2. September 2014

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Dan Kuschell | Let Mistakes and Failure Drive Your Success

Dan Kuschell | Mistakes and Failure Drive Success

Dan Kuschell | Mistakes and Failure Drive Success

Not too long ago, I was interviewed on a radio show. The host asked me: “Dan, what do you feel is your greatest factor for your success?”

First, it’s not easy to find one specific thing.

At the time, I shared what I believed to be one of my greatest strengths (and it also doubles as one of my greatest weaknesses):

My willingness to make mistakes.

In many ways, I feel like I have failed my way to success. In some cases I’ve failed so often, I’ve almost eliminated all options that wouldn’t work to leave the only remaining option that would work. Seriously. I’ve often felt like I’m a slow learner at some things—although wildly persistent.

The longer I’m in business, the more I realize that success is relative to each person and where they are in life. I realize that my approach may not be a fit for many. I’ve often been called a bull in a china shop because I’ve sometimes taken the approach: Fire! Get ready, then aim.

In many cases that approach has served me well, and admittedly it’s also caused some learning opportunities, aka mistakes, and some setbacks, too.
I’ve heard Dan Sullivan say that this is: “Extreme Market Research.”

Experience can be a great teacher, right?

But here’s the thing. In my career, I’ve had a chance to interview over 300 experts and industry leaders. I’ve also found that a common trait is the willingness of these experts and leaders to adapt, improve, and innovate in spite of any errors, mistakes, or what most may see as failures.

In fact, these leaders have an attitude that failure is not failure; rather, it’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve.

I was lucky in one respect, because I spent almost 20 years playing a sport I loved—baseball. And it’s a known fact that you’re considered successful when you fail 7 out of 10 times. That would give a player a .300 batting average. To put it in perspective, soon to be baseball “Hall of Famer” and New York Yankee, Derek Jeter has a .265 average this season—(well below his lifetime .310 average) and no one can consider him a failure!
And that’s the lesson for you today.

Be willing to embrace mistakes, learn, improve, adapt, and modify—but by all means, keep moving forward.

I’ve also even seen this approach work with Kira and Kyler (my two kids) who are 8 and 6. My wife and I had noticed that they seemed to carry judgment, embarrassment, or guilt around the mistakes they would make as it related to their schoolwork.

We chose to shift the approach, and instead of trying to get things ‘perfect’ we celebrated the things they did right, as well as their mistakes. Rather than pointing it out as a ‘mistake’ that is ‘wrong’ we have shifted the conversation to recognize that mistakes are simply opportunities to learn and get better.

They now open up even more with the things they’re learning and seem to enjoy it much more too…

If it can work for an 8 and a 6 year old, could it work for you?

Another way you can look at it is to take what Dan Sullivan calls the “80% approach.” You don’t have to get it exactly right.
Or as Jack Canfield says: “You don’t have to get it perfect. You simply have to get it going”.

Drive it 80% of the way, and then be willing to improve it as you go.

Now, granted, you don’t want to fly completely blind into projects or opportunities. Plan and identify:

• What’s most important to you?
• What would have to happen in order for you to have success?
• What’s the worst that could happen?
• What’s the best that could happen?

And then, lay out a few action steps and get started. You’ll learn more by doing than evaluating, analyzing, and being stuck on getting it perfect. Over-analysis creates paralysis.

Remember being in the sandbox as a kid? You had big dreams, big goals, and had fun. Open your mind to that childlike enthusiasm, without judgment, blame, or guilt. Now is your time!

Take action. Do your best, and ditch the rest.

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at dankuschell.com.

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26. July 2014

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Business Growth Revelation: Be Good To Yourself | Dan Kuschell

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In less than 14 days, I will celebrate my 45th birthday. Just a few years ago, I wasn’t even sure I’d make it to 40. I was your prototype workaholic and at the time had interest, equity, or ownership in 6 companies, and although that was a rush on one end, I found myself working near 80-90 hours per week, I was stressed, consumed by the businesses, feeling alone and isolated, and now looking back, had broken relationships (in some ways) with most of those closest to me…

And then I had a wake up call.

