Posts by Philip Struble

Celebrate Success

What are you celebrating today? My company just added a new client for whom we’ll be designing residential projects. They are not just any client, but a nationwide, progressive and innovative company that will challenge us.  They are the kind of client that everyone wants to work for and my team now has that opportunity.…

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Decision-Making

Who helps you make decisions? Best Decisions I enjoy researching and writing about decision-making. This is one topic that, regardless of the years of experience, there is always room for improvement. I recently came across an interesting perspective[1] on decisions that suggests that the best decisions are not based on experiences, material goods or personal…

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Your Stress

What is stressing you today? Part of being an entrepreneur and small business owner is to live in a world of stress. Managing Stress I have come to manage my stress with two different, yet compatible approaches. Deal with It In my business world I know I’ll always have stress, just like every other businessperson. …

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I Disagree

One of my favorite parts of my job is to interview potential employees.   During those interviews, one of my standard requests is for the potential new hire to tell me about a disagreement they had and how it was resolved.   More applicants than not attempt to convince me that they have never had…

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Bottleneck

Bottlenecks do have beneficial uses.   I’m reminded of this every time I’m driving and trying to drink coffee from a regular coffee mug.   Coffee splashes over my console and down the front of my shirt.   On the other hand, I have no problem drinking from a bottle of water. With the narrow opening,…

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Your Discomfort Zone

We are all amnesiacs. To our peril, we constantly forget some of our own best lessons. Discomfort Equals Progress I understand the appeal of stories of how guys like Mark Zuckerberg and Sir Charles Branson got out of their comfort zone and found amazing success. We enjoy reading about the success stories of these ultra-successful…

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Outside Help

Bill Joy, the founder of Sun Microsystems, is credited with saying, “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people don’t work for you.” For big, ego-driven corporations, that is often a painful saying. For us entrepreneurs, it is a daily reality. When Do You Need Help from the Outside? Early in my career,…

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Silence

“Speech is silver; silence is golden.” – Thomas Carlyle, English poet Imagine you are a teacher leading a group discussion on a particular subject.  At one point in the lecture, you ask the class a question. No one volunteers an answer. So you, as the teacher, continue to wait, and wait, and wait. The classroom…

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Self-Doubt

Do you occasionally question whether you are cut out for running a business? Do you wonder if your innovative ideas will ever become popular? Do you think back on past choices that lead you to be an entrepreneur and question if you made the right choice?             If you have not had moments of…

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The Leadership Choice

You’re given a long-awaited promotion. This new position is exactly what you are dreaming.  You are climbing the corporate ladder, and finally, you get to start enjoying some of the perks of being in management.  You have worked hard for this opportunity, and you’re not going to miss it. First Step So, what is the…

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