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The Steep Price of Perfectionism Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 190

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It’s a claim I hear all the time in business: “I’m a perfectionist!” Many people seem to think perfectionism is a virtue, so they proudly admit their obsession with perfection. But the truth about perfectionism is far darker. More often than not, perfectionism in business is simply an excuse for procrastination. It even reflects self-doubt, and lack of belief in one’s own abilities. In fact, …

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Bringing Your Business Into Focus Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 189

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I had the privilege of attending my first political rally today on the west side of Cleveland. Cleveland is still exploding with the excitement of the Cavaliers’ championship win, as the host city for the Republican convention and today, the whirlwind stop of the Clinton campaign to deliver a message to Northeast Ohioans. I packed my backpack full of my newest and most highly powered …

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Where Do Ideas Come From? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 188

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I’ve been on a continual quest to develop unique and powerful ideas that profoundly help others. One of the most often asked questions is, where do such ideas come from? As I was reflected on this question it occurred to me that a few years ago I wrote the article: I Think I’ll Invent Something New — What Are the Best Ways of Developing New …

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Smile and Say Cheese Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 187

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This week’s reflection point: When was the last time you updated the photos on your web site and for your marketing collateral? I find it funny when viewing peoples’ sites that the photos used are nearly vintage ones taken at the time when the light bulb was invented. Okay, not really that old, but definitely not recent! I am often asked what are the best …

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The Pacifier Effect Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 186

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This week’s reflection point: Have you noticed how most babies get immediate gratification when that pacifier is placed in their mouth? I believe this early habit contributes to shape one’s mindset, which continues into adulthood. Over the years, I’ve observed that quite a few individuals look for what I call the “pacifier effect” or the silver bullet approach. Like babies demanding their pacifiers, adults too …

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Stop Copying Me! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 185

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We are in the midst of the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland and I couldn’t help avoid the intense media focus on Melania Trump’s speech and subsequent charges of plagiarism. She was accused of stealing verbatim from Michelle Obama’s convention speech from 2008. I listened to Governor Chris Christie defending this during an interview this morning. He acknowledged the fact that he would …

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From Inception to Fruition Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 184

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Many of us struggle to bring products from that initial idea phase to actual completion. Projects are started and then quickly abandoned, never fulfilling their potential. And as a result, great opportunities for business growth are lost. Recently, the Chad Barr Group completed a project that had long been on the back-burner of my mind—and I want to share the important lessons I learned along …

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What’s Your Legacy? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 183

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This week’s reflection point: How will future generations remember you? This is a question many people are too afraid to ask themselves—and as a result, they avoid creating a lasting legacy for themselves and their businesses. I recently came across a quote that went something like this: “Are you going to be one of the many people who coast through life, their genius always sleeping …

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Creating Your Future With Strategic Questions Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 182

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This week’s reflection point: What are the best strategic questions you ask yourself and your clients in order to create a successful future? The right strategic questions hold the power to paint, craft, and navigate your remarkable future. While tactical questions answer the how, who, and the when, strategic questions are the ones that answer the why, where, and what. Here are my favorites: Why …

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Bring Out The Champion In You Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 181

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This week’s reflection point: What a week it has been as we Clevelanders celebrate the great championship win of our team, the Cavaliers! This city has been transformed; new energy, excitement and pride. There are so many lessons to be gleaned from this accomplishment and apply them from this remarkable comeback. Here is my list: Dream big and execute your plan Believe in yourself Keep …

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