Defining Problems: The Most Important Business Skill You’ve Never Been Taught

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This article originally appeared on Albert Einstein once said, “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” While that may sound extreme, it does highlight the importance of defining problems. It also hints at some interesting facts: A well-defined problem often contains its own … Read More

How to Effectively Communicate With Different Brain Types

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This article originally appeared on To be a great communicator or leader, you must know your audience. Using brain types to understand your audience makes effective communication much simpler because you can customize and organize what you say to match the information needs of those you’re addressing. Information needs include the who, what, where, when, why and how of any given … Read More

Bring Out the Best in Your Employees, Based on Their Brain Type

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This article originally appeared on When managing others, one size does not fit all. Tailoring your leadership style to complement different brain types and respecting the individual differences of those you’re managing will bring out the best in them. Being able to identify someone’s brain type will help you understand what motivates them, what fears drive them, how they … Read More

How to Manage Stress Based on Your Brain Type

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This article originally appeared on Stress is so common that many people think it’s normal for an entrepreneur to experience it on a daily basis, but constant stress is not sustainable. Working with a coach to create maintainable systems and proactively handle business requirements can help transform your business into a stress-occasionally environment. In my last article, I introduced … Read More

8 Reasons Why Creatives Will Rule the World

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This article originally appeared on RIGHT-BRAINERS, YOUR TIME HAS COME–THIS IS THE AGE OF THE CREATIVE MIND. In the not-too-distant future, creatives will rule the world. I’m not just saying this because I consider myself a creative. The interconnected systems we use to function in business and society, whether in communication, transportation, design, finance, and more, are increasing in … Read More

Ask the Coach: How Do I Hire the Right Creative?

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This week in the Ask the Coach column, we’ll focus on hiring creatives. Sally writes, “When hiring employees for creative roles, what should you be looking for?” And, “What are the top three interview questions you should ask and what are the answers you want to hear?” Sally, congratulations on asking two really important questions. Most people think they know … Read More

Radio: The 3 Biggest Challenges Startups Face

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Last week I recorded a radio show with Alison B. Gerlach, The Unapologetic Capitalist. Please listen in: The Unapologetic Capitalist is a forum to cultivate and encourage the building of significant long-term value in any venture. This is a place for entrepreneurs, business executives, consultants, and anyone who is compelled by innovation and free enterprise. The Unapologetic Capitalist is … Read More

Determining Your Entrepreneur Style and Getting Past Your Business Blind Spots

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneurs are leaders who can see into the future with inspired vision, championing highly competent teams to make the seemingly impossible possible. That is the intent at least. There are times when you may feel overwhelmed, work harder instead of smarter and generally fear that you’re doing it wrong. The truth is, whether you … Read More

Eight Time Buckets Required for Happy, Creative Entrepreneurs

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This article originally appeared on LinkedIn here. All right-brain entrepreneurs struggle with time management. However, it’s important to pay attention to each of the time buckets that are required to maintain a healthy business and lifestyle. Time buckets are the allocated timeframes that you spend doing certain everyday things and they may vary slightly depending on your business or the … Read More