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3 Thoughts

By Eric Beschinski | Feb 19, 2021

Reflecting on this past week, I’ve learned a lot. Although I’ve been focused, working ON my business some of the principles are more universal. Here are my 3 Thoughts for today: 1. Value the Voyage (over the destination?). This can be difficult for those of us who prefer the destination. The drive to Florida is…

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3 Thoughts

By Eric Beschinski | Feb 12, 2021

Everyone needs coaching. Professional athletes need coaches; business people need coaches; and coaches need coaches. So, I have been getting some coaching myself. As I have worked through the material, I have been jotting down notes and ideas. Here are my 3 Thoughts for today: 1. Business is a system. There is no mystery, no…

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You Are The Captain

By Eric Beschinski | Jan 7, 2021

So start acting like it! Your organization is a ship, and you are the Captain. That means that you are supposed to navigate the ship, not the other way around. Others talk about working ON your business rather than IN your business, and that is the exactly the point. To be effective, efficient, and enduring,…

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Do and Don’t for 2021

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 31, 2020

As we exit this challenging year I have a “do” and a “don’t” for you.First, the “do”… Be beyond grateful. Find the good things that happened in the last 12 months. Remember and focus on the good. Then express gratitude through words and actions. Tell people you appreciate them. Show gratitude through acts of service…

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Smarter Goals

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 8, 2020

Speakers and business coaches everywhere talk about the importance of goals. And they are right. Goals are extremely important. Without the foundation of values, purpose, and destination however, goals are less effective than they should be and can easily be misguided.With a foundation of values, purpose, and destination in place we can create goals that…

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Innovation is paramount. Especially now.

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 4, 2020

We keep hearing the word “pivot” because of Covid and the changes it has forced. One way to accomplish a successful pivot is innovation. After the final presenter on Friday, December 18th, Jason Williams of the Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest will close out the iNautilus Convoy 2020 with a short talk on “Innovating…

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Who Needs Social Media?

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 4, 2020

Everyone! At least everyone in business who wants to remain that way (that’s just my not-so-humble opinion). I am definitely not an expert on social media marketing. Fortunately for all of those attending the iNautilus Convoy 2020, Jennifer Cosenza is a social media and marketing mastermind. She will be speaking on “Growing Your Social Media.”…

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Shameless Self Promotion

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 3, 2020

I, too, will be speaking at the iNautilus Convoy 2020. In addition to a short keynote Monday morning before our first presenter, I will be one of the presenters on another day. My topic is the iNautilus Guide for Organizational Navigation, a system of strategy + execution designed to provide tools that help leaders get…

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Everyone Is In Sales

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 2, 2020

With the iNautilus Convoy 2020 a mere 5 days away, I wanted to remind you that you are in sales. Even if you don’t earn a commission, you sell something to someone. Maybe you sell ideas to your manager. Perhaps you need to sell yourself in an interview. Even if you are selling your spouse…

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Convoy Concepts

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 1, 2020

“Helping others” is what the iNautilus Convoy 2020 is all about. Likewise, another one of our presenters, Dr. Felicity Joy Solomon, is in the business of helping others. She is a Life Coach, Dream Strategist, Talk Show Host, Speaker, and Author. We have the fortune to hear from her on the topic of “Unity Amidst…

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iNautilus

By Eric Beschinski | Dec 1, 2020
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One Week!

By Eric Beschinski | Nov 30, 2020

One week from today, the iNautilus Convoy 2020 goes live! So, today I want to highlight another speaker you will get to hear. Wade Breitzke is the owner of +WeCreate Media. Over the last 10+ years, he built his companies from a local wedding DJ service to one of the premier DJ/event services (27 Entertainment)…

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So Excited!

By Eric Beschinski | Nov 25, 2020

Less than 2 weeks from now, an amazing lineup of speakers will be presenting on a variety of topics at the iNautilus Convoy 2020. This FREE online seminar begins on December 7th and runs Mon, Wed, Fri through Dec 18th (at 7am CST each day). The first speaker I want to highlight is former Valparaiso…

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Greenfire Top 10 Book Recommendations

By Eric Beschinski | Oct 31, 2020

Books every organizational leader should read. Whether or not you employ all of Ferriss’ techniques, there are invaluable efficiency tips here: https://15ba82d2-77d7-48e3-8458-360b486b99b0.usrfiles.com/html/db9376e69cfa487ea0fa0b912ae51a4f_v1.html Iconic. Classic. Foundational. This should be required reading for everyone: https://15ba82d2-77d7-48e3-8458-360b486b99b0.usrfiles.com/html/db9376e69cfa487ea0fa0b912ae51a4f_v1.html One of the most innovative & impactful books of the decade: https://15ba82d2-77d7-48e3-8458-360b486b99b0.usrfiles.com/html/db9376e69cfa487ea0fa0b912ae51a4f_v1.html In order to lead an organization, it’s crucial that you…

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Questions Are Dangerous

By Eric Beschinski | Oct 28, 2020

Do not ask unless you are willing to hear the answer… even from yourself. Why are questions so powerful? (See what I did there?) Consider the sales process as an example. Questions express interest in the potential buyer which in turn builds rapport. Questions invite people to talk about their favorite topics (themselves, their businesses,…

