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Stephen Oliver, MBA and 8th-Degree Black Belt, is the developer of the Maximum Impact Program, the director of the one of the industry's leading coaching programs for school owners and the Founder of Mile High Karate. He can be contacted through his Web site at MileHighKarate.com.

How I Opened Five School in 18 Months

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Do I recommend that you open five schools in 18 months as I did when I was 23? No way! However, these lessons working for opening one school or dramatically growing your existing school. Prior to opening, get extensive training on business operations. Do extensive market research to locate a good market with adequate income ...

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There’s no Nobility in Poverty

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I read a fascinating article recently on the cover of the “Weekend Journal” section of the Wall Street Journal about the band The Black Eyed Peas. The article was so “spot-on” for our industry that I read it a couple of times and thought about the implications. Before I explain let me step back a ...

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The Pulse of a School

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I can pretty much judge the success of a school within about five minutes during “prime time” by observing its pulse. What do I mean by the pulse of a school? Well, let me share a story to illustrate. In the mid 1980’s I traveled to New York to visit a school run by a ...

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The 10 “Secrets” of Leadership

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There are many effective styles of leadership, but there are several “secrets” to leadership in any organization. Vision: You must have a clear and compelling vision of the future of your organization. It’s the big picture of how your business should look, in as much sensory rich detail as possible. Leadership starts from within. If ...

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Wealth vs. Lifestyle

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It’s interesting to listen to a group of school owners brag about their schools, according to three measurements: number of students, school size and gross revenue. Let the lying begin.Active student count is the most exaggerated number of them all. For example, I asked an acquaintance that owns a very small school his active student ...

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