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You are contagious. Choose wise emotions to infect your team.

September 18th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

It was the day before the three partners were going to our lawyer’s office to finalize our partnership separation. It was up in the air about who was going to own the company at the end of the meeting. A few of my key leaders knew the situation and were understandably anxious. At this point Read More…

How To Be Shrewd With Your Email

September 11th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

“I reply to my emails within 10 minutes if not sooner. My team loves it. My clients always know that they come first.” “What? That’s ludicrous. I see why your team and clients like it, but how do you run your company that way? Do you do anything but put our fires?” “Uh … “ Read More…

Discouraged? You can Leave or you can Lead.

September 4th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

I usually write to the CEO and the Owner. Today, I write to you as a part of the team, a parishioner. I’m discouraged. My faith is being discredited by our leaders at a furious pace. As a Catholic, I’m sad, appalled, and angry at the impact men, placed in high trust positions, took advantage Read More…

To Speed Up and Get Better Results, You have to Slow Down

August 29th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

The old adage of “wherever you go, there you are” is certainly true. When you are going 1,000 miles an hour and earning your Busy Badge, you may not be working towards real progress. I’ve worn that badge before, going quickly and productively, but not intentionally. As CEOs and owners of businesses, you can be Read More…

How to Improve Company Culture without Breaking the Bank

August 14th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

How to Improve Company Culture without Breaking the Bank Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 John Ramstead was at our Advance Leadership Workshop event yesterday. The community received excellent leadership training and equipping from a former Navy Top Gun pilot who also happens to have Read More…

Suicide Sucks. Find a circle.

August 8th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

Suicide Sucks. Find a Circle. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17 A family member committed suicide about seven years ago. It was the first time I saw suicide from the inside. There was a letter, a plan, and no hope. We had the Read More…

To Owners Who Want to Offer Equity: Owner Beware!

August 1st, 2018 / Drew Hiss

To Owners Who Want to Offer Equity: Owner Beware! We had yet another discussion in a monthly Acumen team regarding a strained partnership. It was a classic case of miscommunication, false expectation, finger-pointing, lack of communication, clarity, and uneven value working in the business. Equity ownership shouldn’t be taken lightly. My business partner (notice the Read More…

Do You Make These Mistakes When Texting Your Team?

July 24th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

Do You Make These Mistakes when Texting your Team? Have you added texting to your media mix when you communicate with your team? Leaders are embracing texting over other mediums to connect and execute due to the ease and “right now” feel. It’s also ruining your team’s engagement with you. Like any other medium, there Read More…

Guard Your Heart

July 17th, 2018 / Drew Hiss

Solitude>Gratitude>Attitude>Altitude. In my previous write up, I confessed that I didn’t have an attitude switch… and that if I sought “altitude”, a healthy attitude would be essential. Hoping by now that you are beginning to soar and that you are experiencing new levels of “altitude“ in your life, heart, and soul! If you haven’t figured out Read More…

Grati’tude

July 10th, 2018 / Drew Hiss

Solitude>Gratitude>Attitude>Altitude. In my previous write-up, I confessed that I didn’t have an attitude switch… and that if I sought “altitude,” a healthy attitude would be essential. 4ti‘tudes part II was devoted to solitude. Now on to gratitude! I’ve found gratitude to be the true source of joy in my life. I personally have a difficult time holding Read More…