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

4 Hiring Lessons Thanks to the New England Patriots

I often find that we can learn great lessons to apply to our leadership acumen in very odd places.  Such is the case in the murder conviction of NFL stand-out Aaron Hernandez. Although not personally involved in the trial or specifics, there are so many lessons to learn about common mistakes leaders often buy in Read More

Successful Hiring – What You Need To Know In Order To Do It Right

In a world of heightened competition to recruit and retain the very best talent, it is more important than ever to do it right.  Bad hires have always been costly, but in today’s workplace of increased competition and tight margins, one bad hire can set a company back one year or more.  Yes you heard Read More

2 Tips to Delivering The Difficult Message: The Critical Piece to Growth & Success

Criticism, opinions and its perceived outcome of conflict (or whatever word you feel comfortable using) is both beneficial and important in business, but unfortunately, is often seen as a “necessary” evil by those leading teams.   It is often avoided, minimized and sometimes negatively perceived, however without it, innovation and growth will be negatively impacted. Why Read More

3 Tips to Avoid Building A Team That Plays It Safe

I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. “My team has lost its zeal for innovation in exchange for safety and status quo. They used to challenge and really push but now it seems they stay in their cubicle and simply do their job.  What changed?” Although the specific causes for each situation Read More

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Killing Your Profits – An Intertwined View of Compromise vs. Negotiation

There are two business terms that have mistakenly become synonymous and an impediment to monetizing your earnings – they are Compromise and Negotiation.  This has become a negative trend currently in the market place as it relates to selling, monetizing value, and having the confidence to ask for and get what you deserved.  Why?  Because these two terms Read More

CEO Intel

Intel's CEO Elevating the Argument from Gender to Business!

CEO Brian Krzanich, during a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show last week stated,  “It’s time to step up and do more. It’s not good enough to say we value diversity … This isn’t just good business.  This is the right thing to do.” As if this wasn’t news enough, he went one step further Read More

Yes, It's a Business Issue … NOT a Gender Problem

This issue of women and technology is complex and can’t be addressed by simply encouraging or requiring leaders to hire and promote more women.   Quite the contrary as this approach alone will only cause resentment and further alienation.   As much as everyone would love a simple and easy-to-execute a solution, this one will take time, Read More

Value Alignment Is Critical to Long-Term Success

I heard an interesting statement recently – someone told me that sheep eat themselves lost.   Apparently what happens is that sheep, in their enjoyment of eating will walk from place to place with their heads down, not thinking to look up occasionally to see where they are.   Eventually what happens is that they finish eating Read More

Leaders Wanted – Heroes Need Not Apply

Somehow over time the notion that a leader must be the hero – looked upon as the one to rescue the drowning team – has become something admired and something many aspire to be.   Yet, true leadership is the very opposite. True leadership guides and develops its people in advance of an emergency so they Read More