Entries by jmca2019

The Hiring Process

“Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity. What do you think is the most important factor when building your team?”  – Richard Branson in, “Hiring the Right People” So what is the most important factor when building your team? Maybe it’s experience, dedication, personality or a combination. Recruiting […]

Be Accountable: A Guide to Completing (Achievable) Business Goals

What does it mean to be accountable? According to Webster’s, “accountable” means, “required to explain actions or decisions to someone,” or “required to be responsible for something.” In business, being accountable for the completion of tasks and goals—also known as the Accountability Factor—motivates us to succeed because the responsibility is ultimately on us. Accountability is […]

5 Business Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

In recent years, more college grads are choosing to blaze their own career paths over competing with thousands, perhaps millions of equally qualified applicants for a handful of positions. While starting a business sounds exciting and carries the possibility of success, it is not a guarantee. In fact, according to smallbusinessesplanned.com, about 50 percent of […]

JMCA at the StartRight! Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs

On August 28 I had the privilege of sponsoring the StartRight! Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs, which was awarded at the Women’s Power Conference in Rockville, Md. As an entrepreneur and father to two beautiful daughters, I believe that empowering women in the lively game of business is a win-win proposition. Check out the […]

First you assess, then you design

Examining the second pillar of leadership A few weeks ago, we started talking about three “pillars” that a business owner — or any decision-maker, really — should rely on while evaluating a certain course of action. The first step is to assess your current situation. You can read more about that here. At the end […]

Gratitude and proactive action

Sunday, April 13, 11:15 p.m. Betsy and I are asleep in the bedroom when suddenly the house shakes and it sounds as if something exploded. We enter the darkened hallway and encounter a thick dust we can’t readily identify. Upon turning on the light, we see that our entire living room ceiling has collapsed in […]

How do we build community?

As business owners and people, why do we do what we do? How do we give back? What’s our responsibility? How do we build community? Through my involvement with Leadership Montgomery, I had the opportunity last fall to visit the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, Md. Upon speaking with the prisoners, I was struck […]