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About Curt Fowler

Curt is a graduated of the Kellogg school of management, and has had a hand in hundreds of millions of dollars of investment.

Science Proves the Existence of God?

January 15, 2015 1:27 pm Published by 3 Comments

“Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system. I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.” -Sir Isaac Newton “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God” – that was the headline of a recent Wall Street Journal article. As a Christian and someone who has probably spent way too much time in higher ed environments I’ve always been a little (hate to say this) but self-conscious about my faith. I love apologetics and have read a few good books on the subject, but trying to defend my faith against a scientist pulling for the other side has always scared me a bit. I’ve always wanted the most “learned” people in the world to believe in God like I do,...

A New Year’s Challenge

January 9, 2015 4:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates Welcome back! I hope the holidays were wonderful for you and your family. I know they were for ours. Before we launch into accomplishing our goals and learning more about how to build great organizations, I wanted to issue you a challenge that I received just this morning. The problem with this challenge is that it requires us to overcome two limitations. These two limitations will present themselves in practically everything you try to accomplish this year. Let’s first determine how to overcome this limitations, then I’ll present you the challenge.

How to Minimize the Damage from Holiday Eating

December 19, 2014 4:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Paradoxically, dramatically spiking calorie intake once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate doesn’t downshift from extended caloric restriction.” – Timothy Ferrris – author “The Four Hour Body” This is our last post of the year. I hope you are able to take some time off, relax and enjoy your family. If you are like me, you’ll also be enjoying lots of great food. Instead of writing a technical post today, I’ve decided to make it immediately practical and share some secrets on how to minimize the damage from all that great holiday food! A few disclaimers first: This article is not justifying a full week of devastating binges. This article is meant to encourage you that the occasional binge is completely acceptable. Enjoy some holiday treats!

Why You Must Put Rocks in Your Stream

December 18, 2014 6:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   There is a river running through your life. Your river is different from my river. Your river is that thing that consumes the great majority of your day. If you are a stay at home mom, your river is probably the kids and the house. If you are self-employed like me, your river is probably your work tasks. Whatever your river is, there is a problem. If you let it, your river will consume your entire life. To avoid this problem you must put some rocks in your stream. Just like how a rock in a river directs the river’s path, the rocks in your life will direct your day. And your days direct your life. So, what rocks...

4 Steps to Increase Profitability by 75%

December 12, 2014 11:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“Once you create a loyal customer base, it’s tough for a competitor to take that away.”   – Joe Mansueto – founder & CEO of Morningstar A 5% increase in customer retention can increase profitability by 75% – according to a Harvard Business Review case study. Those numbers are pretty dramatic. Let’s say the folks at Harvard overestimated and the increase to profitability is only 50%. In exchange for a 50% increase in your firm’s profitability, could you convince just an additional 5% of your customers to stick with you? Sure – you say! But how? Customer engagement is the answer. Read on to find out how some of the best in business engage and retain their best customers. So… How do you engage your customers so your firm can experience those amazing increases in profitability?

Meetings That Work

December 10, 2014 1:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Meetings get a bad rap, and deservedly so – most are disorganized and distracted. But they can be a critical tool for getting your team on the same page.” –       Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) Far too many meetings bite (trying to use less colorful language). We’ve talked about Daily Meetings, Weekly Meetings, Quarterly and Annual Meetings. Today, we are going to wrap up this topic with the basics of what makes a great meeting – no matter what type of meeting it is. I love this image. It is meant to help children self-check their actions during a physical education class, but it is perfect for our discussion on proper meeting behavior. The question is excellent.

The Other Two Most Important Customers

December 6, 2014 9:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“The customers who have quit you can be your greatest source of learning. You’d prefer to learn before they leave, but if they’ve left you – you must find out why!” Other than your current customers. If you listen to them, these customers will tell you how to keep more of your current customers, how to attract customers from your competition and how to get back customers you have lost. If those are things you’d like to know how to do, keep reading. Who are these customers? Past Customers & Your Competitor’s Customers Your past customers quit you and, assuming they still need your product or service, moved to what they considered a better option. Understanding how that happened is information you must have. They loved you, but then they didn’t. What happened?

Quarterly & Annual Strategy Meetings

December 3, 2014 12:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

 “There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.” ― Peter F. Drucker Strategy helps focus your organization on doing the right things, not just doing the same things better. But no matter how great the strategy is that you devised at your yearly planning retreat, it rarely delivers value without a consistent execution framework. That framework is delivered through your organization’s meetings. We’ve talked before about How to Execute Strategy, so let’s start with what is a great strategy?

Make the Most of Your Holidays

November 26, 2014 12:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.” Lawrence Welk Holidays are a time to be cherished. A time to relish in the richness of friends, family and the gifts God has given us. A time to give to others who have less. Below are 5 ways we work to make the most of our holidays. Soak in Your Blessings – Family, friends, good food. All blessings that, truth be told, we really don’t deserve. Be thankful for the big things and the little things. Even that Uncle that won’t stop telling the same stories he told last year. It is all a blessing.

How Do Your Customers Want to Be Heard?

November 21, 2014 10:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“Thank your customer for complaining and mean it. Most will never bother to complain. They’ll just walk away.”  Marilyn Suttle People are different. And they like to be treated like that. Even in how you listen to them. Keep reading to find out the best way to listen to each of your very different customers. We now know that understanding the needs of each of your customer segments is key to your organization’s success. But, did you know that each of your customer groups want to be listened to differently? That how they want to interact with your organization varies based on where they are in your customer lifecycle?