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Tony Richards
Columbia, MO
marketing consultant, speaker, writer, coach, business enthusiast, Christian
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There is nothing so unpardonable than to consent to a senseless, aimless and purposeless life- Helen Keller Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Keep a journal, your life is worth recording Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are about making them feel good about you- Dan Reiland Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Reprinted from the 3-1-12 edition of the Columbia Business Times: The word vision comes from the Latin word visio, which means to see; but it’s is so much more than physical sight. Vision is an awesome thing when used correctly, because as human beings, we’ve been given the ability of imagination. Imagination essentially allows us to “envision” things differently than they currently are. Isn’t that an amazing gift? A vision is a picture or idea you have in your mind of yourself, your business, your life, etc. A clear vision helps you pursue dreams and achieve goals; it’s your own... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul- Simone Weil Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Important Synergy: A term widely used in business to explain an acquisition that largely makes no sense Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Leaders often ask me “in terms of getting my people to work together to accomplish something big, where do I start?” Here are some culture power-plugs to ponder: Make sure everyone has a chance to make a difference Will everyone make a difference? Probably not. Not everyone will step up to be a leader; some will be content to be followers. That’s ok. Don’t judge them. You need followers. Do not make them feel bad. Your job is to make sure everyone has the chance to make a difference and take a leadership role. Everyone becomes a customer and sales... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
If you’ve been somewhat successful in your chosen field of endeavor, probably at sometime or another, someone has come to you seeking advice. If you provided advice they could apply and they liked, they probably came back at some point to drink from that well again. Over time, with no formalized program or process, they perhaps even considered you a mentor. Leading, Managing, Coaching and Mentoring are all quite different in their structure, approach and outcomes desired. However, rather than expounding on those differences, which I really should do in future writings, in this piece, my goal is to keep... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
We are always getting ready to live, but never living- Ralph Waldo Emerson Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Being yourself does not mean ignoring the impact you are having on others around you. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Today, Tony Richards talks about creating a common bond and goal among your team members. In sports, every team needs another team to be a rival, everyone needs a competitor they want to beat. What can you create that everyone feels is in their common interest to strive toward? Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
This week on Clear Vision TV, Tony Richards continues with his Leader’s Checklist. This week, he discusses the elements of building a team, including ranking your team members as A, B or C players, according to their skill and potential levels. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Do you ever wonder what kind of feedback you would get on your leadership if your employees or followers could actually talk straight with you and provide you with their thoughts? Rather than spend time dealing with all the "wishes" and 'wants" your employees would say or what they might think could make things better or what things you do could do better, I thought I'd provide you with a target list of things you could use to initiate goals for yourself in order to have better leadership performance and better comments from your people. The Target List Of What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Self-love is not only necessary and good, but it is a pre-requisite for loving others- Rollo May Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Leadership is the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence- Bernard Montgomery Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
It’s not the position that makes the leader, it’s the leader that makes the position- Stanley Huffty Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail- Harold R. McAlindon Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Remember all great ideas were first ridiculed Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
The 3rd Women's Empowerment Seminar is coming on Saturday, March 3rd at The Neighborhoods by Tiger Place. Ann Marie has a mission for Christian Women to EMPOWER them and encourage them to be all they are called to be. She has a powerful program planned. We hope to see you there, please follow the link to pre-register for the seminar. You can pre-register here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Here are our top picks for the best leadership and business growth reading this month. Collaborate: The Art of We by Dan Sanker Dan Sanker is the founder, CEO,and president of CaseStack, a company that has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine, Entre-preneur, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Under his leadership, CaseStack has been chosen as "One of the Best Places to Work," and is noteworthy for its innovative technology and collaborative relationships. Sanker has held leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Nabisco, Deloitte, and KPMG.He has been published, quoted, orprofiled in numerous... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Give energy to things that give you energy Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
This week on Clear Vision TV, Tony talks about getting your team in position to see and understand your organization's biggest problems. When you can put your team in this position, they can proactively help see and solve problems. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Remember that critics are dreamers gone scared Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
Do, or do not. There is no try- Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back) Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Insights and Precepts
In far too many company meetings, and also in one-on-one human interactions, we all have a tendency to not talk straight. Here’s the scenario, the leader asks the group “is everyone in agreement on this new plan?”, everyone nods in agreement or just sits silent. Fast forward to a little while into the future where the meeting after the meeting is taking place, and there’s skepticism, disagreement and questions. You’ve seen this before and perhaps even participated in it. Why does this happen? There is a lack of trust in the group. It’s a source of frustration for leaders and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Insights and Precepts