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No Matter How You Slice It – Giving Value Builds Business

John Ruhlin

John Ruhlin Giftology

Growing up on a farm can teach invaluable lessons. John learned this was true while living on his 50-acre family farm outside of Canton, Ohio. One of five children, his step-father worked treating waste water while his mother worked full-time


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Purpose, Leadership and Security – Your Why is Just the Start

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek Start with Why

It’s hard to tell how one’s childhood experiences will impact their life. By example, some children whose families move a lot during their childhood feel enriched by the experience. Others feel a sense of detachment, of not having roots. Simon


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Learn It, Do It, Give It Away – Meet Clay Mathile

Clay Mathile

Clay Mathile Iams Founder

One can learn a great deal growing up on the family farm. Such was the case of a boy named Clay, the eldest child of Bill and Helen, owners of a forty acre farm in Portage, a small town in northwest Ohio.


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It’s a Cinderella Story!

Bill Murray

He was the middle child – number five out of nine.  As a youth, he enjoyed reading books about heroic figures in American history. Being born and raised in Chicago, there was an endless list of local heroes in the four major professional


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Building a Brand With PURPOSE

Corey Jahnke

There were some very noteworthy events in 1966 – the U.S. began an aggressive escalation of military in Vietnam while anti-war protests grew exponentially, Indira Ghandi visited the U.S., the Miranda warning became law, Surveyor 1 landed on the moon


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Ready, Set…Grow! – Your Value

Dondi Scumaci

She was born in Oregon, into a family of ranchers and farmers. Her parents had moved to the city to raise her, believing they were providing her with opportunities they had lacked having grown up on farms. Ironically, her desire


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Is Your Brand Worth Spreading?

TED Talks

In 1949 George Orwell published a book which portrayed a world under the oppressive rule of a privileged party with a tyrannical leader known as “Big Brother”. Individualism and independent thinking were deemed criminal in the name of a ‘greater


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Humility – A Not So Surprising Key to Success

John David Mann

The Musician. At the age of thirteen, in response to a request from his mother, he wrote his first serious musical composition. Not, as one might expect,  for his school pageant – but for a theatrical production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound. His music was


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How to Create A Concrete Branding Experience

Ted Drewes

It’s a hot, humid summer night – a large bustling crowd surrounds the small white building on historic Route 66 in St. Louis. The building is illuminated – with its distinct dormers clearly visible in the dark of the night


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What Is a Fearless Brand?

Five Essential Elements

Helping people to understand  the power of  branding is at the core of my own brand – my value proposition – and I began writing my Friday’s Fearless Brand series to do exactly that.  In my opinion, any effective learning


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Bob Burg

To many he is known as “Mr. Go-Giver”. Together with John David Mann, he co-authored The Go-Giver, an international best-selling book. In it, they put forth the premise that focusing on giving – vs getting – is a profitable way to live.


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The Go-Giver

“‘Does it make money?’ is not a bad question. It’s a great question. It is just a bad first question. It starts you off pointed in the wrong direction. The first question should be ‘Does it serve? Does it add value to others?’ If the answer


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FEAR

You may find it ironic – but fear is fearless. Fear will impose itself in virtually any situation or place. Fear often shows up when it is least expected. Simply put, we all experience fear at some point. Those who say they


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Achieving Success or Five Steps (+1) to Paradise

Recently I was sitting on the veranda of a bungalow in Sri Lanka. I was taking in the scenery – beautiful greenery, flowers, the pool – all of the rustic serenity this retreat resort provided. Warm breezes carried the sounds


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Five Key Factors For a Truly Authentic Brand

The first and most important plank of building a ‘Fearless Brand’ is to be authentic. This is true for any brand – your company, goods and/or services – but especially true for your personal brand. Your personal brand is ‘in


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Want to grow your business? STOP Networking!

Stop it. Stop networking. Really! Instead, I urge you to start building a network. What the heck is the difference? Aren’t they the same thing? Glad you asked. You are correct, the purpose of networking IS to build a network.


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How’s Your Receptivity? 7 Pitfalls to Avoid

The Law of Receptivity might be the most challenging of The Go-Giver’s Five Laws of Stratospheric Success. This could be why the authors – Bob Burg and John David Mann – deemed this to be the fifth, and final law


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A Lesson in Influence from Aesop…

I very much enjoy fiction and perhaps that explains, at least in part, why I’m drawn to business books such as “The Go-Giver”, “Getting Naked” and “Who Moved My Cheese?”. Lessons are often much more clear to me when presented


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Personal brands do amazing companies make…

One question I’m often asked is “Should I focus on my personal brand or on my company brand?”. My answer is always an unequivocal YES! If your personal brand and your company brand are out of synch…if they are not


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TGGR – From a philosophy to a brand…

“Shifting one’s focus from getting to giving; in this case meaning constantly and consistently adding value to peoples’ lives, is not only a nice way to live life, but a very financially profitable way, as well. ”  Bob Burg The


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The Go-Giver Retreat – Even more nuggets…

Have you ever been to a conference touting terrific speakers? Have you ever gone home thinking that at least one of the speakers left you wanting more? I have. Actually, I have at every conference I’ve attended…until The Go-Giver Retreat


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The Go-Giver Retreat – Sharing the wealth…

Spending five days in West Palm Beach, Florida in April was something I was really looking forward to.  Sunshine, beaches, great restaurants and a relaxed attitude all sounded terrific and hey, I deserved all of that! 🙂 Add to that


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Leave the card counting in Vegas…

The movie ’21’ is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. It was a very entertaining movie with a great cast that


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Success, Happiness and All That Jazz…

“Laisse les bon temps rouler!” If you’ve spent anytime in New Orleans you’ve heard this saying. Translation? “Let the good times roll!” South Louisiana is in my blood – literally. With a father born and raised in New Orleans and


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