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A weekly podcast to help small business owners. Business building with a focus on efficiency, effectiveness and improved profits.

A weekly podcast to help small business owners. Business building with a focus on efficiency, effectiveness and improved profits.
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A weekly podcast to help small business owners. Business building with a focus on efficiency, effectiveness and improved profits.




Randy Cantrell • P.O. Box 211431 • Bedford, Texas 76095 214-736-4406


Avoiding Life’s Biggest Regrets – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #63 – August 17, 2018

On Monday Today.com posted an article entitled, “How to avoid life’s biggest regrets, enjoy the best years: Advice from 90-year-olds.” A 34-year-old United Methodist minister, Lydia Sohn, not a researcher, wanted to know what older people regretted most. She wondered if people in their 90’s regretted not achieving more. What she discovered was their regrets […]


You Have To Help Yourself (Before You Can Help Others) – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #62 – August 16, 2018

Selfishness is not a leadership trait. But some other “self” traits are very much necessary. Self-awareness Self-confidence Self-control Self-help What do you think of when you hear the term “self-help?” I think of all the hours spent in brick and mortar bookstores through the years, browsing through that section called, “SELF-HELP.” Whatever you think of, […]


Hiding Prolongs The Agony (be a buffalo) – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #61 – August 15, 2018

We don’t want to admit it, but sometimes we hide. Everybody does it. Sometimes. Some people do it often. I’ve even known people who appeared to do it all the time! We don’t call it hiding. We’re just waiting for the right time to handle it. Something else came up that requires our immediate attention. […]


Less Might Make You Happier! (and more profitable) – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #60 – August 14, 2018

Yesterday’s show was about our ongoing desire for more. And better. Today, let’s flip that idea on its head and talk about why less might make us happier. No, I’m not contradicting myself. Less is a path we should likely embrace more fully. I’m a broken record in urging people to stop cheerleading that old […]


You Want More! – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #59 – August 13, 2018

Last Friday we ended the week talking about the real power – the negative power – of our self-limiting beliefs. Today, let’s kick the week off talking about what you want. And what you want more of. Over 30 years ago I developed what I termed “the trifecta of business building.” I’m not a gambler. […]


Self-Limiting Beliefs Are Real (and really limiting) – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #58 – August 10, 2018

Founders, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs. People think we’re among the most squared away people on the planet. We’re human. That means we’re good at some things and we suck at other things. We succeed at some things and we fail at other things. Some things are easy for us. Other things are insanely difficult, seemingly downright impossible. […]


Accepting (Applications) Nominations For Admission Into The Peer Advantage By Bula Network – Special Podcast Episode

Small business owners are a special breed. We come from all walks of life. All sorts of backgrounds and educations. Small business owners share many things. No matter our differences, we can all instantly “get it,” when we’re around each other. Today’s special episode is 10 minutes to help you better understand the powerful advantage […]


I’m Sick And Tired Of These Customer Complaints! – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #57 – August 9, 2018

The owner is angry. Extremely. Business is good. Revenues are up. That’s usually what we mean when we say, “Business is good.” But if we look at the whole thing – the big picture – business is in trouble. And this owner knows it. “I’ve never seen this in 26 years,” he says. “It’s incredible. […]


Growing Great Isn’t For Wimps – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #56 – August 8, 2018

Great is the descriptive term I use because other terms like “best” are comparison terms. Comparison to others. Or something else. Great, in the context I mostly use, is only in comparison to yourself. It’s your greatness. And your greatness has nothing to do with anybody else. Or anything else. It belongs to you. It’s […]


Being Likable Is Marketable – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #55 – August 7, 2018

Likable is powerful. And it’s so ridiculously easy. Or should be. Back when dinosaurs roamed the planet and I got my first real #1 job running a company – a retailing company – I knew something that didn’t seem apparent to my competitors. For that matter, it didn’t seem it was being practiced by hardly […]


Resentment Is NOT A Leadership Quality – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #54 – August 6, 2018

Deb Calvert named her company People First Productivity Solutions. Angela Maiers centers her work in education and business around the premise that you matter. No matter who you are. Claude Silver is the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia, a title she crafted to replace what most folks would call “HR.” Three highly successful female achievers […]


The Peace Of High Integrity – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #53 – August 3, 2018

If you’re new to the podcast, welcome. For businesses, I focus on helping entrepreneurs hit the trifecta of business building: 1) getting new customers, 2) serving existing customers better and 3) not going crazy in the process. Today’s show is about that third leg of the trifecta. In the last 48 hours or so […]


The Myth Of Super Human Business Leaders – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #52 – August 2, 2018

Daily I see headlines (click bait) and posts declaring why high achievers aren’t like the rest of us. I don’t argue that high achiever, of whom I like I think I’m sometimes among, behave differently in some important, but perhaps subtle ways. But there are so many myths being foisted on us daily I felt […]


What Are You Willing To Do To Survive? (or to grow great?) – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #51 – August 1, 2018

Werner Herzog plays a terrific villain in the movie, Jack Reacher. His character survived a Siberian prison camp because he was willing to do what others weren’t. Here’s 2: 34-minute clip just in case you’re not familiar with the scene. ? Business survival is largely based on determination. It’s why you hear me regularly encourage […]


How To Accept Criticism – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #50 – July 31, 2018

I thought about first diving into how to deliver criticism, but getting criticism is much more universal. Not all of us are prone to give it. All of us are experienced in getting it though. Here are 3 critical considerations: Who gives it. Do we respect this person? Do we trust them? Do they have […]


Foster Disagreement (it’s highly valuable) – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #49 – July 30, 2018

“Gentlemen, I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision here. Then, I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until the next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement, and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about.” -Alfred P. Sloan Our culture hates disagreement. We […]


When You Can’t Fire Them Up, Fire Them! – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #48 – July 27, 2018

Yesterday we talked about hiring so it’s fitting that we’ll end the week today talking about firing. Terminating employment is a tough subject for many leaders and business owners. I certainly don’t propose to make it enjoyable or pleasant. These are lives being impacted. The employee. Their family. Their co-workers. And then there’s our reputation. […]


How Executive Coaching Works (Bula Network Style)

There has to be a first time for everything. And it’s almost always difficult. Everything is hard before it’s easy. Personal and professional growth is no exception. Like most worthwhile things, it’s worth it. But it takes work. Fear and trepidation are common at the start. Observe the little kids who may be in your […]


Build A Remarkable Team With Extraordinary Hiring Strategies – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #47 – July 26, 2018

Education and credentials might matter. But for most of us, they’re mostly overrated. My son-in-law is a master chemist with a global company. His level of knowledge in science and math is vital to his work. It’s not a “we’ll show you what you need to know” kind of a career. I’ve got friends who […]


Key Ingredient For Improvement & Growth Is A Culture Of Accountability – Grow Great Small Business Daily Brief #46 – July 25, 2018

Culture and communication continue to be key conversations with business owners and leaders. For good reason. They’re vital in establishing accountability. Every experienced leader knows without accountability there can be no sustainable improvement or growth. Our growth and improvement individually hinge on our willingness to be accountable to others, and our willingness to let others […]