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Courage Required

By Brett Stewart

I like racing, any kind of racing. If the goal’s to get there first, I’m in.  I’m also a bit of a redneck, so it’s no surprise that I’m a big NASCAR fan. Yes, for the last 25 years I’ve spent Sunday afternoons in a weird trance watching people go fast and turn left. I…

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Strong Company

By Brett Stewart

If you want a strong company, you’re going to have to stress it. Think of the way the human body grows stronger: when stress in the form of exercise or hard work damages muscles, internal systems respond to fix the damage and make the muscles stronger than they were to begin with. Or as people…

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Clean Company

By Brett Stewart

We have a saying in the mountain bike world: “Clean bike outside, dirty bike inside.” Mountain biking is messy. A few hours in the woods and the bike’s covered with mud, sweat, maybe even blood. One solution is to break out the high-pressure hose and blow away all that messiness, leaving your bike shiny like…

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The Creative Routine

By Brett Stewart

The creative routine That must a typo – routines are creativity killers, and creative people don’t follow routines. Right? Wrong! In his book Essentialism, Greg McKeown points out how routines, by preventing us from spending our limited supply of discipline and energy on making the same decisions again and again, give us an “energy rebate”.…

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Assess Your People

By Brett Stewart

Number 4 in a Series of 4 When you have your Accountability Chart and Core Values defined, you know the answer to two very important questions: 1.      What needs to be done? 2.      What kind of people do we want in our organization? Armed with that information, you can move to the third discipline of…

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Clarify Your Core Values

By Brett Stewart

Number 3 in a Series of 4 Once you have addressed the Structure in Your Organization, the next discipline is Clarifying Your Values. You might take issue with that statement, because you think the first thing you should do is develop your values, but please don’t do that. Starting with Values is like putting a…

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Structure Your Organization

By Brett Stewart

Number 2 in a Series of 4 In our first installment, we discussed how casting a clear vision and bringing your people and systems into alignment with that vision unlocks both the business success and personal life that you desire. With that vision in place, the first step to regaining control of your work and…

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A Business Framework That Will Change Your Life

By Brett Stewart

Number 1 in a Series of 4 I was sitting in the room with my newest client, seven tough, fun-loving leaders of a very successful construction company. They had just finished their best year ever, crushing previous revenue and profit records, and had engaged me to help them get to the proverbial “next level”. You…

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7 Questions for an Outstanding Year

By Brett Stewart

There’s a lot going on in business. Your to-do list is a mile long, and tasks come on quicker than they go off. But there’s good news: you don’t have to go through another year overwhelmed by “the list”. You can get what you want from your business this year, and it all starts with…

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