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The Four Powers of Diamond Certified

“Use the force, Luke,” urged Obi-Wan Kenobi to his protégé as he flew a dangerous mission to destroy the Death Star. During this pivotal scene from Star Wars Episode IV, our hero promptly shuts down his guidance instruments and conjures … Continue reading

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How are you doing?

“How are you doing?” Meant as a casual greeting more than a request for detailed data, we often ask this of each other. We expect the typical range of rote responses: “Good, how ’bout you?” “Hanging in there.” “Fantastic.” (Of … Continue reading

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Game On!

Is business a game or something else entirely? Smart people can disagree, but I feel it’s helpful on occasion to view a company’s strategy and tactical choices like a game. By playing along with this “game of business” thought experiment, … Continue reading

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Spring Training for Your Team!

Spring is a season of renewal. In nature, new grasses grow, flowers bloom and birds nest. For consumers, moods brighten, house projects are planned and cars are serviced. For company managers, it’s a time to achieve performance numbers, optimize employee … Continue reading

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The Year of the Customer!

Even if your company already performs well for your customers, there’s a lot more to it than that if you want to have your best year ever in 2015. That’s why we’re formally declaring that 2015 is “The Year of … Continue reading

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Trust First!

Trust is the air through which potential customers see all of your company’s attributes. Like trying to see on a pitch-black night, without trust in your company, your potential customers won’t see your positive facts right before their eyes. If … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

Our entire team at American Ratings Corporation wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving season. For me, this is the time of year to give thanks to special people and reflect on outstanding deeds—an ideal precursor for personal … Continue reading

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Old-Fashioned Way

In this new digital age in which we operate, most of us share a nagging feeling that we aren’t doing enough new stuff to keep up with the times. This may very well be true, but I also suggest that … Continue reading

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Timeliness: Reducing the Impact of Conflict by Keeping an Eye on the Time

One of the most common complaints I receive from consumers who request mediation is related to breaches in the unspoken contract of timeliness. Contractors, mechanics and other service pros, please hear this: Next to your competence, the most important thing … Continue reading

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Diamond Certified Tips for Business Owners: Best of 2012

We published a lot of business tips in 2012 that covered a wide variety of topics, but here are the 10 we think are most important for ensuring your company’s success in 2013. 1. Restoring faith If you notice your … Continue reading

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