The Protector

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: A business owner has to wear many hats. One of the most important is that of the protector. It is her responsibility to ensure that the company is adequately funded, that there is enough cash flow to sustain it, that all assets and…

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Planning For Success

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: A successful business is built through careful pre-planning and ongoing re-planning.  There are multiple plans that need to be developed for this to be effective. Developing a complete and often-updated business plan makes you review every aspect of your business and operations, as…

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The Importance of Storytelling

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Recently (July 2014) Tony addressed over 100 executives of some of the world’s largest companies at a conference in Boston, Massachusetts. His message was how to tell better stories so these executives could change the culture and operations of their companies more easily and effectively. Business…

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Perspectives On Competition

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: Business owners often have a misconception about their competition.  They see competitors as “taking a piece of the pie” or “stealing customers”.  This type of thinking leads to an attitude focused on destroying the competition and talking badly about them.  Successful CEOs recognize…

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Are You Capturing All Of The Value Of Your Business?

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: I (Tony) recently read an article about the value of company logos. The author shared how valuable these symbols were because they could instantly trigger a reaction in the mind of a consumer.  As I contemplated that I thought of all the value…

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Dealing With Down Time

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: Every business has down times, and many of them are completely predictable. Many businesses are in industries that are inherently seasonal. Accountants are slammed during tax season. Most toys are sold around Christmas, and gardening tools are sold in the spring. The businesses…

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Expanding Your Network

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: Many small businesses, and especially sole-proprietorships, are only as strong as the owner’s personal network. That is where the customers, marketing partners and vendors all come from. If this is your situation, there are 3 keys to growing your business: 1) market it…

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The CEO Mindset

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: Do you spend most of your time in the trenches, doing the dirty work and putting out fires?  In other words, are you completely engrossed in the day-to-day working of your business?  If so, there’s a good chance that you are limiting your…

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Self Assessment

© 2014 Vinny Ribas and Tony Bodoh for LeaderBridge™ Business Growth Insight: Many businesses fail to reach their true potential because the business owner lacks the knowledge, skills and/or experience to move the company beyond a certain point. Some owners never conduct an honest self assessment of themselves in these areas. Others are quite savvy and…

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Making Big Decisions

© 2014 Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas for LeaderBridge™ Recently I (Tony) made cinnamon rolls for my family for breakfast. I asked my daughter which one she wanted. She replied, “You choose.” I responded, “No, you have to make a decision for yourself.” She looked at me and said, “But its just a cinnamon roll!”…

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