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Getting Naked - a book review

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Relax, this isn't the life of a nudist.

I have however just finished reading a fantastic book Getting Naked written by Patrick Lencioni.

When my business partner Brian suggested I read it, I looked at the title and enthusiastically dived right in.  Much to my wife’s relief I didn’t come away with a new philosophy on how to dress. However I was challenged by the insights on how to build stronger relationships, both at a personal and a business level.

Becoming a Nightmare Competitor

Becoming a Nightmare Competitor

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Your Nightmare Competitor is coming. What are you doing about it?

In a previous blog I brought up the concept of nightmare competitors from a book I was reading called Rocking The Ship (Amazon best-seller, available here). You can read that blog here.

Rule the Comeback

Rule the Comeback

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Everyone loves a good comeback story, but very few happen without brutal truths and planning.

Every business has its challenges. To sit here and tell you that nothing will go wrong would be flat out lying to you. The reality is every business faces challenges, particularly financial challenges, at some point.

Start at The End

Start at The End

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I often wonder when talking to business people what their plan is on how to exit the business in future.

And generally when asked, the answer is a shrug of the shoulders and the iconic Aussie response “Dunno”.

Take Leave and Recharge

Take Leave and Recharge

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Its almost Christmas again, and with the ensuing busyness we might forget to properly wind down.

For years I was guilty of not taking proper holidays. Id always figured that with the business closing for about 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year, then 6 other public holidays during the year, that was enough.

Batting No.3

Whos Batting at No 3?

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Its not always who's first on the list that matters. Look at cricket for example.

The start of spring brings warmer weather and the start of the cricket season.

Whether you like cricket or not, its hard to ignore as Australia’s number one summer sport. Its a bit like doing your tax; businesses either look forward to this time of year or try to ignore it for as long as possible.

Nightmare Competitors

Nightmare Competitors

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Business today can be tough.
Check that. Business today IS tough.

With innovation happening in almost every industry, many business owners are looking at lower returns from their traditional business model.

Successful Business

A Successful Business

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Cash flow or profit? Brand recognition or longevity?

What determines if a business is successful or not has many elements, that of themselves don't make a business successful.

But successful business tend to exhibit 5 characteristics.

Leadership vs Management

Leadership vs Management

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I've been going on a bit lately in my blogs about leadership. And I'd planned on making the one on Focus the final in the series.

Then it occurred to me that we often think of leadership and management as being the same thing.

But they're not.

Simplify Your Life - 60 Ways

Simplify Your Life - 60 Ways

Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes

We should all keep life simple. The old KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Silly) doesn't seem to get much of a run any more.

I came across a great list for exactly this.

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