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Practical business tips and enlightening case stories from the small and mid-market companies and enlightened leaders in our community.

An Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Baker’s Dozen from Jim Collins

“Whether you prevail or fail, endure or die, depends more on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you.” ~ Jim Collins We’re headed back to Atlanta in May for the Scaling Up Conference in a week, which reminds me of one of my all-time favorite speakers from this conference,…

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The 7 Characteristics of an Enlightened Leader

What is an Enlightened Leader?  I’ve been writing about them for almost two years now and it’s certainly an intriguing question, one that came up again at our Growth Strategies Breakfast last month. For those of you who are looking for some illumination along the path of your own growth and development, here are seven…

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Celebrating Life and Relationships with Neen James

What can I say?  Neen James rocks! The petite fireball lives up to her Attention Pays message, commanding a room of over 100 CEO’s and their teams last Friday at our 13th Annual Growth Strategies Breakfast at the Union League of Philadelphia. I loved welcoming her back for an “encore” performance. She was the Key…

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A 4 Step Formula for Talent Success

Beneath Mike Albero’s calm demeanor is a friendly, outgoing personality, who is passionate about his family and community as well as his business and team. “Our biggest challenge – like a lot of businesses these days – is finding and hiring talent. Candidly, we were going about it the wrong way. We were looking for…

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Three Execution “How To’s” to Help You Nail the Fundamentals

I’ve always loved the story about Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Packers, who would start off every football season with the now famous line, “Gentleman, this is a football.”

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A Tale of a Remarkable Scale Up Partnership

What does it take to have a great business partnership? There are certainly plenty of bad ones. I sat down with Darius Mirshahzadeh, CEO and Ali Vafai, President of The Money Source (TMS) to talk about what I’ve experienced as one of the most synergistic and well-oiled business partnerships I’ve known over the past two…

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5 Scaling Up Tools to Save you Time and Money in 2019

We’ve covered a lot of ground in our blogs over the past year, always with an eye to sharing resources, stories and best practices to help you to be a better leader and grow a more profitable business. And of course – save you time! Time is the great equalizer after all, especially since no…

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Accelerating Growth with Strategic Leadership, Systems Thinking and a Dedicated Team

Nielsen-Kellerman is an award-winning U.S. manufacturer of high-performance electronics, employing almost 100 people in the Greater Philadelphia area. Founded in 1978 by Richard Kellerman and Paul Nielsen to address the needs of the competitive rowing market, the company has since expanded its sports instrumentation and added Kestrel Weather Instruments serving many markets including agriculture, firefighting,…

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Check your Emotions: 5 tips to have a Difficult Conversation – Successfully!

Over the last two decades as I’ve coached, advised and closely watched CEO’s and Executives from start-up to $250 million companies grow their companies, one thing is clear. Leaders struggle to have the difficult conversations or make the hard decisions that building a successful and sustainable business requires.

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3 Scaling Up Fundamentals for Dedicated Growth Companies

Gene Godick has always had an entrepreneur’s heart. Even when he was at Arthur Andersen, his first job out of college, he worked in the small business practice. But it took a few more years, and a few runs as CFO at two different companies – one bootstrapped and one that went from VC backed…

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17 Inspiring Quotes about Entrepreneurship, Life, and Leadership

I was invigorated and inspired by many of the thought-leaders, authors and business leaders that spoke before the over 800 person crowd, in Denver last week at the Gazelles’ Scaling Up Summit. But I was blown away by the workshop conducted by Jeff Hoffman for our Scaling Up Coaching Community. An accomplished entrepreneur and innovator…

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3 Steps to Get “Back to the Basics”

Today, Datacolor is an eclectic mix of people and products serving a wide variety of industries ranging from textiles to photography to plastics and paints in the color management arena. Their website describes them as having an American heart, a Swiss soul and an international vision.  While they’re headquartered in Lawrenceville, New Jersey outside of…

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6 Ways to just say “NO”

How often do you say “NO”? Let me ask it a different way.  When was the last time you turned down a new business opportunity or a potential new client? A good “test’ of a great strategy is how often you say NO.  A really solid and well-thought out business strategy means that you’re saying…

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A 3 Step Cure for “Customer Amnesia”

“I continue to be struck by how few leaders make it a strategic priority to talk to their customers.”  Dave Power, President and CEO and author of “The Curve Ahead”   When was the last time you sat down, had an open and frank discussion with a customer, and asked how things were going and…

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The Power of Perseverance: A behind the scenes look at Ron Jaworski Golf

Lots of words could describe Liz and Ron Jaworski.  Competitive, enthusiastic, passionate, committed to helping others, family-oriented, motivational.  But the word that comes to my mind is Perseverance. In an industry that is plagued with negative profitability and non-existent cash flow, has seen countless golf courses closed, is not just seasonal (their six golf course…

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3 Key Strategies to Reduce Distractions, Focus your Energy and Get Things Done

I’m surrounded by people who struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The men in my life – my husband of almost 26 years and my two grown sons, ages 23 and 20 – all have ADD to varying degrees. Each in his own way has had to work hard to prioritize, stay focused and not…

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