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Oct 12

Should You Provide Quotations Every Time?

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A fellow in the plumbing business, who belongs to my business network, took me aside the other day to discuss a request to quote on about $200,000 of work by a member of our homeowners association. He asked me if I could share any insights that would help him provide the best possible bid. Unfortunately, the request for the quotation (RFQ) was made by someone who was not authorized to seek bids and was for work that would never be approved. My friend was grateful that I was able to save him considerable work on a detailed proposal that would have been a complete waste of time.

Oct 10

Political Signs

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As the campaign for president and other offices enters the final month, many people of different political persuasions want to promote their favorite candidate in their business.  I understand that many have passions for and against specific candidates.  However, when we bring political statements into our business; we act in a way that may adversely affect business.

Oct 07

When to Stop Advising

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We all have had conversations with others when we understand we’ve hit a wall, and we’re not going to get any further. This happens to me frequently as a consultant. When I reach this stage I have to quietly ask the Lord, “Is this a circumstance I need to back away from or should I continue to press harder.”

Oct 03

The Cost of Commuting to Work

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“Bob” contacted me to ask if he should buy new car or a used vehicle for commuting to work. He had a long drive to his employment that put 30,000 miles a year on his car just for getting to and from work.

Aug 10

Do You Brush Your Teeth?

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I know this is a strange way to start a blog. The answer is rather obvious.  However, sometimes I’ve worked with a client who does not invest time, effort or money in daily housekeeping activities. On these occasions when I feel I am not making any progress with these concerns, I startle them with the simple question “Do you brush your teeth?” They roll their eyes and often give me an offended stare.