Blog - Blake DuBose

Leadership Secrets: 50 Strategies of the World’s Best Leaders

Posted: Mar 20, 2014 in Business by Mike & Blake

Along with outstanding staff, effective leaders are the driving force behind thriving businesses, private non-profits, government agencies, and houses of faith. Successful leaders define great organizational cultures, clarify the vision, and spur their teams to transform difficulties and obstacles into success. Becoming a great leader doesn’t just happen overnight, though. Effective leadership is an endless, evolving journey, and what works today may not work tomorrow. As Peter Drucker wrote,... 

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A.G. Lafley on Leadership: Lessons from Procter and Gamble’s Superstar CEO

Posted: Mar 11, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

Fueled by a passion for learning the ins and outs of successful leadership, we have studied, researched, and interviewed many great leaders over the years. We have found that, although each has their own style and strategies, leaders often share common traits like humility and a dedication to executing ideas. One such leader is Alan George Lafley (known as “A.G.”), who joined Procter and Gamble upon graduating from Harvard Business School in 1977. He became P&G’s CEO, a position he held for ten... 

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17 Easy Ways to Lose Customers

Posted: Mar 10, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

In business literature, some companies—Amazon, Four Seasons Hotels, and Zappos, for example—are held up as sparkling examples of customer service mastery. Consumers gush about their experiences with them, and other businesses study them in hopes of gaining the same kind of acclaim. Then, there are the others: the companies that are just the opposite. Clients unfortunate enough to contract with them can’t say enough bad things about their products, responsiveness, and customer service. Unless... 

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2014 Quality Vendors Guide

Posted: Feb 24, 2014 in Personal, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

The Quality Vendors Guide was developed by Mike DuBose for his employees, friends, customers, and fellow Westpark land owners. The DuBose Family of Companies includes Columbia Conference Center (, DuBose Web Group (, Research Associates (, The Evaluation Group (, and DuBose Fitness Center. Additional personal, health, business, and travel articles may be read at Mike’s non-profit website... 

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Dying Successfully

Posted: Jan 13, 2014 in Business, Personal, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

None of us are guaranteed another day on Earth. About 10,000 of the 325,000 Americans who die of sudden cardiac arrest each year are young people, according to the American Heart Association, and even pro athletes suffer deadly traffic accidents. One of our close relatives recently discovered her 56-year-old husband dead, although a medical examination one week earlier revealed no significant health problems. Her trauma deepened as she discovered that because she wasn’t listed as a beneficiary... 

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Retiring Smart: Social Security and Other Financing Strategies

Posted: Dec 19, 2013 in Personal, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

Read on to access a page of 20+ links to helpful retirement, Social Security, annuity, and Medicare resources. From 1946 to 1964, America’s birthrate soared, earning this time period its nickname: the Baby Boom. Now, these “babies” are all grown up. In fact, since 2011, about 10,000 Baby Boomers have turned 65 years old every day, according to the Pew Institute—a trend that will continue until 2030, when 18% of the American population will be 65 or older. Because most people leave the... 

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23 Strategies for a Happy, Healthy Retirement

Posted: Nov 08, 2013 in Business, Personal, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

To most people, retirement sounds like a dream. After decades of work, they look forward to spending unlimited “time off” with friends and family, visiting new places, and taking up hobbies. What many fail to realize, however, is that retirement requires extensive planning and preparation—or else that “dream” can become a nightmare of boredom and depression. In fact, in a 2011 study by the Harvard School of Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and National Public Radio, one in four... 

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The Building Blocks of Great Organizations

Posted: Oct 10, 2013 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

Sometimes, “good” isn’t good enough. The Great Recession left many “good” companies, non-profits, and cities in shambles, proving that organizations must be great if they want to thrive. The difficult part: no failsafe recipe for greatness exists. Every organization takes its own path, and even extraordinary leaders don’t have all the answers. Fortunately, we‘ve discovered proven secrets to becoming a great organization that are within everyone’s reach.  In 2006, our family of companies began... 

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Innovative Strategies for Recruiting Great Staff

Posted: Sep 10, 2013 in Business, Social Media, Technology, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

For a detailed chart comparing and contrasting different methods of job advertising we researched for this article, please view the chart here or visit Every day, technology advances, new products are invented, and fascinating discoveries are made. Businesses face both opportunities and pitfalls from our increasingly digitized society. Yet as much as things change, exceptional customer service is still a key trait of successful organizations. Companies must... 

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Helpful Social Security and Medicare Links

Posted: Aug 16, 2013 in Social Media by Mike & Blake

To Our Readers: Over the last seven years, we have researched many aspects of Social Security and Medicare. At times, it has been baffling; by our estimates, there are 81 different ways to obtain Social Security! Recently, we wrote a column on preparing for and financing retirement, and to help our readers even further, we have compiled a list of helpful links below. They are separated by subject, although there may be some overlap. This is just a small sampling of the information available,... 

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