The Secret is Leverage

How is it that one person can be super-productive, appearing calm and collected, while the person at the next desk is swimming in paperwork and frazzled? The super-productive person has learned the secret of leverage.   

You Should Pick Up Pennies Too

Linda here. Walking across a parking lot last week I spied a penny on the ground.  I picked it up.  Picking up coins off the ground has been a long-standing pastime for me.  Money is money, whether it’s a penny, a quarter or a dollar.   

Are you an “efficient multitasker?”

Linda here. I’m the kind of woman who likes to get things done.  I can wash clothes, fix dinner and keep track of characters in my favorite Netflix series at the same time.  I can even browse Facebook and text my daughter on top of all that.  Efficient, right?   

I’ve had a #!%@#! day!

Linda here. We have all had them – a day that starts bad and gets worse:  The dog wouldn’t come in which made you late for work. In a hurry and fumbling for keys, you drop your phone on the driveway and crack the screen.  Your boss/foreman/assistant looks like she’s in a sour mood as you walk by.  Then lunch

How do you attract “Cream-of-the Crop” employees?

Linda here. A topic that crops up frequently in our CEO Roundtables is how to attract great employees.  The labor pool has plenty of average candidates, but businesses who want the best may have to brush up on the latest hiring strategies.   

How Will You Dent the Universe?

In high school I participated in speech competitions called forensics, as did many of my friends.  One friend had a speech impediment which made it difficult to understand what she was saying.  I often wondered what made Carol brave enough at 16, to speak in front of an audience and panel of judges.

Is The Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Linda here. I heard an interesting phrase last week: “The juice isn’t worth the squeeze”. It caught my attention because it could mean so many things. The context in which it was used was attempting to determine if trying to achieve a goal would be worth the effort. Said another way, would the reward outweigh the risk?   

Your Competition Isn’t Who You Think It Is

Linda here. When anyone starts a business, one of the first things their banker wants to see is their business plan. Every good business plan has a section called Competition.   

Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburger

Linda here. I’m a farm girl; on the Best Valley Dairy Farm, we milked Holsteins.  We often had our “favorite” cows, but when the industry developed the capacity to measure how much milk each cow was contributing, we were shocked to realize our favorites were not the producers who kept our farm in business.  Sadly, one of the few options

Are You Lucky or Are You Good?

  Dean Johnson, owner of Arcon Construction Company was my first boss when I moved to Mora.  The year I joined Arcon, he treated all the employees and spouses to a week on South Padre Island, to celebrate their best year ever.  I listened as Dean described growing his highway-heavy construction business from nothing to sales of over $30 million