Don’t let the need for Cash today wreck…

EDITORIAL - What’s a killer for many small businesses? It is the need for cash, which can be an overriding factor in many business decisions dealing with customers. The attitude of “make whatever I can…

Questions Successful Innovators Should Ask

EDITORIAL - Asking a lot of questions is one behavior that successful innovators share. Instead of just rushing to take action, posing questions helps you crystallize the entire innovation process by improving your ability to…

The Philosophy of Leadership

EDITORIAL - In a talk at Stanford Graduate School of Business, former General and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed his philosophy of leadership.  These are great points for small business owners, and us all. 1. Successful leaders…

It Takes Something Special to Standout

EDITORIAL - I read about a hotel in New York, the Soho Grand, that provides its guests with a goldfish (for those who want them) upon arrival. Interesting gesture, different and unexpected, and a bit odd, but…

Boost Performance by Managing Mindfully

EDITORIAL - Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things. Paying attention to what’s going on around you, instead of operating on auto-pilot, can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. To be more…

Three Elements of Small Business Success

[audio mp3="http://valdostatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Harping-on-Business-030514.mp3"][/audio] March 5, 2014 There are a myriad of factors that play a role in success for small businesses. Some are more important that others and can be internal or external, or a combination…