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Business Times Column #102

Do You Serve Up A Good Feeling In Your Business?

Article date: Jul 7 2015

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

With every transaction and interaction, a business gives its customers and the team members who serve them a good, neutral or bad feeling. The last two have no place in a thriving company, while the first constitutes a necessary component to happiness and success.

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Business Times Column #101

Which Version of “You” Are You Bringing Home?

Article date: Jun 23 2015
Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

In a previous column, I elaborated on a number of potential negative outcomes associated with bringing personal baggage to work. I described the fall even long-term top performers experience when they’re unable to effectively manage their personal issues. I also explored the domino effect these uncontrolled issues can have on fellow team members, customers and the business as a whole.

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Business Times Column #100

Does Your Business Stand Out In The Marketplace?

Article date: Jun 9 2015
Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

Consumers typically enjoy a variety of businesses from which to choose when they’re in the market for a certain protect or service. And they’re increasingly discerning with their financial resources when looking to satisfy their individual wants and needs.

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Business Times Column #99

Which Version of “You” Are You Bringing to Work?

Article date: May 26 2015
Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

Each of us travels between two worlds — the personal and professional. When there’s balance, contentment, purpose, success and happiness in life outside business, that version of themselves people bring to the workplace is very different than if this isn’t their reality.

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Business Times Column #98

Are You Leaking Valuable Resources to Your Competition?

Article date: May 13 2015
Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

Over the years, I’ve met with many business owners who’ve lost their way in the face of competition with other companies. They’ve taken on negative attitudes toward these businesses and their owners, especially when those businesses have outperformed their own or have come to town and taken market share they once dominated.

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Business Times Column #97

How’s Your Alignment? Success and Happiness Depend on it.

Article date: Apr 28 2015
Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

Alignment refers to the degree to which behaviors, motivations, perspectives and skills match up. They don’t need to align completely. In fact, they never do. There needs to be enough alignment, however, so people can travel a path together in business and life where there are fewer obstacles to overcome in the mutual pursuit of success and happiness.

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Business Times Column #96

The Art of Delegation: Are You Having Trouble Letting Go?

Article date: Apr 14 2015
Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

The art of delegation often escapes business owners and managers. This leads to stress and the unpleasant feeling of being overwhelmed, taking the fun out of business. The lack of effective delegation also inhibits the growth and development of team members and, therefore, the business itself.

A critical step in creating greater happiness and success in business and life is learning to delegate effectively so everyone involved is empowered to do more and be more. As a business owner, you have a choice: Have you merely created a job for yourself or are you leading the company you own?

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