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Articles by Chuck Violand
When the chief executive officer of a Fortune 500 company gives a speech on business, it tends to fill an auditorium.
If you’ve ever found yourself saying that you’d sell your company if someone offered you 20 bucks, then you’re probably experiencing a condition I refer to as the Entrepreneurial Paradox.
If you’re the owner of a business, here’s something your accountant wants to tell you but may be afraid to because he doesn’t want to risk losing his job: Stop using your business checking account as a personal piggy bank!
When we first launch our business, or when our business is young, it’s easy to stay hungry. After all, we’re starving!
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.