The late Stephen Covey taught the concept: “Begin with the end in mind”. In 2007, I lay on a hospital table and the doctor told me I had a 1 in x chance of dying with the procedure. For me, in that moment, I got to look at my life with the possibility of the end being very real.

That certainly got my attention…

Combine that with the fact that my son Kyler was born just 2 weeks earlier and I have to admit the main thoughts that popped in my head was: “Is this all there is?” 

I had built a certain level or type of success I thought I ‘should’ have, felt I was making a difference, and in one fragile day in October, I lay in that isolated hospital room on my back, with tubes running everywhere, completely vulnerable, scared, and unsure what the outcome would be.

I hope you never go through an experience like that, so I’d like to share a few lessons from that experience.

First, you should know that what Anthony Robbins has taught for years… “The past does not equal the future.” You can improve – in an instant…

Or as my good friend Joe Polish has taught for years, “In order to have a Breakthrough, you need to be willing to break something.” 

With that, here are 5-things, I challenge you to reflect on and do today:

#1 Be Good to Yourself (today and everyday)… 

Next, get out a sheet of paper and put some real time into the following:

#2 What is the legacy I’m leaving? 
#3 What do I want? 
#4 Who am I? 
#5 What do I stand for? 

My answers shifted everything for me, and I can’t say that everything since then has gone perfect, however today I am fit (I let go of 60 pounds), I have a great relationship with my kids (I’m blessed to spend both quantity and quality of time with them), I enjoy a relationship with my best friend and wife Tee, and I get to help entrepreneurs all over the globe.

Admittedly, I could have never done this on my own and I am extremely grateful for amazing family to transform almost every aspect of my life including my wife and best friend Tee, my parents, my sister and her husband, my ex-wife, my kids, and then Joe PolishDean GraziosiJerry Brodeur, Phil Mutrie, Paul, Kevin, Josh, Dr. Cristy Lopez, Richard Rossi, Eunice Dinero Miller, Chris Attwood, Janet Bray Attwood, Dan Sullivan and many more (too many to list) to thank for their leadership, support, and friendship.

Let’s face it, I’m blessed to have friends (or a team) like this to lean on, and as I choose to look at my experiences as nothing more than “chapters”,

Today, I live knowing I have so many more chapters to write and am extremely excited about the future!

I’m grateful for waking up today, knowing that everything I will do will be a small part of the next chapters, will be my footprints in the sand, and the breadcrumb trail for my amazing kids to look at down the road.

Dare to be great. Dare to be different. And most importantly ‘choose’ to do it being good to yourself. All it takes is you making the ‘decision’ of what that will be for you!

It’s time to “write the chapters of your life”. 

Be willing to break something today, and get the breakthrough you deserve!

Seize the day!

Dan Kuschell

 

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at dankuschell.com.

 

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5. July 2014

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Dan Kuschell | 5 Critical Traits and Abilities of Great Leaders

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Today we’re at one of the most exciting times in history. In the mix with all the advancements in technology, one of the key factors to stay ahead of your competition is to be a great leader and then develop those on your team with strong leadership capabilities. While technical skills are important they take a back seat to some of the most important skills as a leader.

Of course, communication and influence are essential and it helps to have the ability for you (and your team) to convey ‘the story’ of your particular company, product, and service. As important are the “5 Critical Traits and Abilities of Great Leaders”:

1 – Predict – Experience may be the best teacher, however a strong gut, street smarts, intuition and the ability to forecast are all important to navigate in today’s business culture. Great leaders have a built in ‘compass’ evaluating: What’s the best result of this decision? What’s the worse that can happen? What needs to happen in order for this to meet/exceed our expectations? What is the cost of doing it this way?

