These are the best-kept secrets of building great teams

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Cozymeal is a cooking company that operates in San Francisco. It is revolutionizing team building activities by getting your hands dirty. If you want an exercise to bring your team together, call Cozymeal. A chef will come to you, armed with aprons and spoons. He has no set instructions, only creativity. He will help you mix ingredients and encourage you to socialize with other people. If you desire to transform your workforce from a group of people to a team, call Cozymeal. Many other companies are capitalizing on this need to bring people together to be more productive. How do successful leaders create world-class teams? …


What can a small town in Missouri teach you about business?

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What can a small town in Missouri teach you about business?

Let's find out.

Macks Creek is a small town located in southwest Camden County, Missouri, United States. According to the 2010 census, there are less than 300 people live in that small town.

For years, Macks Creek collected 85% of its total revenue from speeding tickets. In fact, the town had the most infamous speed traps in the nation. Their officers strictly enforced a 45-MPH speed limit along the narrow highway that divided the city in the middle. However, in 1995, Missouri passed a law prohibiting cities and towns from collecting more than 45% of its total revenue from speeding tickets. …


They are not all about business

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I once walked off a job interview because I did not sense that the hiring manager cares enough about his employees. He was offended and sent me a horrible email that I still read to inspire me to be a better leader. Little did he know that he would apply to work for me a few years later.

I interviewed him; unfortunately, I did not hire him. I say unfortunately because he worked on himself so much that he became one of the best leaders that I know.

I start with this story to emphasize two points, caring about your team members matters, and continuing to learn and grow is critical to your leadership. …


What If Does Not Work?

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I love helping business owners standardize their operations, and every time I help someone, their biggest concerns are: What if it does not work?

What if it does not work? If it does not work, we pivot, we evolve, we adapt, and we change. The purpose of standardizing your operation is to serve your customers better. By better, I mean easier, more reliable, and more accessible.

What if it does work? If it works, your customers win, and your organizations thrive, and your team member makes more money. …


Does your work make a difference?

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Providing value is a trendy term. Everyone claims that they want to add value, but few people can define value. The Easiest way to define value is by answering this question, “Does it make a difference?”

If you own a property management company, are you making a difference for your homeowners and home renters? If you own an insurance company, are you making a difference for your customers?

A difference could be an easier way to do business or a more reliable way to connect with your customers. A difference could be the difference between success and failure in your business.

Does your work make a difference?

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Get clear on your WHO, and everything else becomes easier.

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If you are a local business, you only need to attract less than 2000 customers to make your business extremely profitable.

If you have a nail salon, you only need to market for people who live within 5 miles radius from your store. If you can attract 2000 customers to do business with you six times per year and charge each person $40 (not actual price), you will earn $500,000 worth of sales per year.

If you have a local fast-casual restaurant, you only need to market for people who live, work, and play within 5 miles radius of your restaurant. Others might drive longer, but let's focus on 5 miles radius for your paid advertising. If you convince 2000 customers to visit your store 26 times per year and spend $11 (average ticket price), you will earn above $500,000 worth of sales. …


If you want to control your anxiety, here’s what you need to do

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My struggle with anxiety.

I immigrated to the greatest nation on earth a little bit over 20 years ago. Since day one, I have worked very hard for everything that I have had in my life. I subscribe to Rory Vaden belief that success is never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every day. I’m very driven, focused, and determined. Every morning before anyone else in my circle, I wake up because I’m motivated by an insatiable desire to be the best. …


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When Andria was drowning, she did not have time to ask the lifeguard for his qualifications. She wanted to be saved. She was a mother of two, her oldest was seven years old, and her youngest was four. She had a reason to live, her two kids.

The lifeguard station was about 50 feet away from her, and the lifeguard was staring at her to make sure that she needed help. He jumped into the water without questioning his abilities. He knew he had one job to do at that moment; he had to save the drowning mother.

When people are drowning, they can not be picky. They get any help they can receive. …


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Some people will always second guess your abilities, and that is understandable. The biggest issue is when you second-guess yourself. You know what you need to do, but you don’t do it because the voice in your head tells you that you are not ready yet.

I second guess myself often, and I work hard to learn to trust my guts. I know there are no metrics to measure intuition, but people who learn to trust their intuition tend to be more productive than others.

When my inner critic engages in negative thinking, I choose to think positively. I read, write, and reflect as an antidote to my internal critic.

What do you do when your inner critic second-guess you?

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Do not worry about motivation. Focus on commitment.

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If you want to be successful, do what you have to do even when you do not want to do it.

These small things that you do every day add up to create your future. Everything matters. Waking up on time matters. Reading 5 pages a day matter. Eating a healthy snack matter.

As a matter of fact, nothing matters to your success more than these small actions that you do every day. Twenty years ago, I used to be a server at IHOP, and an older man used to come in every day to eat his breakfast. He was 94 years old. Mr. …

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This blog focuses on personal & professional development for business owners. I solve small business big problems.

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