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9 Quotes to Inspire a Fresh Start

Most of us will be happy to have 2017 in our rear-view mirror. For many, it was a long year of negativity, chaos and uncertainty.  But hope springs eternal and there are good reasons to suspect that next year is going to be better (even if it’s just the assumption that it can’t be as […]

Happy Holidays to All!

Happy Holidays to all from Aspire – We wish you all the best. Chris Steinlage and Shawn Kinkade Kansas City Business Coaches

People. People who need people…

People who need people are in a mess of trouble these days, which definitely conflicts with some conventional wisdom from Barbara Streisand…! In case you’re not familiar with it… – the song ‘People‘ was originally released in 1964, and was sung by Barbara Streisand as part of the Funny Girl soundtrack.  As the lyrics go… […]

Does your business sell hope?

What does your business sell?  Do you ever look beyond the physical items or the list of services on your menu and think about that?  Do you see more than things?  In business, it is easy to get focused on the deliverables and overlook one key ingredient you provide a little of in every transaction. […]

4 Things you must get right if you want to scale

I love the analogy of climbing a mountain when I think about getting businesses to scale.  They both involve hard work that looks especially daunting from the bottom.  And just like every mountain is different, every business is unique.  But if you dig a little deeper it turns out those differences don’t matter that much. […]

What can the Slowest Hiker teach you?

If you’re starting to think about strategic planning, it might help you to develop a different perspective as a way to challenge your thinking. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of just doing more… ‘our plan for next year is 20% growth’ and while that might be a fine outcome, it doesn’t […]