What can you learn from Cree?

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast with Cree CEO Charles Swoboda.

Based in my home town of Durham, NC, Cree is a market-leading innovator of everything to do with lighting and a large company by any measure ($1.63 Billion market capitalization with 6,400 employees).  What most intrigues me is that Cree – and its CEO – remains entrepreneurial in its thinking, its culture, its actions even with its huge size. [Read more…]

Learn from Mattel – Wake Up to Your Business in 2015

shutterstock_241730578The Mattel Corporation, home of Barbie and Hot Wheels, is struggling with shrinking revenues and declining market share (similar to Coke, McDonalds, Hewlitt-Packard…).

As an executive or owner trying to create and maintain a sustainable business, what can you learn from them?

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Why Your Team’s Mistakes are Essential to Grow Your Business

Want to grow leaders who take real responsibility in your business?  Pizzeria Toro owner Gray Brooks shows us how in part 2 of our interview (go here for part 1).   Conqueror this and you begin to stop wasting the likely most under-valued resource in your business – your team.

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The team in front of their temporarily shuttered storefont. All the writing in the windows encourages passers-by to dine at locally owned restaurants. See part 1 of the interview to get the latest news on the fire and the planned re-opening.

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Banish the Deadly Boring Meeting

energy being sucked out of a meetingOh, the dreaded meeting.

Many of us spend a lot of time there.

When I ask people why they don’t like meetings I hear:

•    They’re boring.
•    They waste lots of time and are too long.
•    They take away from what I should be doing!
•    There is too much tension, too much drama.

Badly run meetings create organizational inefficiencies, negatively affect everyone involved, and suck productivity right out of the company.  What can be done to shift this negative pattern?

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How a Vision Can Transform Your Work Life

mount-kinabalu_1106_600x4501-300x225For anyone who aspires to accomplish a purpose, vision is the key to success.  As a business leader, vision is your lamp in a dark forest.

It helps to sustain a clear sense of direction, motivation, interest, effort and ultimately you and your company’s well-being.

Vision uplifts and protects from the confusion and dissatisfaction that so often characterize our lives and businesses, and leads us along a path of transformation. [Read more…]

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