Rick Murray

The Fundamentals To Growing & Sustaining Your Small Business

With more than 60-80% of all U.S. jobs coming from the small business sector, it is easy to understand why ensuring their success is so vital. This week’s guest, Rick Murray, CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association, is not only providing critical resources and tools to AZ’s small businesses, but elevating the discussion to Read More

70% of Employees Say You Missed the Target about Culture

If you believe perks are a substitute for human intervention you have missed the culture target. I recently read an article about the four ways to make your people love you more – all ironically had to do with culture.  Not one had to do with process or hard skill development.  In this day and Read More

5 Steps to Rightly Position Your Market Value

For most of us telling others (especially those in leadership positions) about the value we bring to an organization doesn’t come naturally.  Yet it is a skill that we must develop in order to meet our career goals and ultimately find fulfillment in what we do.  Why is it then that we avoid it until Read More

Culture is More Than Words On A Wall

Research shows that up to one-third of your company’s financial performance and health is directly related to the culture of the company. This statistic is rather sobering in terms of its impact vs. the amount of time and dollars typically devoted to building a strong culture.  I believe, for many, the ambiguity and the nebulous Read More

Are You Positioning Your Emerging Leaders for Success?

I find that emerging leaders, as a whole, are the most fascinating cohort in business today.  Their position within the company, their responsibilities, and their impact to success makes them one of the most complex and difficult places to reside.  Ironically, it also places them in a tremendous position to drive company-wide success and quickly Read More

You Simply Can’t Afford Even One Bad Employee

I always ask the small business owners we interact with the following question:  “How important is it for you to have a fully engaged workforce?”   As you can imagine, the answer is always the same.  “It is absolutely important.   We are too small and have too much going on for anyone not to pull their Read More

Too Busy NOT To Communicate

Our work lives are chaotic to say the least.  Many days we hit 2pm and wonder if we’ve eaten, taken a drink or paused just to exhale.   No longer are we able to execute successfully by working in an independent fashion, but rather it seems our success is inevitably tied to someone else’s performance. We’ve Read More