Rewards: What’s In It For Me?

"It's a good job."   This seems to be the standard response when it comes to well-paid union jobs with pensions and benefits, no matter how you frame a question about working in one. Q: How is it going at¬†Union Job? A: It's a good job. Q: Do you like working at...

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Systems: How Do I Do That?

Motivation to make systems?...meh.   Why do so many independent businesses struggle with effective systems? I don't know about you, but I have a bit of an aversion to the word, "system", possibly because of The System. The words we use to create and document...

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Clear Communication: What did you say?

Clear communication is a hallmark of any good relationship, which includes your relationship with your team members and your customers. It is a mark of respect and genuine connection. The previous post, Expectations: I can't read your mind, was about identifying and...

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Expectations: I can’t read your mind.

Clear and realistic expectations are a big deal.   What can you expect from your team, what can they expect from one another and what can they expect from you? This is a tough one, right? Every person has an individual set of expectations that arise from values,...

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Roles: What Exactly Am I Doing Here?

The Transition from Generalizing to Specializing   You know how that goes, right? As an entrepreneur, you started out being everything to every part of your business and maybe you are still in that situation. Depending upon the nature of your business, it is next...

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Is Your Business Purposeful or Personal?

  It's your business, right? You own it. Of course it's personal...but, is it really?   A Separate Entity Starting a business is not unlike creating a work of art, writing a book or recording an album. Another analogy is having children. Whether you have a...

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What is Good Leadership?

  What does "Good Leadership" mean to you? People are starting businesses left, right and center with some incredibly conflicting concepts of how to be a leader inside the workplace. It isn't surprising that "Good Leadership" can mean many things; I mean, our...

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Positive Change Begins With Us: We Need Allies

For every positive change you make in your life, something else also changes for the better - it creates a chain reaction.   The original 101 Reasons to Be - writing 101 Reasons to Be Yourself and the earlier blog - was about creativity and positive change on an...

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Purpose

The purpose now, of Reasons to Be, is to explore our purpose both collectively and individually, and to explore different perspectives that build bridges in our extremely polarized world.

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