Do You Feed on Truth?

On May 22nd, 2012, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 2 Comments

There’s a lot of misinformation out there that confounds, confuses, and steers people off track. Be careful what you accept as truth. Just because it’s in print, on the news, or online doesn’t mean that it is true. Repetition doesn’t establish validity. Options are not facts. Here are a few ways to guard your mind..

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Who’s on Your Team?

On June 7th, 2011, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Uncategorized by 2 Comments

This is the bare minimum that you need on your team. The smart thing to do is to put them in place in advance so that when you have a need, your team is there to help. Your team members should work together as needed to make sure that your needs are met. If you’re missing one of these key people, ask someone you respect to give you a recommendation.

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We are on the Radio

On May 19th, 2011, posted in: E-News, Uncategorized by 0 Comment

TAO CEO Carolyn Brown was a guest on the “Business for Breakfast” show with Ken Morgan on Money Radio 1510 recently. It is always fun to chat live about our unique services. Ken and his partner Julie Dougherty, CFP, have been interviewing all of the finalists for the Better Business Bureau Business Ethics Awards. Money..

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What’s More Important: Having the Answers or Knowing the Questions to Ask?

On January 25th, 2011, posted in: E-News by 0 Comment

Are you one of those people who ask a lot of questions? I am! You don’t know what you don’t know! So ASK!! Please don’t assume. In doing our year-end planning and evaluation, we asked some questions that we hadn’t asked before: How will the way business happens change in the next 3 years? How..

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Do You Rethink?

On December 21st, 2010, posted in: E-News, Uncategorized by 1 Comment

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is my annual “Rethinking Week.” This is an idea that I learned many, many years ago from my friend and adviser Jim Cathcart. I take all aspects of my business and ask some critical questions: What worked this year? What didn’t work? How can we improve? What..

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Sometimes the Only Way to Win is Not to Play!

On August 17th, 2010, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

Everyone is looking for business. As we evaluate potential business engagements, here are a few questions to ask ourselves: Is this a good fit for the prospect? Does it solve their problem? Is this a good fit for our firm? Are we staying within our core competencies? Can we forge a long-term business relationship? If..

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Can you ask the tough questions?

On June 1st, 2010, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 2 Comments

Consistent improvement is one of my life goals. Over lunch one day, a friend of mine, Julie Kern, CPA, CFP, told me about three key questions that she posed to 3 people who knew her well.   – What do you see as my strengths?   – What do you see as my weaknesses?  ..

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