2 – Simplify – Visionary and driver type leaders are invaluable. The greatest skill or ability a visionary type leader can develop is taking broad ideas and being able to make it easier to understand. Some of the best leaders become great storytellers to share their ideas, concepts, and strategies. Some of the best storytellers are great leaders simplifying complex ideas.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said it best:
“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”.

3 – Delegate – The ability to delegate effectively seems to be a lost ‘art’. Unfortunately, through traditional education, we’ve been trained how to NOT do this well. With limiting beliefs around ideas like: “If you want something done right, do it yourself”, it’s difficult for developing leaders to entrust others to carry out a task on their behalf.

Here’s a simple strategy you can use to get even better at delegating:

A. Define the item you want to delegate.
B. Name the potential fear, risk, or worse case scenario by delegating the item.
C. Identify what will happen if you don’t delegate it.
D. Identify the risk of what will happen for the list you identify in B.
E. Identify what has to happen for your dilute, dissolve or eliminate the risk.

Follow and practice the process above and you’ll get great at delegating in no time.

“If you don’t know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.” - Malcolm S. Forbes

4 – Systemize – Great leaders typically have created organized structures and processes in their heads for what they and their businesses do. Getting it out of their heads and into a simple blueprint and framework is one of the critical steps for advanced business growth.

“If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” – W. Edwards Demming

5 – Availability – One of the often overlooked abilities of great leaders is that of avail(ability). Being present, ready, and having the power and energy to move forward despite the challenges and obstacles you face is critical. You can tell the size of the person by the challenges or obstacles it takes to knock them off track. The great one’s find a way to get through, over, under, and around their biggest challenges and inherently have developed a practice, habit, and ritual of being a problem solver and being ‘available’.

Show me a leader that scores high and then attracts, builds, and creates a culture centered around the traits and abilities to Predict, Simplify, Delegate, Systemize, and demonstrate Availability consistently, and I’ll show you a company staging for massive business growth, outperforming the competition.

Take steps today to hone your leadership skills and work to create a culture developing these traits and abilities.

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at prosperitybasedliving.com and dankuschell.com .

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3. November 2013

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Dan Kuschell | 10-Strategies for Maximum Business Growth

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10 Strategies for Maximum Business Growth

Big and small companies alike are always looking for simple ideas to increase their sales and profitability. Smart companies create revenue producing systems that work for them on virtual autopilot.

Here are 10-Strategies For Maximum Business Growth!

1 – Focus your efforts in Direct Response Marketing: This approach to marketing allows you to place an ad or create a campaign today and measure it’s impact in results by using a trackable device in the ad: like a phone number, website URL, or collecting an email address on a webpage.

2 – Begin with end in mind: As Stephen Covey teaches, you want to start with the end in mind and work backwards. In a direct response campaign, you simply look to build a system to generate leads that feeds to different levels of commitment in your products or services. Look at it like a ladder starting at the top and working down with the top being a free entry in exchange for the lead information, and the further down the ladder you go, the greater the value and price for your products and services.

3 – Create a low barrier of entry with very little friction for them to try you out. Giveaway a free report, audio, video delivered electronically. Make it compelling and offer value in what you provide. In fact, this is the place to give them your best ideas. The thought becomes: “If they gave me this much for free, I imagine the product or service I’m buying
must be awesome.”

4 – Systematize your business using the Wealth Formula.

A) Put yourself in a position to speak to large groups of people at once
B) Put yourself in a position to do the work one time and get paid over and over again.

5 – Use Risk Reversal To Persuade. Again, make your offer compelling and reverse the risk by making it virtually impossible to say no. One of the simplest ways to do this is to offer a guarantee.

6 – Find a Need and ______ it. One of the greatest lies taught in business is to find a ‘need’ an fill it. The most successful and profitable businesses actually find a ‘want or desire’, and fill it. It’s easier to give water to a thirsty person than it is to convince someone they’re thirsty.

