This is Safari Paul coming to you from South Africa where I just got to witness my first kill! As we watched from our Land Rover, a Mama Cheetah came out of nowhere and pounced on a weak Impala. Swiftly, and with precision, the Cheetah accomplished her goal to kill the Impala. It was all Read More »
Posts By: Paul Belair
CEO Lessons Learned: How Selling a Business Is Like Getting Married
When you’ve done the work ahead of time with your exit planning process, you’ll be ready should the decision be made to sell the business. However, you likely aren’t sure what to expect when that time comes. Below is a recap of my experience as CEO of Roth Bros, Inc., when we decided to sell Read More »
“If I Only Knew Then…” The CEO’s Reality After Selling Your Company
When I was CEO of Roth Bros., Inc., and we made the decision to sell the company, we opted for a strategic rather than a financial buyer. After the sale, I was still involved with the company for another three years. That time was a challenge I did not fully expect. To prepare you for Read More »
The Key to a Successful Team: Resolving Conflict Quickly!
Most people do not like to deal with conflict in relationships. Conflict worsens when you’re not clear in what you really want, and don’t listen to what the other person is really trying to say.
SOAR to Strategic Excellence by benchmarking your business
As President of Roth, a national service contracting firm, I thought we had all the boxes checked for running a great business. Believing you’re good without knowing if you really are is a scary thing. Yes, we were profitable and growing but could we perform better? How could we improve if I didn’t know where Read More »
To Stay Ahead of the Game, Know the Numbers That Matter With These Reports and Techniques
Many CEOs who run contracting or facility service companies are much stronger with the technical aspect of what their company does vs. the financial aspect. I was just the opposite. I grew up in the financial world. In fact, before running Roth Bros. Inc., a national service contracting firm, I was CFO of a $500 Read More »
Is a CEO Coach for You? If so, Use These 8 Tips for Finding a Good One
CEO coaches, like coaches of athletes, can help you dramatically improve your performance (and therefore business) in a short period of time. I do not know of a competitive athlete without a coach. Athletes who are at the top of their game all have coaches. And business is a lot like athletics.
How to Turn Customers Into Super Customers!
Do you know if your customers care about you or your company? Do you know what they really think about your service? And, do you know what is going on with them that could impact your relationship with them?
How Measuring Employee Engagement Can Single Out Sketchy Supervisors
I read in Gallup’s book on employee engagement that an employee’s view of the company they work for has everything to do with whom they report to. Even if you have a great culture, history, reputation, etc., if some of your people are working for an idiot, those people will not be engaged and they Read More »
How I Overcame Adversity and Obstacles to Realize My Dreams
I’m sure we’ve all had to overcome some kind of adversity to gain the privilege of becoming CEOs. For me, most of my first 25 years on this earth were spent angry, confused and misunderstood. However, I ultimately chose to turn adversity into success by learning to change my mindset.