Although this blog was launched by Mike Clough, who was the author and/or co-author with Susan Fronk of many of the articles published here, he passed away on April 6, 2013. However, his mission which was to share proven business practices as well as outside of the box creative thoughts lives on.
So who was Mike Clough and what made him such an authority on business?
He started down the entrepreneurial path when he launched his first company, Southern Specialty Company, at the age of 12. His answer to the question about his age on the application to represent Nationwide Advertising Specialties was “under 65”. After they accepted his application and sent him a complete sample kit, he was in business before his voice changed and he learned to shave.
His father, a school teacher, would drive him to different towns and grade papers while Mike was calling on local businesses. Within just four months Mike was one of their top producers earning more in commissions than his father earned in salary teaching school.
Since starting his first business, Mike founded dozens of companies in various fields: Regal Distributors – wholesale distribution of music media (records & tapes); Fisherman’s International Supply House (FISH) – a mail order catalog business specializing in “do-it-yourself” lures and baits; Alternatives In Motivation (AIM) – motivational rallies and sales training; Creative Ideas – retail sales of motivational tapes and materials; Quantum Communications Group – retail cellular service (where he launched, incubated and sold dozens of rural cellular companies nationwide for its clients); Alliance Solutions – wholesale internet access, hosting and VoIP services through branded resellers; just to name a few.
In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures Mike also held executive positions in several Fortune 500 companies such as Pitney Bowes, McCaw Cellular (now AT&T) – once the largest cellular company in America, Western Wireless (now Verizon) from which T-Mobile (formally VoiceStream) was founded, and was a member of the initial advisory board for the Cellular One Group. Mike Clough is now a business consultant for SCORE – Counselors To America’s Small Business, mentoring business men and women who want to start and grow a small business.
Whether or not theses experiences qualified Mike Clough to speak with authority on business issues, what he learned from his successes and, especially his failures should, at the very least, cause you to consider the validity of his point of view. Of course, when it comes to your own business you will need to decide what will work for you.
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As Mike’s business partner, ghost writer, editor, co-author and author of her own published works, Susan has now stepped into the role of publisher. With decades of experience as a management consultant and business owner, she has worked with hundreds of business owners, senior executives, employees and managers from a wide variety of industries.
She has authored, co-authored, ghost written and/or edited hundreds of published articles, numerous training manuals, web copy, a self-paced career transition manual titled, “The Ultimate Career Coach”, an audio tape series titled, “The Turning Point Library”, an e-Book titled, “Resume to Riches” and the book, “Creating A Lifestyle You Can Live With”. In addition, Susan was a key contributing author of numerous training and development products and assessments that are still being sold internationally today including “The DNA of Performance” as well as the white paper, “The DNA of Global Leadership”, which was presented at a regional Society for Human Resource Managers conference and was subsequently published by John Wiley and Sons for the Thunderbird International Business Review.
In her role as a consultant, Susan has observed a consistent pattern of beliefs, behaviors, oversights, and biases that undermine business success. This is why she encourages her clients to look at business problems through the eyes of the people who are most deeply affected and to be open to more creative and flexible solutions.
Currently, Susan is President of the Twin Cities chapter of MainStreetChamber Minnesota and State Director for MainStreetChamber Wisconsin and Illinois. She is also the Publisher and Editor of America’s Best Business Practices blog.
Susan’s clients have come from some of the most successful organizations in America such as Cargill, Pillsbury, Intel, Honeywell, Hallmark, Cingular (now AT&T) Wireless, International Paper, Land O Lakes, Wells Fargo, Fingerhut, Jostens, Digital Equipment, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Ramada Inns, Central and Southwest (Texas Utilities), Central Louisiana Electric (CLECO), Florida Power and Light, Tampa Electric Company, CARDONE Industries, and University of Nebraska Medical Center, to name just a few.
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