Your Business Reimagined

Your Business Reimagined

Kevin Taylor, Friday’s presenter at the Sandy ELP group, coaches his business clients through the “EMyth” methodology. With tongue in cheek, Kevin describes his educational background as a pursuit of the second most “evil” college degree – an MBA (he believes the most evil degree is the JD).
Kevin operated a family business for 16 years, bringing it from the verge of bankruptcy to profitability and a successful sale of the company. He’s been a coaching …

“Google Places” – a Business Success “Keystone”

“Google Places” – a Business Success “Keystone”

Mark Herre, founder and operator of a performance-based SEO company called SEOGame, believes in looking for business success in all the right places. And currently, the “right places” are Google Places. On Friday, October 11, Mark presented at the Sandy ELP meeting. If you own a business that lives or dies by its Google ranking, especially for local listings, you should be vigilant to build a proper pathway to success. Even if you don’t HAVE to be ranked the highest on …

Why $20 is Better Motivation Than $20 Million

Why $20 is Better Motivation Than $20 Million

Every entrepreneur has a vision.  Whether it’s world domination or a local charity, it requires a plan and time to make that plan happen.  Ask anyone you know if they’ve ever had what they thought was a marketable idea.  Chances are – they have.  Now ask them if they’ve ever done anything about it.  Chances are equally good that they haven’t, although you might be surprised by the number that have.  So why didn’t they go anywhere with it?
Before we …

Is There a Place for Intimacy in Business?

Is There a Place for Intimacy in Business?

I’ve recently heard stories like these from successful business leaders:
“When I was a child, my family was so poor we searched dumpsters for food. Now I’ve decided to create wealth and help others create wealth through real estate investments.
“I ignored a prompting to give my brother a hug and tell him I loved him. He was killed in an accident and now I’ve created a business to help people act on their promptings by sending heartfelt cards and …

Mismatch Between What Science Knows and What Business Does

Daniel Pink

In the video below (see link), Daniel Pink argues the case for understanding motivation in the 21st century.  The author of A Whole New Mind,

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is now known for being one of the few career analysts to recognize that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift, from a left-brained-based economy to a right-brained-based economy that values creativity, innovation, and meaning.  
The 20th century ultimately brought us the ”information age.”  In his book, he …

Coming Soon to Sandy ELP: 9 Best Practices

Coming Soon to Sandy ELP: 9 Best Practices

What’s the difference between a strategy and a tactic and why should we care? Friday’s ELP meeting focused on defining strategies and tactics, then went further to implement a new strategy and tactics for the group.
What are the key differences between strategies and tactics? It is important to know the difference in order to be successful. A business leader who develops strategies with no tactics is like someone who plans to climb a mountain without using his arms or legs. Tactics …

3 Golden Questions for Startups

3 Golden Questions for Startups

Have you ever had a dream about how to solve a vexing global problem like hunger or disease? Lying there asleep, you get excited about what you perceive to be a simple and elegant solution and can’t wait to tell others about it. Then, in the height of your excitement, you wake up from your dream and realize your brilliant idea is not really a solution at all. So often, even daytime business ideas turn to proverbial “dust” when held up to the light of day.
The Small Business …

6 Tips for Handling Competition

6 Tips for Handling Competition

Not the only game in town?
Competition is an inevitable part of doing business. It may be a strange thing to say, but competition isn’t always a bad thing for a business. How could that be? If, for example, you are a pioneer in your field and you’re offering a new product or service that no one has ever seen or heard of, you could look at competitors as helpful people who are out there spreading the word about the need for a product or service like yours.
When it comes to …

10 Things it Would Have Been Great to Know

10 Things it Would Have Been Great to Know

If you are a business owner, ask yourself this question: “What 10 things would have been great to know when I started my business?” Now, find a way to share your wisdom with up-and-coming business people.
The following are some common pieces of advice from an outstanding article by Scott Gerber of Entrepreneur.com (“10 Tips For the First-Time Business Owner,” Sept. 7, 2009):

Focus. Focus. Focus. Opportunities are often wolves in sheep’s clothing. Juggling multiple …

Sandy ELP Members In Danger of Exceeding Legal Limits

Sandy ELP Members In Danger of Exceeding Legal Limits

Sandy ELP members should be looking over their shoulders for pursuing highway patrol officers. Why? They have recklessly exceeded lawful  “ahmph” limits! What are “ahmph’s,” you ask? They are “Ah-Ha Moments Per Hour.”  Sandy ELP is notorious for providing criminal levels of ahmph’s.
Last Friday’s group was no exception. Shamelessly, site leader Jay Taylor started out by reading off a long list of words that included:  appreciation, …