Owning and running a business is probably a lot like learning to fly. The takeoff is not nearly as important as being able to continuously adjust to the conditions around you.
You have to be prepared for just about anything to happen by equipping yourself with the right people, resources, technology, education, and mental attitude.
There are going to be sunny skies some days, and strong headwinds and thunderstorms on other days.
Trust your instincts, serve with your heart, and listen to your inner voice. Seek advice from people you trust with values that align with yours.
I believe you have to be a living example of what you hope to share and spread to others in helping them to become their best self. In this world of texting, social media, and emails, I believe you still have to show up, be present, and learn to listen. Do not underestimate the importance of relationships.
Certain people are leaders for a reason. It is a lot like parenting in that some days it will be the most challenging thing you could ever imagine and then in the next instant, the most rewarding.
It is important to understand the impact you can have, positive or negative, if you take on the responsibility of leading someone else.
The power to make a positive difference in the life of another human being can have far reaching effects. You have to be respectful of that right and use it wisely.
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Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
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Inspirational speaker Chad Porter shares his story of turning a tragic accident that took him to the darkest depths into a rewarding career as a motivational speaker and business coach.
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Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder