April 20, 2020
Never Give In, Part II
By Chuck Violand Things were looking pretty grim for the people of Britain on the day Winston Churchill gave his speech at Harrow School. The outcome of the war was anything but certain. If something didn’t change soon, it appeared all of Britain would be speaking German before much longer. Yet there stood Sir Winston before a group of school boys with the unshakable conviction that the path he was on was the right one and that in the end he and Britain would prevail. In business, just like in war, there are never any guarantees of success. Starting a business doesn’t mean you’ll stay in business. Being in business more than five years simply means you beat the early odds. And sustaining profitable growth year after year requires commitment, a willingness to change, and a lot of paying attention to what’s going on around you. Don’t negotiate with adversity. Until Nazi Germany started dropping bombs on the heads of Brits, Neville Chamberlain’s government continued to try to appease Hitler. Churchill disagreed with this approach. As he put it, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” It’s no different in business. How often
April 20, 2020
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Think Like a Boss: The Employees’ 4 Step Guide to Improving your Work Life 
Think Like a Boss: The Employees’ Guide to Improving your Work Life  Chris McQueen    Your owner, GM, supervisor, and teammates need your help to lead growth, excellence, and opportunity in the company. There is no magic or simple way to fulfill your role. Quite simply, it’s work. But by following the principles below, your work will improve, the lives of those around you will improve, and you will find more enjoyment in your daily routine.     Boss Principles are a way of thinking about your job. The principles are about taking control of daily interactions, establishing a career, and working well with others. When you meet a person who has respect, success, and influence in any industry, it is likely they are someone who thinks about work like a Boss.   Boss Principle #1: Why?  Does your company have a purpose above the pursuit of profit? If so, what role do you play? Simon Sinek explores this topic in his book, Start with Why. “WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?”    While you may not know why your company exists, you should be able to define the role you play and how you can help to improve the lives of those around you through the work that you do. Thinking like a Boss starts