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01 Mar You Need a Business Model First

By Donovan Hardenbrook   You see, business plans are full of untested assumptions. Assumptions about the market, your product, your customer and how your will make money. Starting your business based on untested assumptions will cost you a lot of time and money. Painful lessons that can be avoided. Now imagine if most...

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30 Nov Know Your Why: Build Relationships Based On Trust

Guest blog by Cristi McMurdie “I was driving the bus backwards and making people enter the bus through the rear emergency exit!  Once I discovered my WHY, I became aware that my WHY has and does drive how I think, feel, and make decisions. I immediately made better decisions that pertain...

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30 Nov Your 5 Whys for the New Year

by Donovan Ray Hardenbrook It’s that time of the year again to reflect on the last year and plan for the next. As John Maxwell, one of my favorite mentors, is known to say “Experience teaches nothing, but evaluated experience teaches everything.” So was this year a good or bad year? Regardless, there...

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04 Nov 5 Keys to Improving Strategy and Execution

My Observations on What Works Is strategy more important than execution? In a recent LinkedIn group discussion there were good arguments from both camps plus those who thought both were equally important. The arguments for strategy being more important make the case that a mediocre strategy well executed will not produce...

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08 Jul 3 Questions to Ask Yourself at Mid-Year

Recent statistics on the economy in Arizona suggest that business should be doing better. Here are few a key statistics from First Research State job growth rose 1.2% in May 2014 from a year ago; national job growth rose 1.8% State unemployment averaged 6.6% in May 2014; the national average was 6.3% Personal income rose 4.0%...

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08 May Not Listening is Going to Cost You

I mentioned in my January newsletter that my 2014 goal to be a better listener. Since starting my own business nearly seven years ago, I realized that many of the “learning opportunities” (i.e. mistakes) I experienced were because  I wasn’t really listening to my clients, prospects, partners and coaches as...

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04 Nov It’s Over

Yes, I know we still have all of November and December before 2013 is over. However,  my statement has to do with  business marketing.  At the end of the year businesses are focused on sales not marketing. There are sales to close right? So how did sales go in 2013? Were...

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