The 80/20 Formula

  The brain reading this article – your brain – is the most complicated structure in the known universe. According to brain scientists, you are...

Four Strategies for Breaking the Impasse in Negotiations

What do you do if you hit a wall in your negotiations and quitting is not an option?

M&A During COVID-19: A Brief Analysis

Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) is a powerful tool that companies use to execute on their strategic imperatives.  Even in the best of economic times,...

The Power of Transformation

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”  -- Confucius Every Sunday night at 9 pm EDT I host A Climb...

Do You Know Your Adaptability Quotient?

Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.  -- Rumi William Stern was a...

Charting a New Course

With one wave of the pandemic storm over and economies opening up again, those companies that secured their finances and took the necessary steps...

The Soul of Your Business

“Every company has a soul. Every company has a distinct set of values that colors its priorities and behaviors. Companies believe in different things to different degrees, including innovation, value, quality, freedom, choice, price, and so on.” – Ken Segall

Gratitude- 5 Steps To A Sincere “Thank You”

Gratitude can improve your business—and add much, much more to your life.   The simple act of saying "Thank you" typically conveys a sense of gratitude....

Opportunities for Businesses in the Time of Covid-19

There is no “pandemic playbook“ to which leaders can refer for answers. But, one can begin to develop those answers by using two questions to frame solutions: How do I survive or maybe thrive in this shutdown?  How do I prepare for my customers needs of the future?

8 Signs of Employee Depression

Understanding your employee's symptoms of depression is vital to your business productivity and their health   The holidays are a complicated time of year for any...

What Your Company Culture Says About Your Brand In a Time of Crisis

Six ways your company can communicate caring to employees during this time.   No doubt things are hard for every business right now and particularly difficult...

Small Business Leadership and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

A small business owner's journey toward self discovery, prosperity, and success.     On October 2, 1995. 7:30 a.m. Ed stood at the newsstand in the lobby...

Are Relationships Vital To Business Growth?

Relationships are the cornerstone of a new era of people-to-people businesses   All business relationships, both internal and external, are interconnected. In terms of the whole company,...

Grow Your Business Through the M&A Pipeline

Scaling your business requires understanding the types of investors and knowing the state and status of their portfolios. The vast majority of venture capital and...

What Kind of Under Stress Boss Are You?

Four insights to identify your behavior as a leader on stress.   Editor's note: This is part  two of a two part article. Part one is...

Are You Causing Second Hand Stress Among Your Employees?

Stress can be contagious it is important that you manage your stress well in front of your employees.   Editor's note: this is part one of a...

The Small Business Intersection of Sports, Entertainment and Learning

Small business and education, a new field for ideation   Ever since I was a professional soccer player while pursuing my education degree, I always wanted to...

Creating a High Trust Culture at Work 

You inspire trust from others when you practice these six behaviors.   Recently while perusing the book shelves at Barnes and Noble, a favorite pastime of...

4 Tactics To Turn Around Employee Negativity

Be open to hearing what your employees have to say, even when how they are saying it is not easy to hear. Be prepared to demonstrate to your employees your openness to working with them to find solutions. Here are four tactics to address employee negativity.

4 Steps to Emotionally Realized Rational Decisions

Should rational decision making of intelligent business leaders include their gut feelings and emotions? As a business leader or manager you generally learn that decisions...

You Are About To Step Into The Limelight- Three Questions To Persuade

It's Your Opportunity To Make An Impact, Make The Most of It   It happens all the time. You arrive at the office. Coffee in hand, you’re...

The Keys to Deliberate Learning for Business Agility

Three steps business leaders need to make a conscious and concerted effort to learn.   Staying afloat and staying ahead are concerns faced by many business...

3 Things You Should Consider for Your Business By Year End

3 small business suggestions to begin the New Year.   New Year's resolutions typically aren't simply for your individual life. With only a few days left to...

Five Recommendations to Change Your Mind, Your Heart, and Yourself: Happy New Year!

A perfect time of year to reflect and consider personal transformation to enhance your life.   “Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world....

7 Rewards for Employees When There Is No More Money

How do you keep great employees happy when you cannot pay them more?   I was asked one time, by a small business owner who had...

Hiring Better Fitting Employees

Hiring an employee is knowing what you are looking for and how to find it in an applicant.   Considering hiring a new employee? Despite what we...

Four Basic Principles for Raising Capital

Outside investors want to understand a business' strategy as well as its financial statements.   The need to raise capital from outside investors requires a great...

Sink or Swim

There’s no better teacher or motivator than being immersed in a situation where you need to quickly adapt.   We’ve all heard the phrase as it...

Who are Your Influencers?

Your influencers affect your success. Stop and recognize who or what they are, and understand the role they play in your life. Looking at things differently and taking small steps each day is how to best make changes that take hold. At the end of each day, you are the only one who can change yourself, but you do not need to do it alone.

