Blog Archives: 2021

What I’ve Learned from Failure

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Failure gets a bad rap. To many, it’s a loaded word, packed with a negative connotation. Failure means something we wanted to happen didn’t, and all we’re left with are feelings of disappointment and self-doubt.

However, if we stop processing failure at that point, we do ourselves a disservice. Beyond the disappointment and doubt, there is an opportunity for reflection, learning, and growth. History has incredible examples of growth from failure, and yet the default negativity stubbornly remains.

Clark Nuber has many successes to celebrate over our nearly 70 years in business,

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Leading in a Rapid Growth Environment

Leadership today is being redefined by the forces present in a fast-paced market. Changes brought on by unexpected economic trends, rapid technological adaptions, increased security threats, and a global pandemic have made us all rethink modern leadership models. This is especially true for leaders catalyzing rapid growth.

We (the authors) have had extensive opportunities to observe successful start-up leaders for many years. We have helped advise technology start-ups through fast paced funding cycles, complex exit events, and assisted them in navigating through periods of rapid growth.

Naturally, we have observed a broad range of leadership styles and habits. To be sure,

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Four Actions to Help You Lead with Purpose

For most of my adult life, I’ve committed myself to continuous improvement, whether that is personally, professionally, or in my relationships. I believe there is always an opportunity for growth or learning. And, I’m fortunate that I work in a supportive environment and have a strong social network where I can be myself and try new things. Part of this confidence comes from developing a healthy understanding of failure. I know my mistakes are part of the learning process and not punitive by leadership or my colleagues.

How do continuous improvement and growth relate to leading with purpose? For me, they are the central principles that empower me to lead with confidence and focus,

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Leading with Data

Things were simpler in times of old. Back in the pre-industrial era, the only data you needed for a profitable harvest was a ledger of your past sales and maybe a farmer’s almanac.

Today, data is everywhere. The problem isn’t how we get the information we need to make decisions, it’s how we get the right information we need, in the right format, and how to see through the clutter and white noise that surrounds everything we do.

Every day, our systems accumulate vast amounts of data without any intentional action by us. As I write this article,

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Washington Legislature Adopts Fix to Remove the Special Tourism Assessment from Measure of Sales and B&O Taxes on Lodging

Washington cities and counties are permitted to establish parking and business improvement areas (PBIAs) and levy assessments on the businesses that are benefitted by PBIA activities. Seattle has one such PBIA known as the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area. Lodging businesses within the PBIA collect a charge from guests to fund improvement area assessments.

In 2019, the Department of Revenue audited a Seattle hotel and concluded that the assessments billed to guests should be included in the amount subject to sales and business and occupation (B&O) taxes. In response, members of the Washington Hospitality Association approached legislators seeking a legislative fix to make clear that the amounts charged by lodging businesses for the assessments are not subject to sales or B&O tax.

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