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We Need Your Voice

I remember very clearly the conversation that launched me on the path that brought me to this blog, the Academy and all that comes with them (typing at my stand-up desk in my office in the top-secret Academy of Insurance …

When Words Collide: A Year Long Academy Event

Welcome to the new year. I hope that it is full of possibility for you and yours. If you’re a regular reader (and why wouldn’t you be?!?), you may notice that this is going out early this week. I had …

Holiday Policy Language: Christmas 2018 Edition

I hope that you’re having a wonderful holiday season. I’m still out for Christmas, but I wanted to make sure that I added a little humor to your week with a Christmas installment of Holiday Policy Language so without any …

Take a day and STOP, Part 3

Over the last two weeks, I’ve outlined my thoughts about why you should STOP and look ahead in your business. STOP is the pattern that we recommend for taking some time to plan for the next year or more of …

Take a day and STOP, Part 2

In last week’s post, we discussed the need to pull away and plan for your business. Let me remind you that the most sure way to get the same results that you’ve always gotten is to do what you’ve always …

Take a day and STOP, Part I

Not long after I came to lead the Academy, I started doing two things that I hadn’t really planned to do; two things that have turned into highlights in my weeks. I first started writing this weekly blog, and I …

5 Quick Questions Before I Read a Commercial Policy

It’s that time of year at the Academy. I’m pouring over spreadsheets and schedules. I’m emailing instructors and planning classes. Yeah. I’m trying to look ahead and work ahead, all while looking at today’s numbers and wondering how we’re going …

Holiday Policy Language: Thanksgiving 2018 edition

Since Thanksgiving is this week, I feel compelled to thank you for reading this blog. I have to thank one person in particular for talking (volun-telling?) me into writing this blog. When I started, I didn’t know what direction it …

I’m Trying to Figure out my Health Coverage. Rant ahead.

It’s time for another departure from what I normally write about. Or maybe I should just realize that I don’t “normally” write about anything consistent. I finished my annual trip down open enrollment lane. Oh yes. I finally did it. …

5 Hints for Policy Comparisons

A few weeks ago, we got a question in through IJPro. The agent was asking about the wisdom of having a customer change from a dwelling fire type policy form to a commercial property type of policy. Of course, my …

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