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Love_in_the_blue_sky“IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  This quote has been attributed to a variety of people, so I’m not going to pick just one.

It has a strong foundation of truth in it.  I do indeed love my work, and it’s totally changed my outlook on my career, indeed, the rest of my life.

But I don’t love it all the time.

And I don’t love every part of it.  There’s grunge work and boring parts and annoyances.

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THIS WEEK I’VE BEEN PONDERING the concept of delivering outrageous value for my clients.  This isn’t unique to coaches, of course – it’s something which can make any business stand out from the crowd.

For instance, I was speaking with the owner of an engineering product/services company.  That’s a bit dear to my heart, actually, since I started my career that way.

This company has great products, of course – highly technical, as you’d expect.  But that doesn’t really say much about the nature of the company.  Read the rest of this entry »

DO YOU PRAY for your business?Pray flower  I know that I’ve struggled with this question over the years.

In our society, we try hard to separate our religious lives on Sunday from our secular lives the other six days of the week.

But God has asked us to be focused on him at all times, not just for an hour or two.

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ROBERT REICHRobert Riech is one smart guy, and I deeply respect the fact that he appears to actually understand how the economy works.

So I noticed his recent article titled “The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism“.

He makes a powerful distinction between Shareholder Capitalism and Stakeholder Capitalism.  The former structures a business to benefit only the shareholders, while the latter incorporates other beneficiaries: customers, employees, and communities.

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DOUG, WYNNE and CORKIE ODELL started their brewery in 1989 in the outer reaches of Fort Collins.  Odell logoThe Odell Brewing Company is now one of the top craft breweries in the area, distributing to ten states in the region.

There’s a distinct passion for producing high quality beers.  But that’s just the beginning of the story.

I had the opportunity to speak with Karla Baise recently, the company’s community outreach coordinator.  This isn’t just a simple PR position, it’s actually a critical part of the company’s business strategy.

Here’s a great example:  When I met with Karla, she had a couple of ladies stop in with big bags of fresh herbs from The Gardens At Spring CreekRead the rest of this entry »

IHAD A CHANCE this week to speak with three people who, each in their own way, were influential in the creation of this blog.  This has been an important spiritual journey for me, in addition to the more visible discussions we’ve had.

This helped me realize how important is is to acknowledge where your foundation is.

For most people I speak with, this is almost entirely about the people in their lives.  Sure, I got into a great career and awesome company right out of college, which somehow set me up to be where I am today.  But I’m not going to fall into the delusion of thinking I’m “self-made.”

I think the harder you work, the more you realize how dependent you are on supporters around you.

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SOMETIMES I just love this job.

NovaMonda logoI was speaking with Rich Bradfield recently, one of the founders of Nova Monda Cacao & Chocolate in Lafayette, Colorado.  Of course I couldn’t fully appreciate what they do without trying some of their wonderful products, as dried cacao nibs, a couple of ganaches, a truffle, and then a chocolate bar.

The things I put myself through for my readers.

Nova Monda does indeed make some very special and exclusive products, but that’s just a tiny portion of the story of this company.

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