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JDOG JUNK REMOVAL is a fascinating new business here in northern Colorado.  I had never heard of it before, so I was surprised to find out that this rapidly-growing franchise operation is already at 73 locations around the country – and counting.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Lewis this week, the new owner of the local franchise that opened in February 2017.

What’s amazing is the mission behind this company.

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IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING the local business news, you may have heard that the Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy Report has now been released for northern Colorado.

If you have employees, or need employees, there’s some very sobering news. Read the rest of this entry »

THIS IS AN AMAZING, wonderful day for Christians.  But if you don’t have a particularly Christian business, why is this important?

Because we’re real people.  And our employees.  And customers.

The human things matter.  It’s not like business is a machine we can set in the corner and ignore.

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fearWE SPENT THE LAST SIX MONTHS focusing on, and often dreading, the outcome of the US presidential election.

There really was no reason to be paralyzed, but it seems that’s where a lot of business owners went to.

So it’s time reflect.  In business, stuff constantly changes.  New competitors come on the scene.  Technology advances.  Regulations shift.

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FARNSWORTH GROUP is a very special kind of company.

A few months ago, they were recognized as a Great Place To Work, an award that isn’t at all easy to obtain.  But in a very real way, it’s something they’ve been working on for their entire history, over 110 years.

Many people equate a great place to work with the high-tech snazziness of foosball tables and idealistic millennials.  But here we have an engineering and architectural company with an honored history spanning multiple generations.  Their focused innovation is inspiring.

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chatterWE ALL HAVE THIS CHATTER going on in our minds all the time.  It’s part of being human.

But not always useful.

The problem is that it’s constantly influencing your attitude and those around you.  It can destroy your effectiveness as a leader.

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careDO YOU WANT PRODUCTIVITY?

Here’s the simple truth of the matter.  You can’t beat people into being productive, at least not for long.

People put their passion and energy into what they care about, not what their boss cares about.

Sounds hopeless?  Well, there’s a solution.

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cvdl_logo_118x188THE CENTER FOR VALUES-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP has just opened up for applications for the next cohort of their PhD/DBA program.

You might remember that I talked about this program earlier this year when I had a chance to meet the leaders.  It’s exciting because it’s customized specifically for senior executives who are designing their companies around solid, powerful values.

So check out the executive doctoral program in values-driven leadership and apply by November 1 2016.

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buckstopsherefrontsmallYOUR PURPOSE AND VALUES drive everything you do.  Fantastic!

But what drives it over time?  What keeps you from getting distracted by the pressures of the day and communication difficulties?

What often happens is that only one person is truly accountable to the vision: The founder.  But is that person involved in every decision and discussion?  Not if you’ve grown to any size.

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PuzzleJUST TODAY I was speaking with a business leader who has some pieces of their purpose and mission, but not the whole thing.

This is more common than you’d think.

Here’s what it might look like.  You started your business five years ago, with some thoughts about where it might go: Read the rest of this entry »