Is your business sustainable?

By Jim Whitt When was the last time you saw someone using a Blackberry? In the not too distant past they were the king of the mobile phone hill. Now they are struggling to survive. They cut 4,500 jobs in 2013 and accepted a buyout offer from a private equity firm for only $9 a share. That’s how quickly things can change in the world we live in today. Blackberry is proof positive that your business could be on the brink of imploding and you might not know it until it’s too late. The window of opportunity is unforgiving in… Read More

April 23rd, 2014 at 4:48am

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Matt Dillon on leadership: If you behave badly there will be consequences

By Jim Whitt In the opening scene of an episode of Gunsmoke, Matt Dillon rides up on a peddler who is camped alongside a creek. When the peddler learns that Matt is a U.S. Marshall the following conversation ensues: Peddler: “Say, you aren’t after a bad man are you?” Matt Dillon: “I was.” Peddler: “Where is he?” Matt Dillon: “I buried him this morning.” I’ve found many lessons on life and leadership watching Gunsmoke. This particular scene offers a message that every leader needs to send to every employee in the organization: “If you choose to behave badly, there will… Read More

April 1st, 2014 at 10:44pm

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Eight elements of critical thinking

The following is a favorite of Noel Ledermann, one of our longtime readers. It was originally published October 18, 2006. Please let me know if you have a favorite you think is worth sharing again.   By Sondra Whitt   “I had always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it,” wrote Carl Jung, “and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way.” In a workshop on Critical Thinking that I recently conducted for a group of teachers, we… Read More

March 2nd, 2014 at 7:41pm

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The future belongs to contrarians

By Jim Whitt If you were going to build the largest hotel in North America, where would you build it? The logical thing to do would be to build it in one of the continent’s largest metropolitan areas. Maybe New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Florida. That would make sense, wouldn’t it? Find out where the most people need overnight accommodations and build a hotel big enough to hold them. But William Cornelius Van Horne didn’t choose New York, Los Angeles or Florida for the largest hotel in North America — he chose Banff. Banff? Yes, Banff — Banff,… Read More

February 19th, 2014 at 3:54am

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The brilliance of today’s success can blind us to the opportunities of tomorrow

By Jim Whitt When you walk into a fast-food restaurant, how long do you expect to wait from the time you order until you get your food? Five minutes? No, five minutes seems like an eternity in a fast-food place. Think about that — fast-food. It’s part of our culture. Where did the concept for fast food begin? Fast-food started when the McDonald brothers opened a drive-in restaurant in San Bernardino, California back in the 1930s. It had car hops and curb service. It looked like a scene from the movie American Graffiti. It took about twenty minutes from the… Read More

February 4th, 2014 at 9:41pm

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Business Building Workshop to Take Place in Tulsa

Two business consultants are conducting an event in Tulsa on Feb. 20-23 which they admit is not for everybody. Jim Whitt and Nathan Mitchell designed the “Riding for the Brand Business Building Bootcamp” only for serious business people who want to: • Attract, hire, and develop loyal employees • Increase employee productivity • Develop a long-range, sustainable business model • Structure your business to increase revenue and profitability • Effectively market business to attract loyal customers This intensive four-day event will provide attendees with the exclusive opportunity to experience the same proprietary process that Whitt and Mitchell use with their consulting clients. That principles involved… Read More

January 8th, 2014 at 10:28pm

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Too good to be great?

This is a favorite of Angie Youngblut, one of our longtime subscribers. It was originally published August 9, 2006. I think it’s a great message to share again in our first issue for 2014. If any of you have favorites you think are worth sharing again please let me know. Thanks Angie! By Jim Whitt Whenever I’m speaking I’ll ask the audience, “How many of you want to reach your full potential?” Every hand goes up. Now, I believe they mean it. They really want to. But I also know that when most of them walk out of the room they will… Read More

January 5th, 2014 at 1:58pm

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Giving what is most difficult to give: What Doc Lunsford taught me about Christmas

By Jim Whitt The following story about Doc Lunsford was published on December 23, 1991. It remains one of my favorites. So much so that I decided to make it a tradition and share it with our subscribers each Christmas. At a time when Christmas seems to have lost much of its meaning in our hectic lives, it is my sincere desire that this story about Doc would remind us of what we are truly celebrating. Have a Merry Christmas and a Purposeful 2012. We called him “Doc” – Doc Lunsford. I never knew how he came by the nickname… Read More

December 18th, 2013 at 11:46pm

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A prison of your own making

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: I was in a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking San Francisco Bay. A radiant sunset framed a silhouette of the Golden Gate Bridge to my left and to my right I could see Alcatraz, the former island prison which once housed such infamous criminals as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. How ironic. Here were two famous landmarks that symbolized both freedom and captivity. The Golden Gate Strait through which so many freedom-seeking immigrants had passed, leads… Read More

December 4th, 2013 at 8:41pm

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What if we all gave thanks for everything we have?

I was on the phone this week with Noel Ledermann, a longtime reader who told me that he has shared the following article with many people over the years. It’s one that reminds us of why we should be thankful this Thanksgiving. By Sondra Whitt In a workshop I facilitated recently, one participant was struggling to keep a positive attitude at work while she was surrounded by overwhelming negativity. While there were several helpful suggestions offered by different participants, she finally came to the conclusion that her best solution was to deliberately practice positive self-talk. She realized that she had… Read More

November 25th, 2013 at 8:56pm

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