7 Steps Toward Drive Small Business Productivity

Share priorities and plans with people who can contribute to your small business productivity.   Once you understand your time usage better you can focus taking...

Small Business Owners Take Note: Employees Value Values

Here are five reasons why small business owners can benefit by practicing good values.   Amelia has been working for a small business for two years. In her role in...

Communications Lessons from the Broadcasters

Speaking with punctuation and getting your audience to care has three key considerations.   There’s a fascinating article that was written by Andrew Jacobs years ago...

4 Questions For Perspective and Balance

Many surveys report the constant access to technology and the pressure to respond to and monitor it can be stressful. If you've gotten into the habit of prioritizing work over health or family, it's easy to remain in this mode. Balance means understanding when to work and when not to work, when to shut down and when to turn back on, and what you're doing and why.

Is Your Small Business Resilient Enough?

The ability to quickly adapt, recover and reinvigorate in business is a constant requirement   "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I...

Work With A Difficult Person? Break The Pattern

You can better deal with difficult person by managing your perceptions, determining changes you can make and sometimes walking away.   Running into a difficult person...

4 Steps to Manage a Difficult Encounter

How to diffuse a difficult encounter in situations involving difficult people   At some point, everyone will run into a difficult encounter with difficult people. However,...

Dealing With Difficult People – 4 Reaction Steps

How you can own your reactions when encountering difficult people   Editor’s Note: This is part 1 or a 3 part series on maintaining composure and...

5 Steps To Manage Conflict of Interest Scenarios

Understand and address work-life conflict of interest scenarios.   Help your brain Better manage competing needs in your business   When you are leading a business the...

Capitalism 2.0: A New Coming of Age Class of Investors and Entrepreneurs 

A new type of obstinacy addresses pending social challenges. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez described Latin America as “a boundless realm of haunted men...

Be Part of a Brooklyn, NY Pilot Shoot! Thursday, August 15th

A CLIMB TO THE TOP is a hybrid scripted/documentary series featuring a diverse cast of aspiring achievers from all walks of life. Overcoming adversity, career...

Many Leadership Styles, What’s Yours?

A global look at transformational and transactional leadership styles Business today is global as so is leadership. No one can escape it; what happens on the...

What is Your Company’s Reason?

Be sure your small business brand and mission has a good reason and it is communicated.     As I explained in a previous article, certainty is a thing...

Fight or Flight: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

The best leaders take responsibility for their emotions and reactions.   It is August 9th, 2010. You have just arrived at the Pittsburgh airport and you’re...

How Do You Measure Success In Business and In Your Life?

Personal and small business success is also about values.   Editor's note: This is part two of a two part series. Part one is entitled  5 Steps for...

5 Steps for Increasing Small Business Success

Don’t lose the horse while you are buying the saddle.    Editor's note: This is part one of a two part series. As children many of us...

Customer Service Still Matters

People will talk about you anyway. Make sure it’s good because good means more people will buy your products or come to your establishment. Bad means they will cross you off the “must check out” list or never put you on that list to begin with.

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The Body Speaks Before the Mouth Opens

The fact is, how you present yourself visually will affect your audience and their ability to really “hear” you. So, go ahead and take a look in that mirror...and SEE what you’re saying when you’re VERBALLY not saying anything at all. 

Reputation Is Critical To Business Success

A company’'s fortune can rise meteorically or be obliterated with its reputation among stakeholders.   If you have any doubt about just how critical reputation is,...

10 Steps Toward Choosing Mental Resilience

Resilience can help you bounce back from misfortune or unexpected change   People can—and should—learn to be resilient. It allows them to gain perspective on experiences...

10 Ways Business Leaders Can Build Trust

10 components of leadership you can cultivate to build trust and effectively lead others   Who do you trust? It is a difficult question to answer. Trust...

How Resilient Is Your Small Business In Setting the Stage to Thrive?

Infuse your company with resiliency, with these 5 actions.   I came across an article in Forbes recently that shared how resilience is extremely important in...

Is Your Brand Positioning the “Real Thing”?

6 brand positioning techniques for staking a claim in specific market segments.     Brand positioning involves creating a vision of a product or business relative to...

Acquisition? What’s Your Company’s Valuation?

For any acquisition it's important for both buyers and sellers to have a dialogue about company value.   Buyers and sellers of companies of course have...

Take Care of the People That Matter Most…Your Employees!

Successful employee retention requires three things to keep in mind.   We are used to reading business books about how to be great at customer service,...

The Seven Second Impact: Communicate with Power and Impact

Be in as much control as you can be and understand what your non-verbal messages are communicating.

5 Strategies for Motivating Employees

Valuing your employees will help build your business   What motivates people?  As a business owner or leader it is imperative that you understand what motivates people...

Looking for a Leader for Your Business? Listen!

Three insight-gathering questions to help you identify leaders.   What makes a good leader? There are many traits that contribute to being a good leader, because there...

