A Few Thoughts Regarding Sept 11th
A Few Thoughts Regarding 9/11 The events of 9/11 are seared in our collective consciousness. We all remember exactly where we were when the planes hit the twin towers. I was in Sarasota and remember watching George Bush being rushed across the tarmac to Air Force One. We then watched Air Force One t...
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A Seasoned Business Man
A Seasoned Business Man I recently had the pleasure to work with a seasoned Brazilian businessman who wanted to return to the United States to live. Relocating a family to a new country and preparing yourself for success when you arrive is certainly a full time job and it was a pleasure to watch a&h...
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Personal Evolution
Personal Evolution How do you get from point 'A' to point 'B' both personally and professionally? There are a number of books on this subject. There are motivational speakers, there are audio files you can listen to in your car and there college courses on the subject. But what does it really take? ...
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Updated Stats on Franchising
Updated Stats on Franchising Big news this month comes out of the International Franchise Association annual meeting in New Orleans. Attendance was near record setting levels with over 3500 franchise professionals learning from each other. The 2014 Franchise Business Economic Outlook Report was also...
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The Amazing Martha Matilda Harper
The Amazing Martha Matilda Harper Have you wondered about the history of franchising and who were the early players? Well, two weeks ago we had a wonderful opportunity to listen to Jane Plitt, an expert in the history of Martha Matilda Harper, the founder of Harpers Beauty Salon and the first practi...
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What Are You Thankful For?
What Are You Thankful For? It is that wonderful time of the year when we get to spend time with family and friends. There are so many things to be thankful. I thought this month would be a great time to put together my 'Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful'. Family - immediate and extended…...
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Richest Man In Babylon
Richest Man In Babylon As we discover knowledge, it always feels new to us; however, many of the basic tenants of wealth creation date back more years than most understand. 'The Richest Man in Babylon' tells a tale of wisdom discovered on clay tablets written over 8000 years ago. Why clay tablets? W...
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Make Things Happen
Make Things Happen Even though it may not feel like it here in Florida, summer is pretty much over. It is more than just kids returning to school; it is about a mental shift I see happening every year around this time. In the summer, the average person tends to be distracted. We intend to…...
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Reinvention and Career Change
Reinvention and Career Change A national magazine recently asked me to comment on changes we see in today's marketplace.  Specifically, they asked me to define the word 'Reinvention' as it applies to career change. Interestingly, 'Reinvention' is a word that leads a person to believe that it is pos...
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Is Humility the Key?
Is Humility the Key? A recent experience with a franchise candidate got me thinking about what characteristics are required to be a great franchisee. It is obvious that some people are cut out for entrepreneurship and franchising. Others simply are not. So what is the key difference? At first I bega...
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