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The Sound of Second Place

Failure is a topic most of us would rather avoid. But ignoring the obvious, and sometimes subtle, warning signs of impending business concern is a surefire way to end up on the wrong side of business survival statistics. What’s the survival rate of new businesses? Statistically, in North America around 66 percent of new businesses survive two years or more, 50 percent survive at least four...

Courageous Leadership

We hear this term a lot these days but what does it actually mean? We believe that it is meant to be a call to commit and to act. It refers to the act of making hard choices, taking risks and doing what’s right even if it’s unpopular. Sometimes though, people hijack words and sayings to fit their own ends. They may brandish words like courage, innovation, and integrity, but when we look...

Surviving Stress

Last week’s blog was about our comfort with putting out fires but what about handling the stresses that the fires create? Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to work in a nonstop, action-packed, high-performance role? That desire for achievement and competitive success urges us on but sometimes it takes us past our physical and mental limits. The most successful people we meet are...