Lead With Greater Confidence Through Conviction

Six best practices conviction best practices which underscore confidence   An article in Nature Neuroscience led by Benedetto De Martino, a cognitive neuroscientist in the field...

Good Leaders Tap Into Emotional Intelligence

One of the most important ways leaders can build trust is by apologizing for mistakes   The qualities of leadership: this is part 2 of a...

The Qualities of Leadership- Part One

Can admitting your mistakes make you a better leader? Key leadership traits and 4 steps to address admitting your mistakes   Mistakes are impossible to avoid....

Climbing the Mountains of Your Life for 2019

Strive to make this year your most challenging ever. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit...

4 Components of Small Business Agility in a Diverse Market

Small business leaders need to understand diversity in order to be connected and create opportunities for success   The model of how to effectively navigate business leadership...

Are You Ready? How To Attract Women

A definitive list if your company is ready to attract and hire more women for key positions No. This is not an article on how to...

6 Factors to Make Work Meaningful

Whether you're the employer or an employee, you need to put meaning into work.   In the developed world in the 21st century, work has a...

Successful Leadership Through Perspective

The source of leadership perspective can be found everywhere yet most of the time we only see our own.   Leaders like all individuals have perspectives...

The Ten Commandments of Public Speaking for Small Business Owners

Persuasive communication is the single most important tool needed to climb the corporate ladder of success.

4 Simple Steps To Help Avoid Being Overwhelmed

Boost Your Resilience Against Getting Over Worked And Overwhelmed EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid becoming overwhelmed....

Getting Overwhelmed? Catch Yourself Before You Fall

Learn your personal signs of becoming overwhelmed, so you can get back on track EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on...

Small Business Growth Through M&A

Mergers and acquisitions require finding the right skill set within the company to successfully execute    As small companies begin to face strategic competitive and growth challenges,...

Finding The Qualities of The Candidates You Should Hire

6 questions to ask candidates to help you identify the fit you need when you need it.    Big data analytics might one day replace today’s...

Business Leaders and Their Business’ Legacies

It’s amazing how many companies don’t evaluate “how they are doing”   As a Co-Founder of Latinas of Legacy, one thing we try to help Latinas...

A Shifting World and New Rules Advantages

The business world is shifting and it's wise to understand and take advantage of the new rules.   When I became the global marketing and brand...

Maintaining Control of the Small Business Workplace Culture

It's important to stay on top of who is having the dominant influence on the workplace culture   You hear a lot of information about the...

Purpose, Passion, and Pride: The Leadership Lessons of John McCain Purpose, Passion, and Pride: The Leadership Lessons of John McCain

Thank you, John McCain, for your years of unyielding service to others. We live each day knowing that your contributions in this world made a significant difference in the lives of so many. There is no higher calling.

6 Steps to Build and Sustain a Remote Workforce

Small Business management tactics to maximize production of remote employee.   They are all around us, lounging in coffee shops, walking around the mall with a blue...

Utilizing Cultura and 5 Values for Small Business Success

If businesses begin to practice some of Latino cultural values in the work place, there will be less turn over, more company spirit, less absenteeism and more productivity.

Channel Your Inner JFK

President Kennedy’s call-to-action speeches inspired, persuaded, and provoked change.   Most successful politicians find themselves in the position they are in due to their ability to...

“Mr. Gorbachev…[Pause for Dramatic Effect]…Tear Down This Wall”

Primary reasons to hone the power of the pause for more impacfull speaking and Power Pause Techniques.

Six Needs of Audience Engagement

"There are also six fundamental needs that everyone has in common, and all behavior is simply an attempt to meet those six needs.” 

Invest in What Matters

Why would you separate your investments from your values?   Editor's note: Fernando Valenzuela award winning educator and investor shares his personal views and thought leadership...

Keys to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

Never wing it! Feeling unprepared is a huge source of anxiety and adds to the social scrutiny you fear. Being unprepared is inexcusable, unnecessary, and causes self-inflicted harm. It’s natural to feel nervous—everyone does.

Practical Communication Tips for Any Situation

The top eight communication guidelines.     When we hear, “public speaking,” we often think of speeches and/or presentations given to a larger group of people. While this...

Small Business and Industry, Who Are the Heroes?

Failure is a common core to a heroes’ success.   There may be nothing on the planet that bothers me more than a poor effort. Whether...

Executive Presence for Small Business Owners Today

Greeting the prospect initiates your meeting is called THE 7 SECOND IMPACT.   It happens every time. Prepare for the appointment, put on your most professional clothes,...

Communicate for Impact to Grow Your Small Business 

Create success by extending generosity your colleagues and customers, it's known as the Law of Reciprocity.     As a career Wall Streeter and mountaineer, I learned...

Branding Doesn’t Matter When Culture Doesn’t Work

4 steps a small business owner can take to correct a culture issue.   In just a few short years in the business world, it has...