A View From the Top - Zig Ziglar

books Apr 24, 2020

In classic Ziglar fashion, Zig takes us through the how's and why's of living a life of values, character, honesty, integrity, and sensitivity. He shows us how to be more at peace with ourselves and accomplish more with the skills and abilities we have. He asks us to make a commitment to being the best we can be and to continue to develop ourselves as we already are. That if we follow these very simple practices we can truly build an amazing life. 

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Daily Huddle #4 - Tip 4

basecamp Apr 23, 2020

Issues, Challenges & Bottlenecks. This is the time to get them all out on the table so everyone knows where everyone else is and what the hold up is. Its seems simple, but its a powerful tool.

Today we're gonna talk about the fourth opportunity or tip for improving your daily huddles. Remember the daily huddle is your daily 15 minute opportunity to get your team completely aligned in all of your goals, and everyone leaves, understanding the expectations in exactly what they're supposed to do that day.

Tip #4: Issues and Challenges

This is an opportunity for talking about any of the issues. Issues and challenges come up every single day. And instead of being a reactionary company, we're trying to turn into a proactive company.

So if we bring the issues and the challenges and where people are stuck to the daily huddle, it gives us a brief opportunity to potentially solve them. At the very most, you know now where the bottleneck is or what the challenge is.

Now, some of these...

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Daily Huddle #3 - Tip 3

basecamp Apr 22, 2020

#3 in the Daily Huddle Tip series. Maintaining corporate culture can be hard enough, but now your team is working from home. Keeping everyone connected, on target and aligned is even more difficult. Today's tip includes accountability and maintaining alignment. 

Today is our third tip for our daily huddle.

What is the daily huddle?

Remember that is your daily 15 minutes opportunity to get your team completely aligned, so that they're going out with complete understanding of what everybody else is gonna do, their expectations and your goals.

#3 Reviewing Your Metrics

Your most important KPIs, your key performance indicators that you're measuring, every day, every week, month and quarter, are going to be reviewed every single day at this meeting. There's only about three or five.

These are the top ones, the most important that you have to look at every single day to ensure that your business is being driven forward the way it's supposed to be. Everyone else sees everyone's key...

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Daily Huddle #2 - Tips 1 & 2

basecamp Apr 21, 2020

#2 in the Daily Huddle series. Now more than ever, communicating with your team, keeping them all aligned and on track is vital to survival. These incredibly easy to implement actions produce results that typically help companies scale up growth, but during this crisis could be a vital part of continuity.

Hi, Christine Trumball, and this is base camp. Today is the first day of five tips for your daily huddle.

Remember the daily huddle is the daily 15-minute opportunity to get your team completely aligned before they go out and start their day.

Tip #1: Start At An Odd Time

Why? Because if you start every every day at say 8 o'clock, then everybody's gonna know, you eventually get into this habit of, well you're gonna start 8:05, and I could take a few minutes and get my latte.

If you start at an odd time like 8:07, and you're very consistent and start every day at 8:07, then they're gonna start getting the idea that I better be there at 8:07.

Tip #2: Start With Good News.


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Daily Huddle #1 - What & Why

basecamp Apr 20, 2020

Communication is always key in business. More than ever, communication with your team is essential. The Daily Huddle is a tried and true process that works for multi-million dollar businesses all the way down to a two-man/woman shop.

Hi, I'm Christine Trumbull and this is base camp.

Today we're gonna talk about the daily huddle. Over the next four days, I'm gonna give you five tips to make your daily huddle productive and efficient.

What is a daily huddle?

The daily huddle is a 15 minute daily meeting with your leadership team. If you're a large corporation, that's your top level leadership.

If you're a small corporation, it could be everybody. If it's just you and your assistant, then it's just you and your assistant but it's every day consistently at the same time for 15 minutes.

Why a daily huddle? What is the purpose?

I'm going to use a football analogy. When the team goes out on the field, they don't just go out and run a play. They have a huddle. What are they doing in the...

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Outthink the Competition - Kaihan Krippendorff

books Apr 19, 2020

This is hands down, one of my top favorite books. Its about strategically working through disruption and thriving in it. It talks about embarrassing a new strategic reality, harnessing strategic creativity and being the outthinker that will successfully reshape their company.  

Krippendorff is tossing the old playbook and introducing us to new strategic behavior. He bases HIS playbook on The IDEAS Framework. 

  • Imagine - Define our vision and goals: our challenges
  • Dissect - Choose different leverage points
  • Expand - generate more potential strategies
  • Analyze - Choose disruptive strategies
  • Sell - Decide how to communicate strategy

I can't possibly do this book justice in this little blog, but now is the time to become disruptive in your business. Outthink your competition and try a new approach that can have profound effects on your business. 


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The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time - V Harnish & the Editors of Fortune

books Apr 19, 2020

This was a fun read. Apple, Ford, Zappos and others. They all made crazy decisions and changed the course of the business and, in some cases, society as we know it. This book is made up of short background stories behind the greatest business decisions of all time. We get to look inside the thought processes leading to these "groundbreaking moments". I really enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating read. 

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Mastering the Rockefeller Habits - Verne Harnish

books Apr 19, 2020

This is the book that started it all for me. This has been my bible for almost 2 decades. One Page Scorecards, Organizational Alignment and Focus and Quarterly Themes. This is the book that I went to for all my clients and whenever I had a business challenge of growth. If you want to understand how to grow your business and increase the value of your business, without losing your mind or your bank account, this is where you begin. 

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SBA / COVID 19 update

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

Since congress just passed the new stimulus package, I recommend you begin getting your ducks in a row ASAP. There are relief loans for businesses through the SBA and they are ready to lend. You must be ready for the process. It isn’t for the faint of heart, but there are funds available and sometimes, if regular lending won’t work for you, the SBA can be a savior.

For those who want to apply for SBA disaster relief loans, all states and territories are now disaster zones, and you can apply Here

If your business has been around for at least two years and you were cash-flow positive last year, it’s likely you will get relief faster by applying for a regular SBA loan through a bank.

 If you get your financial information together now, you will be able to get into the program faster, which means cash in hand faster.

Steps to prepare for SBA funding

The SBA process can be lengthy, and you will need to be prepared. You will need the following:

  1. Three...
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How to set-up your business for under $1,000 - D Fleyshman & B Hampton

books Mar 14, 2020

Yeah? Ok, I guess I would recommend this one? It's a fast read and does have information, but I guess I'm jaded. If you are completely new to business, it could be useful. It could also have you spending more time on unnecessary To-Do's. The best thing I like about it is the extensive Resources section in the back. Everything you could ever need regarding a start-up from Domain Name, to Web Hosting, Idea Generation, Forms, Design & Development, Blogs, Newsletters, the works.  

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