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Disrupt Yourself

March 19th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

“The only difference between a rut and a grave is depth.” – Ellen Glasgow Disruption is a trendy word. Start ups hope to disrupt an entire market. Mature businesses hope that something doesn’t disrupt their entire market. Disruption from those two perspectives has the potential to be good or bad. We recently had Mark Sanborn Read More…

Million Dollar Racehorse

Million Dollar Racehorse Standard

January 8th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

Zig Ziglar has a great bit he does on a million dollar racehorse. He asks his audience if they owned a million dollar racehorse, would they let it go out drinking half the night and eat junk food. Of course not. The horse wouldn’t win many races that way.   What a wonderful metaphor for Read More…

Trapped by the Business

Trapped by the Business

January 2nd, 2018 / Drew Hiss

It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation. Hard to put these two flicks in any sort of similar category other than “my two favorite Christmas movies.” Both for very different reasons (obviously)! For seven years of my life, I was the proud owner of a 40-foot diesel pusher. With that came many forms of levity Read More…

Can't Give

You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

November 13th, 2017 / Dan Cooper

As we head into the busiest time of the year for a lot of you, here is a public service announcement. You can’t give what you don’t have. I can already see the impact of the year on faces of leaders that are over worked, under slept, over burdened, under staffed, overwhelmed, and under resourced. Read More…


Consequences…Not Condemnation

October 30th, 2017 / Dan Cooper

I had a client who had a good manager make a bad decision. The manager (he) was starting to become a little close to a particular female employee. The employee handbook strictly forbid relationships between managers and their direct reports to avoid conflicts of all kinds. It’s not a crazy thing for people who work Read More…

Experiment with Boredom

Experiment with Boredom

October 2nd, 2017 / Dan Cooper

By abolishing any chance of being bored we have also lost the time we used to have to think and process. Greg McKeown – Essentialism When is the last time you’ve been bored? Bored … meaning that you were sitting mostly alone, still, in silence, with nothing specific taking your minds attention, and you began to wander around in your head. When I asked myself that the other day I could only think of Read More…

Epic Impact

Epic Impact

August 28th, 2017 / Drew Hiss

Our Acumen community (CEO’s/Owners and their top exec’s) had a unique chance to host and spend time with a very prominent founder and CEO. His retail behemoth now has nearly 800 locations and over 35,000 employees across the great states of America. Both he and his firm have become household names. Their firm remains a privately run family Read More…

Big Swings

Leaders take big swings, Managers make incremental changes

August 21st, 2017 / Dan Cooper

Some companies need tweaking. Improve customer service, decrease cost of goods, add a key player … and they experience growth and prosper. But what happens when you what got you here, won’t get you there? When you are seeing a shift in the market that gives you enough pause that you know you need to Read More…

What's Next

Confirmation in the Doing 

August 7th, 2017 / Dan Cooper

Have you ever been stuck in transition? You need to make a decision to move forward but are hung up with feelings of uncertainty and uneasiness.  Risk is everywhere and the next step will change everything going forward. Wouldn’t it be great if you could feel more at peace about your decision and have more Read More…


Care – An Overlooked 4-Letter Word

July 31st, 2017 / Drew Hiss

I’m a big fan of Patrick Lencioni. His books, teachings, and resources that sharpen leadership effectiveness, enhance teamwork, and accelerate organizational performance are some of the best of all time. One of my favorites is the timeless “Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” In his iconic “results pyramid” he outlines the importance of trust in the Read More…