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Building A Company One Tire At A Time: 7 Principles

When Tom Engler, CEO of Discount Tire, told us the story of his AzBL Leadership Award-winning company it was impressive:  nearly 17,000 employees, 900 plus stores in 28 states in the US, almost $5 billion revenue and a turnover rate of less than 10% of their full-time employees. The last statistic was the one he… Read more

Defense In Depth And 3 Principles For Building Value

As defined in Wikipedia “defense in depth” “is an information assurance concept in which multiple layers of security controls are placed throughout an IT system…to provide redundancy in the event a security control fails…” Our presenter on April 3rd, Brandon Johnson, CIO for Resources Global Professionals, talked at length about how this concept is employed… Read more

3 Keys To Being A Great Corporate Citizen

Earlier this week Donna Hrinak, President of Boeing Brazil and former US Ambassador to Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, gave a remarkable presentation to the membership of AzBL.  It was remarkable because of the rarely experienced perspective of “lessons learned” from global executive positions in both private and public marketplaces. While there are… Read more

5 Signs That It May Be Time To Move On

Whether considering the sale of your business or moving on to a new career path, there are inevitable signs that the time is right.  You may have some constraints (e.g. financial) but the signs don’t lie.  Here are a few that present themselves even if you don’t appreciate it. You have extricated yourself so much… Read more

Old Stuff: 8 Ingredients For Success

As Hyrum Smith, Co-Founder of Franklin Covey, shared with over 100 AzBL attendees on January 8th, the basic principles of human productivity have not changed for 6000 years.  That’s a long time.  The genius is in how you put all the “old stuff” together for the 21st Century. Hyrum attributed 8 ingredients for contemporary and… Read more

Core Values And The Holiday Spirit

On the evening of December 12th AzBL will celebrate our annual holiday spirit and sponsor recognition at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  Holiday social events like this are special times to enjoy the company of friends, reflect on the past year, and consider the New Year close at hand. One of the remarkable aspects… Read more

Can Showrooming Help Bring Back The Local Shopper?

All of us (especially our children) are retail shoppers at some point. This is particularly true during the holiday season. In this light, you may not be familiar with showrooming, but have probably done it at some level. Showrooming is visiting a traditional brick-and-mortar store to obtain hands-on data about a product, then going online… Read more

Is There Really A Such A Thing As A Stupid Question?

Business executives have often been coached to encourage employee contributions by stating that there is no such thing as a stupid question. The intentions are good but I think the executive coaches and consultants miss the point. Since the pioneering linguistic work of Gregory Bateson and others, we have learned that people primarily communicate to… Read more

Building Relationships In An Unpredictable World

Is an ideal client one who has concern about the instability of the world yet also sees opportunity?  The answer is “yes” for Girish Patel, Managing Director of the Green Card Fund, who spoke to AzBL members last week.  His clients are foreign nationals who believe the United States provides both opportunity and stability in… Read more

One Bad Call: Balancing Tradition and Progress

At last week’s AzBL dinner event, Joe Garagiola, Jr., Major League Baseball’s Senior VP of Standards and Field Operations, shared some unique insights on our national pastime.  MLB is beginning to embrace the use of instant replay to avoid the “one bad call” that can mar the perception of a player or umpire’s career.  On… Read more