7 – Create an Automated System Online to Generate leads. It’s smart, easy,
and profitable. Put these steps in place:

a. Create a web-page that gives away something of value in exchange for an email address.
b. Connect the registration to an auto responder that allows you to send messages
because they’ve requested information about your business.
c. After they register or opt in to request the information, put an offer for a product
or service in front of them. Whether it’s you product or service, or something that
complements your business, a certain percentage of people
will respond to the offer. For those you don’t, send them follow ups 2 to 3 times per week educating them on your business or industry while building a relationship.

8 – Focus on Long-Term-Value and Relationships. Whatever business you’re in, focus on building reputation and relationships versus transactions. Building relationships is smart and profitable in the new economy.

9 – You’re an Expert! Let people know it. Get involved in networking groups and events in your industry and community. Create a Top-10 List of things to Avoid in Your Industry and Write a Report. Self-publish a 50-60 page book about the ‘Best Practices in your industry. Get on local Radio Shows by simply purchasing open airtime on weekends. Use this positive PR to help spread the message and create a viral impact.

10 – Co-Publish a Newsletter. Find other experts in your industry or community. Ask them to write an article about a topic of interest. You coordinate the efforts and part of that requirement is to send it to their list of either email subscribers or mail. If 5 people each had a list of just 1,000 people and 5 people contributed, that would give you access to over 5,000 potential customers. Create exponential growth with additional newsletters or messages on a variety of topics and open a window of opportunity and profits.

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a love of strategic marketing and a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) with a desire to grow and learn, gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, and simplify, while avoiding the frustration of being in the day to day of your business and reducing stress.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at prospertybasedliving.com and dankuschell.com and

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10. April 2013

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Dan Kuschell | Grow Your Business With More Confidence, Clarity and Meaning by Applying the 4 ‘L’s…

Here are a couple questions to think about today…

Where in your life do you have the most confidence?  Where in your life is confidence lacking?

Where in your life do you have the most clarity?  And where in your life are you lacking clarity?

Ok, and where in your life do you feel you have the most meaning?  And where is it lacking?

And then finally, where in your life do you feel you are able to be creative and express yourself?  And where in your life is your ability to be creative lacking?

From everything I have learned, I believe that what brings you and I joy and fulfillment can be narrowed down to these 4 areas:

  1. Confidence
  2. Clarity
  3. Meaning/Value/Impact
  4. The ability to be creative

When we are at our best and ‘in the zone’ we are experiencing a greater level of joy and fulfillment and when we are not, we may find ourselves in a lull, dragging or even worse, in a state of depression.

If you’re looking for a way to improve the 4 core areas listed above, I challenge you to apply the ’4-L’s':

  1. Live – live each day to the fullest; seize the day.
  2. Learn – fall in love with growth, learning and change;
  3. Love – open your heart and mind to the people and things that matter;
  4. Laugh – have a sense of humor;  find the humor in anything;

And when you put these 4-L’s into place, you’ll find that you’ll tap greater personal power to be more confident, gain clarity, feel like what you do has meaning and value, and able to be more creative.

It’s refreshing…

I challenge you to practice the 4-L’s every day.

One of my greatest joys as a father, parent, and leader is to work daily to lead by example for my kids to show them how to apply the 4-L’s.   I believe the greatest gift are the footprints we leave behind for our kids and future generations.

I also want to give credit where credit is due… I didn’t event these.   They were inspired by the Great Jimmy Valvano from a speech I heard a few years ago.  When you put the 4-’L's in place, that’s a great day!

One of my good friends, Joe Polish says: “In order to get a breakthrough, you’ve got to be willing to break something.”

Be willing to break limiting beliefs, bad habits, and outdated rituals that don’t serve you and create new one’s that give you the ability to tap into your greatest potential.   You deserve it!

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a love of strategic marketing and a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) with a desire to grow and learn, gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward. Visit Dan Kuschell on Facebook or access Dan Kuschell resources here.

