All posts by Ryan M. Akins

Investor, Entrepreneur, Listener and Learner. Ryan currently serves as Regional President of Dale Carnegie for the North Texas region. He graduated from The Dale Carnegie Course in 2011.

Coaching Employees Without Making Them Feel Like Idiots

“High performers need direct communication about what they are doing wrong. They need to hear, ‘this is what you did wrong, and this is how you need to correct it,’” […]

Thought vs. Action in Business Success

What’s the perfect balance between these two forces we feel tugging at each other as we build our businesses?  Are they mutually exclusive or complementary?

Choosing Your Friends in Business (and Life)

I’m standing on stage at John B’s in Arlington, singing my favorite Sublime song (“Santeria”) in front of a room of strangers, aside from the three people I came with. […]

3 Ways to Fight “Organizational Fear”

Why don’t people speak up?  Where’s the drive to win in these people?  Why aren’t my people going after it like I am?

Lessons from the Lemonade Stand

I couldn’t stop thinking to myself that this was a bad location.  My 10-year-old daughter and her friend chose a location on a street that had little traffic.