Sunday, October 24, 1999

SMALL-BUSINESS DIARY


'Gung Ho!' author to do seminar

        Noted author and business guru Ken Blanchard will bring his gung-ho spirit and book to the Xavier Entrepreneurial Center as part of the center's lessons in leadership series of seminars.

        The program, “Building "Gung Ho' Teams: How to Turn "People Power' Into Profits,” is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St. Doors will open at 8 a.m. The cost is a sliding scale of $349 to $299 a person, depending upon how many team members are registered.

        Mr. Blanchard, the only author to have four books on Business Week's top 15 best-seller list simultaneously, has worked with companies such as America Online, Chevron USA, Eastman Kodak and Taylor Made Golf.

        His strategy of generating grass-roots commitments from employees is based on creating an atmosphere of trust and openness, freely giving praise and turning groups into high-performance, high-profit teams.

        He is the winner of the International Management Council's McFeeley Award, joining the ranks of international business experts such as Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker and Tom Peters, who have also received the award. He is the author of The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute, Everyone's a Coach, Mission Possible and Gung Ho!

        For more information about the seminar, call (800) 873-3451. Admission includes a copy of his most recent book, Gung Ho!, program materials and lunch.

Local firm among fastest-growing
        Client Server Associates, 312 Plum St., has been ranked in the Inc. magazine 500 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.

        Client Server Associates is an independent information technologies services firm that develops Internet commerce opportunities for manufacturing, health-care, financial-services and general businesses.

        The company, which has seen double- or triple-digit growth annually since it was formed in 1993, was ranked 272 on the list. In 1998, the company had annual revenues of $16 million, and projected revenue for 1999 is $24 million. The firm employs 125 people.

        To be eligible for the Inc. list, firms must have at least $200,000 in sales in the base year of 1994, and 1998 sales must exceed 1997 sales. John Bostick is the founder, chief executive officer and president of the firm.

Business bookshelf
        From Winning in the Game of Life by Tom Gegax (Harmony Books; $24): “There's an old saying: If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. But given today's out-of-control change "inflation,' if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get less than you have now.”

       



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