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The Art of Fulfillment

I was recently listening to Tony Robins talk about fulfilment, or the lack thereof, and happiness, or the lack thereof. When you hear the word fulfilled, how do you experience it? What comes up for you? The challenge is that the world we live in is so hectic, and we spend so much of the […]

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Community Service Award

Jeff Miller receives Community Service Award at the 2016 Public Safety Awards Ceremony. Jeff, who was presented the award by retiring City of Rockville Police Chief Terry Treschuck, later stated “it was an honor to be recognized for community service and I am humbled to stand in the company of the other public safety award […]

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Clients Willing to Play

On Tuesday, February 2nd, Betsy and I had the pleasure of hosting our annual Client Appreciation event; this year at VisArts in Rockville, where we picked up paintbrushes, for the most part with skepticism, and took on the challenge of painting a canvas. In the process, we laughed, we networked, we had fun, and we all had the […]

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The Fallacy of Balance

I have spent the better part of my 13 year coaching career talking about the importance of work life “balance”. Of late I have done an 180 degree turn away from that, coming to understand that it plays into a fallacy that we need to be different people in different situations. Who are we as […]

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Volunteering: “Getting prisoners life-ready to prevent a return to crime”

I’m honored to be volunteering at the American Job Center pilot prison program in Montgomery County. Learn more about the program in this video news report: “Getting prisoners life-ready to prevent a return to crime” (I make two cameo appearances.) If you or your company would like to be a part of this program, contact […]

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Jeff Miller Consulting Alliance Honored for Community Service in Montgomery County

Potomac, Md. (Oct. 16, 2015) – The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC) honored Jeff Miller, president of Jeff Miller Consulting Alliance (JMCA), with the 2015 Sole Proprietor of the Year Award at today’s CVC’s Annual Awards Luncheon. Miller was recognized for the contributions he has made to several county-based initiatives over the past […]

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Time Management: Reclaiming Your Business & Life with a System

I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the kickoff of this year’s Small Business University on Thursday, September 10, 2015. The event was covered by Montgomery Community Cable. See the Video

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Quarterly Review of Your Strategic Plan

Quarterly reviews are an essential element in the strategic plan for your business. Not only are they helpful for performance evaluation, but they also provide your company with the opportunity to adapt to business conditions, and ultimately grow. Generally, your strategic plan is a cultivated vision of distinctive business goals and the strides you take […]

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The Impact of Giving Back

Each and every company, no matter the size, is part of a larger community. It is our responsibility as business owners, managers, executives, and members of that community to give back to it. You can make an invaluable difference by contributing to the community that supports and inspires your business.   The unofficial tagline of […]

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Leadership: Using Assessments as a Discovery Tool

“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Max De Pree, American businessman and writer. Being a dynamic and successful leader relies deeply on discovering and understanding your full potential, along with continuous growth. Knowing who you are and understanding who you […]

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Promoting from Within: Don’t Just Trust Your Gut

When it comes to employee-related issues, there’s one element you may think about, but rarely talk about: promoting or not promoting your employees from within. With many factors impacting both the company and employee outcomes, the decision to promote from within or not often feels complex. Yet, when deciding on these moves, many companies just […]

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Life’s Journey – The Business Case for Balance

There was a great article in Sunday’s New York Times Business Section about Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini. The link is below. Often, a jarring or near-death life experience can change the way you live your life – your whole life. And, considering how work and play are enmeshed today, it’s almost impossible not to have […]

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7 Ways To Be Involved in Your Community – Because it’s Bigger Than Just Business

We’re are all working longer and harder than ever have before. Small and medium-sized business owners and employees put in a full day’s work at the office (or home office) along with attending morning, afternoon and evening events, staying involved with social media, belonging to special groups (including networking groups), serving on boards, participating in […]

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The Cost of Making the Wrong Hire

As your company grows, the imperative to build your team with new and productive members becomes a top priority. Hiring the right person is a process that takes a plan, a system, and The Profile XT® tool that you can use in the interview process. The cost of making the wrong hire can only be […]

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The Hiring Process

“Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity. What do you think is the most important factor when building your team?”  – Richard Branson in, “Hiring the Right People” So what is the most important factor when building your team? Maybe it’s experience, dedication, personality or a combination. Recruiting […]

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Be Accountable: A Guide to Completing (Achievable) Business Goals

What does it mean to be accountable? According to Webster’s, “accountable” means, “required to explain actions or decisions to someone,” or “required to be responsible for something.” In business, being accountable for the completion of tasks and goals—also known as the Accountability Factor—motivates us to succeed because the responsibility is ultimately on us. Accountability is […]

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5 Business Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

In recent years, more college grads are choosing to blaze their own career paths over competing with thousands, perhaps millions of equally qualified applicants for a handful of positions. While starting a business sounds exciting and carries the possibility of success, it is not a guarantee. In fact, according to smallbusinessesplanned.com, about 50 percent of […]

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Three ways to successfully grow your business

Costello: Well, then who’s playing first? Abbott: Yes. Costello: I mean the fellow’s name on first base. Abbott: Who. Costello: The fellow playin’ first base. Abbott: Who. Costello: The guy on first base. Abbott: Who is on first. Costello: I throw the ball to first base, whoever it is grabs the ball, so the guy […]

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JMCA at the StartRight! Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs

On August 28 I had the privilege of sponsoring the StartRight! Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs, which was awarded at the Women’s Power Conference in Rockville, Md. As an entrepreneur and father to two beautiful daughters, I believe that empowering women in the lively game of business is a win-win proposition. Check out the […]

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Best Practices for Implementing Your Business Strategy

All organizations — be they small businesses, nonprofits or large corporations — are apt to acquire different needs as they grow and evolve. But how can we, as the leaders of these organizations, respond to those changes? We’ve talked a lot about the three pillars that are meant to support business growth and all the […]

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First you assess, then you design

Examining the second pillar of leadership A few weeks ago, we started talking about three “pillars” that a business owner — or any decision-maker, really — should rely on while evaluating a certain course of action. The first step is to assess your current situation. You can read more about that here. At the end […]

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The three pillars of growth every leader should know

Assess. Design. Implement. In business and in life, true leaders must have the ability to assess the situation, design a plan of attack, and then implement that plan. Over the course of my next few blog posts, we will examine each of these three components in depth. Pillar 1: Assess “The general who wins the […]

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Gratitude and proactive action

Sunday, April 13, 11:15 p.m. Betsy and I are asleep in the bedroom when suddenly the house shakes and it sounds as if something exploded. We enter the darkened hallway and encounter a thick dust we can’t readily identify. Upon turning on the light, we see that our entire living room ceiling has collapsed in […]

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How do we build community?

As business owners and people, why do we do what we do? How do we give back? What’s our responsibility? How do we build community? Through my involvement with Leadership Montgomery, I had the opportunity last fall to visit the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, Md. Upon speaking with the prisoners, I was struck […]

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Leadership, Self-limiting Beliefs, and the Cost of Fear

Belief (n): something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat. Fear (n): a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain — whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid “Something believed.” Is the earth flat? This was something once believed. Beliefs A “belief” is easily defined — something we believe to be true. […]

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