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Mindset is the latest buzzword

By Eric Beschinski | Oct 26, 2020

But can you hold on to positive mindset amidst adversity? Imagine for a moment that you are a successful attorney. You have a real estate portfolio in the city where you live. You are wealthy. You and your spouse have 4 children, one son and 3 daughters. Life is good. Until it isn’t. At the…

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3 Thoughts

By Eric Beschinski | Oct 23, 2020

Starting today, one of the regular themes I will post about is what I have learned recently. I believe in life-long-learning, and it is crucial for your businesses and lives that you read books, listen to podcasts, learn from experts, or hone your skills. This week, I participated in the Influencer Summit (videos will available…

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New article especially for salespeople

By Eric Beschinski | Oct 8, 2020

Questions that help shift a buyer’s perspective. When it comes to sales, questions are inherently magical. Whether you are working with a prospect or an existing client, asking good questions will build rapport, understanding, and trust. People like to talk about themselves (and by extension their businesses). Their own lives and their businesses are subject…

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My article published on Thrive!

By Eric Beschinski | Oct 8, 2020

Fear Inaction (Not Failure) Why you should fear inaction instead of failure. During this strange and challenging year, fear has become its own kind of pandemic. Fear for peoples’ health. Fear for jobs. Fear of the unknown. And in the business/entrepreneurial realm, fear of failure. Each of those (and all the other fears I have…

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MY hand holding MY book!!!

By Eric Beschinski | Sep 18, 2020

It’s here, and I’m officially a published author! Copies of my new book, iNautilus Guide for Organizational Navigation, arrived last night. They are available on my website (www.iNautilus.net), or there is a Kindle e-book edition available on Amazon (if you are buying a paperback, please order from my website… I earn more that way. I’ll…

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The Fork in My Office

By Eric Beschinski | Sep 1, 2020

That is not a metaphor. I literally have a fork that I keep in my office. That requires some explanation. I’m a big fan of the TV show, Big Bang Theory. Personally, I think it’s the funniest show ever. In one episode, Leonard mentions that Sheldon “lives in fear of the three-tined fork”. Sheldon responds,…

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Woohoo!

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 31, 2020

I’m almost there. The proof of the book arrived. Watch the video for the “unmasking”. Bookmarks arrived too… It’s really exciting to have all of this coming together. More soon!

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Failure Is Final

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 28, 2020

Taking a break from the Organizational Navigation theme, today I wanted to discuss failure. There are many quotes and memes about failure: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert Kennedy “Failure is the opportunity…

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((CV+M)·V)·t=N

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 27, 2020

Don’t panic! That isn’t a real math formula. Although I admit that I am a bit of a math geek (and a spreadsheet ninja), this article is not about math. However, if you get hives when you see formulas or hear terms like “order of operations”, read no further. For years, I heard people talk…

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“Organizational Navigation”???

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 26, 2020

In the iNautilus Guide for Organizational Navigation wherein I reframe the strategic planning process, I refer to “Organizational Navigation” instead of strategic planning. One of the main reasons for this (and the other new terminology in the book) is to cut through the confusion surrounding all the strategic planning concepts that have become buzzwords. “Strategic…

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Big Red Dot

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 25, 2020

If you have found any of my articles helpful or insightful, you might appreciate a jump start on your own Organizational Navigation (strategic planning + execution) voyage. A summary of the Big Red Dot plus the Worksheet are available for free on the website. This is the 1st step to Organizational Navigation the iNautilus way.…

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Defined: Vision

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 25, 2020

If the roots are core values, and the trunk is mission, then the crown of the tree (branches and foliage) is vision. (Full disclosure: I had to look up the word for the top of the tree.) The crown is expansive, reaches for the light, and provides energy. Vision for an organization does these same…

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Defined: Mission

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 24, 2020

Continuing with the strategic planning vocabulary from last week, today I want to focus on the trunk of the tree, “mission”. Quite simply, “mission” is the organization’s purpose (with a twist). It answers the question, “Why do we exist?” While that sounds easy, it can be challenging to articulate this well. Like the trunk of…

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I wrote a book!

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 21, 2020

This is really exciting for me. After 12 years of working on a strategic planning + execution methodology, I finally have it compiled into a book. It will be released soon (my proof should be here next week). You can pre-order on www.iNautilus.net. And here is a little teaser/promo video…

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Defined: Core Values

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 21, 2020

The next few articles are going to be about vocabulary, but I will try to keep it interesting. I’m aware… Everybody already knows what core values are. That, I believe, is a problem. The word (along with the other strategic planning terminology) has become such a common part of business vernacular that true meaning has…

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Strategic Planning Is Not Important…

By Eric Beschinski | Aug 20, 2020

…It is absolutely essential. Think about it. Is there anything important in life that can be better accomplished without a plan? Proposing to your girlfriend? Starting a family? A project at work? Building a house? While the planning process would look different for each of these, “winging it” would not be advisable. Imagine proposing to…

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