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Chuck Blakeman
Works at CranksetGroup Worldwide
Attended There is no correlation between education and success.
Lives in Denver, CO
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Good, short article summarizing some key take aways from my friend Mark Moses' new book, Make Big Happen - http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/5-things-great-leaders-focus-on-for-success.html
When facing fast growth, you can't deal with everything. Here is how to prioritize
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While others are still relying on a few heroic activists to tell everyone else what to do, DaVita is inviting everyone to participate. Giving people their brains back is working for DaVita, and is a way of leading that all companies could learn from.
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What if a global business was not a soulless profit machine, but a community, a village where everybody had a brain, made important decisions for the corporation, and promoted and lived in community? Could it work? It already is, and we can all learn something important from them.
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What makes people think they can say hello and then start selling me something? If you meet a person in a bar and ask them to marry you right there, what are the odds they'll accept? (If they do, you deserve each other.) Relationships take time to develop.
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Is the handshake devolving? Is there a business opportunity here for those paying attention? Just maybe - on both accounts.
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Contrary to common belief, most businesses don't go under for lack of customers. In fact, it's almost always the opposite. The number one reason businesses fail is because they grow too fast, or more specifically, some element of the business outpaces the others.
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You might be giving yourself the finger and not even know it. Don't look back and realize all you needed was to get the other four in line with the one in the middle.
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There are two ways to deal with an issue: now or later ("never" falls under later). Successful people do not live passively, just hoping stuff will work out. They understand the golden rule of relationships--peacemaking beats peacekeeping every time.
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If it weren't for people, my business would be perfect. Business is sometimes simple; dealing with people is hard. Peacemaking fixes that. Peacekeeping makes it worse.
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I thought you all needed to know the US Postal Service has found alternative profit centers auctioning off your stuff, in case you wanted to ship with more reliable and responsive services that make their profit off getting your stuff where it's supposed to go. "Fascinating!" (But not surprising, right?)
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Caveat emptor. The U.S. Postal Service makes a profit from selling your lost stuff. It auctioned off $3,100 worth of my books before they were even supposed to be delivered, and continued to sell them long after it was made aware of the issue. Fascinating!
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Providing tools for  business owners and leaders around the world to make more money in less time, get off the treadmill and get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place.  Author of MakingMoneyIsKillingYourBusiness.com, rated the #1 Business Book of the Year by NFIB
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Graduated 510th out of 525; that's not 15 from the top.
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    Business Advisor, Speaker, Author, Inc. Columnist, TEDx Talker, present
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Fremont, OH - Fort Monroe, VA - Hampton, Va - Virginia Beach, Va - Mansfield, CT - Farmington, CT
Estimate was about the same as two others. Carpenter came first to replace two boards - he asked my wife which two boards! Not a good start - he guessed, replaced a couple and left. Both my wife and I called Vivax - no return call to either of us. Powerwashing and painting both started many days late. No big deal by itself, but typical of the company's attention to detail. After painting started we noticed two broken mouldings, one missing and two that were hopelessly warped above a first floor roof on the side of the house. They were easily visible from the ground by just looking up. The estimator missed the whole section. They said they would replace them and tell us later what the cost was. Should have been quoted up front rather than turning this into a guessing game quote. The painters didn't paint the house - they colored it. Very thin coat, lightly applied, and VERY SLOPPY. - Terrible prep - ONE DAY AFTER PAINTING, MULTIPLE SPOTS ARE PEELING. - Many drips and full out spills on our new deck - they didn't attempt to remove the drips and just swished the stain around and made it worse. - Didn't prime new boards - just painted them. - Didn't bother to open exterior front, back and patio doors to paint the 1/4" that hits the insulation - one door was new and is still white around the edges instead of green. - Completely missed many trim boards - unpainted. Some were painted halfway and they just left them! - All kinds of slop-over on the trim - on all sides of the house. - Drips and spills on the concrete porch and sidewalk in front. Paint sprayed on to brick where their tape wasn't holding. - 50%+ of all vinyl windows had visible to ridiculous slop-over on them - amazing that they could leave some of them - easily visible from way out by the street. - Paint drips on patio screen door - just smeared around. - Many other issues of sloppiness and carelessness They left two days ago. I emailed them (calling gets no response) that morning - no response. We haven't paid yet. We're getting estimates on fixing the problems and will pay Vivax only the difference. Vivax has clearly gotten very busy recently and they are simply coloring houses, not painting them, then moving on as fast as they can. Go with a local, much smaller company - you're much more likely to get a good job and responses from the company.
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