It’s The Owner’s Job!

A business owner I know assigns a middle-manager to set the company goals. By the way, he’s not an absentee owner, he’s there every day supposedly directing the company. This leader is making a serious mistake and he doesn’t seem

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The Magic of Easy Early Wins!

May I give you one quick, effective way to build momentum? Get some easy early wins. Set up your day so you’re constantly winning and feeling better about yourself as your day goes on. Here’s what I mean: most of

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Integrity?

Last fall, I was talking to a group of business owners about the presidential debates and the integrity of the candidates. One of the group, seeming confused, asked: Bruce, how do you stay ‘within the cones’ in today’s world? In

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We’re All in Sales…

Did you know this? One of nine workers in the USA is in direct sales. The other 8 are “non-sales” sellers who use persuasion to move others to give up something they’ve got for something we’ve got. According to Gallup, 40% of our

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Be One Who Achieves!

A goal is a dream that has feet!  Paraphrasing the Rolling Stones: Dreams with no action cause dissatisfaction. That’s why you keep your priorities in your face: to remind you often of what’s important to you. Otherwise, you get distracted,

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Thanks, Brian!

When I was interviewed by Jon on Hack The Entrepreneur, I referred to Brian Tracy. Jon said Brian had been a guest on the program a couple months back. We discussed how powerful Brian’s message has been for both of

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Am I Focused?

Clients want to know what I do to maintain focus and how I regain focus when I get off track. Here’s how I talk to myself to maintain and regain. I’ve found it effective: It gets my attention and tells

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Your Plan

You’ve decided what you want. Now, to decide what you’ll do. To get anywhere quickly, you follow a map. It outlines the path to your destination. For accelerated success, your written plan is your roadmap. It helps you achieve what

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Whoops, I’ve Done That Before!

I’ve discovered some unique self talk that instantly turns my feelings from negative to positive, reduces my self-righteous outbursts, I’m being kinder to those around me, and immediately makes me feel better about myself. I do it by recognizing my

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Do You Want To Work With Them?

Hartman and I were discussing a prospect, and he posed the question: Do we want to work with them? They certainly were qualified. They wanted it. They needed it. They would use it. They could afford it. We were dealing

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Prioritize!

Take your Dream List and a yellow highlighter to a place you feel creative. Review your list and highlight the dreams which resonate with you. When you’ve finished, get up and walk away from it. You’ve just made significant progress.

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The Power of Discomfort!

I made a suggestion to a client this week who responded: I’m just not comfortable doing that. I replied: I get it. Do it anyway, it’s the necessary action to achieve what you want. As you do it, you’ll get

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Dream It Up!

What a perfect time of the year! We reflect on what has recently passed; we dream up our new beginnings, our future selves. We don’t have to make any immediate choices, we’re just dreaming. We’re not judging, we’re not deciding

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The Busy Man’s Creed

When I first read The Busy Man’s Creed, I was unaware of Elbert Hubbard, who died in 1915 on the torpedo-sunken Lusitania. He was the author of A Message To Garcia, an inspirational classic. Now, decades later, his books fill

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Beware the Terrible Toos!

What do these sentences have in common? I ate too much. I slept too late. I worked too hard. You’re right, the word too. Anytime you see it, use it, or read it, you know that what it refers to

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Why Are You Thankful Today?

Here’s why I am: I’m alive and free in America; so is my family. I run my own business. I have books and can read them. Plus: baseball, Sherlock Holmes, and snow. And: My new knee, replaced in September. My

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Want To Improve Your Sales Results?

Owners and sales leaders ask: What can we do differently to help our sales teams improve? My answer: Do more planning, strategizing, and preparing and do it differently than most. Why? It’s tougher and tougher to get to the decider. There’s more

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What do you expect?

What do your co-workers expect of you? What do you expect of them? Of yourself? Understanding what’s to be expected is a key for professional and personal development, for decision-making, for team-building, and for any achievement. “I know what she

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An Easy Way To Improve Your Health!

Would you spend 10 minutes, sitting down, reliving the bright spots of your day, to improve your health in a significant way? Seriously, would you? Here’s what research has discovered—if you spend 10 minutes at the end of your workday writing

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Clarity: The Soul of Success!

A prospect was playing “Stump the Coach” with me. He said, with a bit of a smirk: If you had to tell me in 25 words or less how you can help me accelerate my business growth, what would you

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Will you find a way…or an excuse?

Often I meet with people who are dissatisfied with their lives, their accomplishments, themselves. When I ask what they should do about it, every one of them knows the answer. Asked if they will, many waver, then backtrack. They explain in

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Know You Believe It!

Beliefs matter. Belief is the engine which causes us to act. Our actions reinforce those beliefs. Good ideas matter, as bad ideas matter, because of the actions they motivate, the ideas they reinforce. Cause leads to effect. We develop our

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What Gives Meaning To Your Life?

What gives meaning to your life? What’s your purpose? Could you answer if you had more time? It bothered me when I didn’t know my purpose, my reason for being, for getting up and doing what I did. I decided

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What Does That Mean?

Here’s my favorite question right now—What does that mean? I ask myself, I ask my sons, I ask my clients. Most statements we make are vaguely general. Same old lines, blah, blah, blah; automatic, uninspiring, boring. I need to get

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Willing To Walk?

Three clients requested help with negotiation skills. It’s one of my favorite topics and here’s why. No matter who you are and what you do, you’re constantly negotiating. You’re trying to move others to your viewpoint, your activity, your belief.

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We Live Up To What We Write Down

Harvard Business Review* asked Dr. Robert Cialdini, expert on persuasion: Why does getting it in writing matter? His response? People live up to what they write down. People live up to what they write down. It’s the reason for written,

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What You Tolerate, You Encourage

Be careful what you allow, what you tolerate, what you accept. Often, it seems such a little thing, like telling a white lie. A white lie, seeming insignificant, is still a lie. When does a “little” lie become a “big”

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