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The Right Way to Receive Criticism if You’re a Leader

A business owner once told me she had to let go of an employee for creating a toxic work environment. This employee had been sharing personal complaints about the owner with coworkers, rather than bringing them up directly with her. It soon became popular to talk behind the owner’s back, and before long, the circulating negativity caused a rift between her and the team. Obviously, morale and productivity suffered greatly.

Was this employee a liability? Definitely. But there’s also more to the picture. It’s possible that this business owner created an environment that discouraged people from speaking their mind productively.

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Embracing Failure is the Key to Success with Brian Scudamore

I’m thrilled to share the newest episode of the Let’s Talk Business Podcast with you. I interviewed my friend Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the banner company for mega-brands including 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING.

Brian is no stranger to growing a business; his brands are household names around the world, grossing over $400 million collectively. He’s also no stranger to failure; he speaks openly and humbly in the interview about how his own failures were springboards for his success.

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Listen to What You Just Said

A few months ago, I was experiencing a challenge in my business; I had been going back and forth on different possible solutions, but when all was said and done, I felt stuck.

A few weeks into this challenge, I got a call from a friend and fellow business owner. He asked me for my advice on an issue he was having in his own company and wanted my opinion on what the best path forward would be. The answer seemed pretty clear to me, and I guided him the best I could. After about 25 minutes of talking, we hung up the phone.

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Are You as Effective as You Want to Be?

Two lumberjacks were competing in the finals of the annual lumberjack competition. One was older and more experienced, the other a younger and stronger lumberjack. The rules were simple: Whoever can fell the most trees in a day, wins.

The younger lumberjack, full of enthusiasm, immediately got to work. He could hear the other lumberjack in the distance. At regular intervals, the sounds of trees being felled would stop. The younger lumberjack grew even more confident, because he knew that meant the older lumberjack was taking a rest, while he had the stamina to keep going.

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