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11. March 2013

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Dan Kuschell | The #1 Insight For Maximum Business Growth | From Steve Jobs, Steve Forbes, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington And Oprah…

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Have you ever wondered why some entrepreneurs seem to grow, advance and innovate while others seem to fade away into the sunset?

Are certain entrepreneurs really smarter and better at what they do?   Do they really provide superior products or services compared to their competition?

This insight may shock you.  It’s certainly controversial.

In all the interviews, reviews, studies, and insights I’ve gathered studying the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Forbes, Arianna Huffington, Oprah, and dozens of others I’ve discovered they aren’t necessarily smarter or better than others…

What is it they do differently?

They are constantly asking questions about their business  that are different than their competitors.

Want to know what we found to be the #1 question they continuously ask?

Let me warn you.   It’s simple, yet profound.  It’s a question you can ask every day to drive new innovations in your business and life.

Here it is: Why do it that way?

Things change faster today than ever before.   For Steve Jobs, this question got him to look at the flaw in business Information Systems.  Bad Information In = Bad Information out.  While most Silicon Valley companies were happy with a term  called ‘variance’ (meaning that there was a range that an expense could be in), Jobs was fanatical on getting the exact calculation of expenses, production, and manufacturing costs in real time.

So while the competition was ok with the variance (and general range of the numbers) — because everyone else did it, Steve  Jobs asked a better question:  Why do it that way?

He was vigilant on getting accurate, relevant numbers, then demanded it, and built a dream team that helped him solve the problem.

One of the leading experts and thought leaders on business innovation, Joe Polish has said:

“Look to destroy things that are not excellent in your life.”

So - why do it that way?

One of Steve Jobs other innovations was looking at ways to simplify computing.  At first it was to shift from producing  hardware for tech heads to  making it available to the masses.  He constantly looked at the problem, asked the question and was vigilant in getting answers to solve the problems in multiple industries.

Steve Jobs may be one of the biggest innovators of our time, having transformed at least 5 different industries overall:  Personal computing, Animation, music, phones and mobile computing.  Granted, he did not invent ANY of these industries.

He asked a better question: Why do it that way?

He solved the problem and came up with the solution to get these products/services out to the masses and into your living room.

And, it doesn’t stop there.

Bill Gates, Oprah, Steve Forbes, Arianna Huffington, and dozens  of others have innovated and transformed industries by asking a similar question.

What new innovation can you make in your business by asking better questions?   What problems can you solve better than your competition, sooner than your competition?

Get ahead of the curve by being an inquisitive child.

At this point, my son is very young and one of his favorite  questions is:  “Daddy, why?

Take the childlike enthusiasm and get vigilant finding answers  and watch your business grow, build, and profit!

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are THE  source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a love of strategic marketing and a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) with a desire to grow and learn, gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward. Visit Dan Kuschell on Facebook or access Dan Kuschell resources here.

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25. February 2013

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Dan Kuschell | How To Build A Billion-Dollar Company | Business Growth Insight

INSIGHT #2: How To Build a Billion Dollar Company

What would it take to build a billion Dollar business?

First, it takes a BIG Goal – backed up by the right activities, habits and follow through.   If you want to build a billion dollar company, simply solve a $10 billion dollar problem.

If building a Billion Dollar Company is a little rich for you right now, then think of it this way.  Pick the number you desire in your mind that you would like to build, then focus on the 10-fold multiple of that number as it relates to the size of the problem you’d be solving.

In other words. If you desire to build a $20 Million Dollar Business. What is the $200 Million Dollar problem you would need to solve?

Anything worth doing is worth playing at a high level. What type of game do you deserve to play? Are you playing a small game? or a Big one?

It’s time to play a bigger game.

The only difference between you, Disney, Steve Jobs, Oprah, Bill Gates, or Arianna Huffington is that they started with a larger desire and then went after it with passion and persistence.

If you want to build a billion dollar company, solve a 10-billion dollar problem.

Think big. Dare to be great.

