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Articles by Chuck Violand
A tough economy and even tougher customers brings up a good question: How do we small business people manage to cope?
It seems like every other day I receive an e-mail from somebody making some bold claim about how they can help me double my profits, have runaway sales growth or become such a great leader that my people will want to cast a bronze statue of me in my honor.
Some people think it takes a lot of guts to start a business. I’m not one of them. I don’t think it takes guts as much as it takes a giant leap of faith in one’s ability to do something better than it’s currently being done.
It seems the iron fist of Alpha Talk has once again grabbed me by the collar and given me no choice but to speak up against what appears to be a resurgence of Beta Talk.
Every day that a business owner walks through the door of his company, he’s entering a place he’s never been — willing to face new challenges that he may be ill prepared to address.
The fact is that I wasn’t looking over my shoulder to see where the second place finisher was. I was looking over my shoulder to make sure I wasn’t going to finish last. But the lesson was no less significant.
Tim is a classic outdoorsman. Calling Tim a hunting zealot is an understatement. With him, hunting borders on a religious experience.
How many times do we offer our customers something for “free” and actually delude ourselves into forgetting the associated costs? It’s almost as if we convince ourselves there’s some kind of business “Sugar Daddy” picking up the tab.