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  • How to Stay in Business, Part Two

    by Lisa Sisley on June 13, 2019

    In Part One, I shared some observations about mindset regarding what you’re “selling,” whether that’s a product or a service. I advised that you don’t fall in love with what you’re selling, but rather with your customer, and give them what they want. This time, let’s talk about... Read More

  • How to Stay in Business, Part One

    by Lisa Sisley on May 16, 2019

    “If you build it, they will come” is only true in a movie. Everywhere else, you have to TELL them you built it. And then be prepared to build something completely different. Sometimes I ponder the differences between businesses that keep on truckin’ and those that fail. I know... Read More

  • Thank you, Coach Snyder

    by Lisa Sisley on December 19, 2018

    I’m no football expert, Lord knows, but I’ve lived in Manhattan long enough to remember the before, during, and now after of Bill Snyder’s time at the helm of our team. Aside from maybe Isaac Goodnow, it’s hard to imagine anybody before or since who’s made a greater impact on... Read More

  • The Deep End of the Pool: Leadership Kansas 2018

    by Lisa Sisley on November 15, 2018

    In October, I wrapped up a year of being in the Leadership Kansas program. And, boy, what a year it was. Here’s the thing. I’m a lifelong Kansan. Born in the south-central part of the state. Raised for part of my childhood in the southeast section. Spent the rest of it in the... Read More

  • New Boston: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

    by Lisa Sisley on January 18, 2017

    We have a team for a reason: Everyone has an area of expertise. And almost every client needs more than one professional to carry out a truly great project, no matter how big or small. Collaboration among those professionals is absolutely crucial to get powerful results. Read More

  • Question Everything!

    by Lisa Sisley on September 7, 2016

    We all ask ourselves a lot of questions every day. Is this milk still OK? Would something bad actually happen if I open that email addressed to “Dear One”? Why do so many people seem to own cars without a turn signal? And maybe you’ve even asked yourself some questions about... Read More

  • It’s the Little Things

    by Lisa Sisley on November 10, 2015

    So…it’s coming up on Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday. (Yes, I know our Canadian friends do Thanksgiving too, as do folks from a lot of other countries, but the WAY we do it is fairly unique, I think. With the Pilgrims and turkeys and football and stuff.) I’m... Read More

  • If You Haven’t Gone to a Pep Rally in a While…

    by Lisa Sisley on February 11, 2015

    Kristin, Susan and I went to the Fort Riley listening tour event on February 9, the purpose of which was to demonstrate to the Department of Defense powers-that-be that we here in the Flint Hills are good to our soldiers, and that it would be a very bad move to axe Fort Riley as... Read More

  • My Oh-So-Shocking Secret...Revealed!

    by Lisa Sisley on August 20, 2014

    I have an embarrassing secret. I love it when the K-State students come back to town. I really, really do. This just isn’t a sentiment we long-time Manhattanites ever ’fess up to having. It just isn’t done. Instead, we loudly complain about the hellhole that is Walmart from... Read More

  • “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise”: A Mixed Blessing

    by Lisa Sisley on March 3, 2014

    I'm starting to understand why everybody got all excited when Manhattan hit the magical 50,000-population mark a few years back. Now that this city is officially a statistical metropolitan area (SMA), and the region has a metropolitan planning organization (MPO), we are "... Read More