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16. February 2013

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Dan Kuschell Reviews | Business Growth Insight | 4-Keys for Quality Content

Business Growth Insight # 3 from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, (and more): 4-Keys For Quality Content

The biggest mistake that growing companies make is to revel in their past success and not focus on new, innovative, exciting content.  Or worse yet, they fall victim to the idea that quantity is more important than quality.

Content is King.

Most companies attempt to recreate and replicate their early success by creating and institutionalizing processes at the loss of quality, updated content.

What type of content?

4 Steps For Quality Content: (S.U.R.T.)

  1. It’s Solves a Problem
  2. It’s Useful.
  3. It’s Relevant.
  4. It’s Timely.

As time goes on, there is a tendency to become more focused on other activities like marketing, sales, and process management.   When content takes a back seat, you are sacrificing the creative juice, the core of the business and the message that really matters.

Apple seems to get it right.   They have created content that solves a problem,  is useful, it’s relevant, and it’s timely compared to the competition.  It follows the acronym: S.U.R.T. It’s not to say they are perfect either.  They’ve had their share of failures too.

Steve Jobs and Apple had an early failure called the “Lisa”.    Essentially, it broke the rules of the top 4 as it was outside of their expertise and perhaps it was a little ahead of it’s time.  That failure which almost derailed the company and took up the better part of a year, turned out to be a great learning lesson and may have been a major contributor for future (and Steve Jobs) success and business growth.

Short lesson: Balance creative quality content with your marketing, sales and process management for maximum business growth.

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10. February 2013

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Dan Kuschell | Reviews | Be Vigilant About Hiring A-Level Talent

INSIGHT #4: Be Vigilant About Hiring A-level Talent.

Nothing can make or break the vision and growth of a company faster than talent. Find a way to attract, hire, and keep A-Level Talent.

Use smart interviewing strategies to sift, sort and screen and acquire the right talent. Ask lots of questions.  Have your candidates come back for multiple interviews.  Almost anyone can make a great ‘first-impression’.  Few can fake it for 3+ interviews.  Check references diligently.

Before you start interviewing, write out in exact detail what you want in your ideal candidate, what they’ll do, and what you’ll pay.   Get clear on what you want.

The wrong hire can cost you ten or more times the cost of what you agree to in a compensation package.

Hire slow and hire fast.

If you’re a start up or looking for cost effective methods to attract A-Level Talent, follow the lead of what software companies have done for years.  Many of the most successful software and publishing companies were not financially solvent in the beginning and instead of offering salaries, they instead offered stock and growth opportunities.  Find a middle ground to hire smart and in a cost-effective way.   Consider incentives based on growth.

The greatest lie in busin ess today is that it:  “Takes money to make money.”

The reality is it takes creativity and creative resourcefulness to make money.

Get A-Level Talent on your Team and watch the results soar!   For Hiring and Interviewing Tips, visit David Jensen at Davidleejensen.com . He has a wealth of resources to help.

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8. February 2013

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Dan Kuschell | Build Relationship Capital For The Future

INSIGHT #5: Build Relationship Capital For The Future.

Network Today for the needs and desires you may have tomorrow.

Apple may not exist today if it had not been for the relationship Steve Jobs created with Bill Gates.

Did you know that at a time when Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy, Steve’s friend Bill (Gates) loaned him a large chunk of money to help out?

Bill loaned Steve over $100 million dollars. That’s some friend isn’t it?

Steve Jobs didn’t go to Bill Gates blind. They had a relationship.

Find the places where high-level people are at, and make a point to go there and contribute in some way.

Contribution matters.  Contribute to the right people and your return in many cases grows exponentially.

Masterminds, Coaching Type Programs, Associations, Volunteer Groups, Church Organizations offer some solid places to start this process.

Experts from all walks off life have paid a price in advance to open, create, develop and nurture relationships.

Today, more than ever, you can tap into the wealth and abundance through networking. Take the steps to build your relationship capital.

It may just be the greatest capital in long-term business success!

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