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Does Your Business Produce Happiness and Success? - Business Times Column #110

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

A widely held belief in business is that success is the result of selling as many products or services as possible to as many consumers as possible at the highest price possible to make as much money as possible.

When followed, though, this limited view of success leaves everyone involved feeling used, taken advantage of, vastly undervalued and, most importantly, unhappy.

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To Change or Not to Change? That is the Question - Business Times Column #109

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

Change is a constant in life and business. It occurs on a regular basis whether we want it to or not. Business environments change, economies change, team dynamics change, relationships change, the weather changes and so on. Life in general is about change. But if we habitually resist change, we limit the potential of all that’s available to us personally and professionally.

One reason we avoid change is because we must change with it. We become comfortable in our current position, even if it’s not making us happy or successful. Another reason we resist change is that we have the tendency to focus on how hard change will be and possible negative outcomes that are typically assumptions based on our fear of the unknown.

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Want Happiness? Strike a Balance Between Life and Work - Business Times Column #108

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

As an owner, you’re the foundation of your business. The more inspired and invigorated you are, the stronger your company will be. Conversely, when you become worn down, your business suffers because you don’t have the mental energy and clarity needed to be the caliber of leader necessary to create the level of success you desire. Plus, you’re unhappy.

A great deal of time, attention, effort and energy goes into running a business. With all there is to do, it’s easy for those who own a company to sacrifice many aspects, if not all, of their lives in the pursuit of success. There’s no true benefit to working yourself into the ground. But there’s a tremendous benefit to everyone involved — the business owner, company, team members, customers and families — when business owners strike and maintain a balance between life and work.

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Do You Build Trust and Loyalty in Your Team Members? - Business Times Column #107

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

If you’ve been a business owner for any length of time, you probably understand the harm a lack of trust and loyalty can have on the success of your operation and overall happiness. Conversely, you no doubt recognize the tremendous benefits trusting and loyal team members bring to you and your customers.

Trust and loyalty go hand in hand. Anytime trust between you and a team member is broken, any loyalty that existed is damaged. Once damaged, it can be a lengthy process to rebuild it, if not impossible. As the leader of your company, team member trust and loyalty begins with you. The wisest choice is to build trust and loyalty from the outset and continually work to strengthen that over time.

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Are You Hiring Effectively and Building a Powerful Team? - Business Times Column #106

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

If you want your experience as a business owner to be more enjoyable and rewarding — and your company to be increasingly successful — it’s imperative you consistently work toward building and maintaining a dynamic and powerful team.

Do you want to derive more joy from owning and running your business? Are you interested in greater efficiency and productivity? Would you like your business to operate with fewer errors and less interruptions to the flow of operations? Do you want your business to be more successful overall?

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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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