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Moving into the Passing Lane

Moving into the Passing Lane

Labor Day is behind us and 2020 will quickly be nearing an end. We still have lots to accomplish between now and Dec 31, 2020. There will be a Presidential election which will have a distraction on many in the workplace regardless of which set of ideals they may follow. As business leaders we need to get our own houses in order. Finishing up what was a crazy year of a shutdown, a reopening and reworking plans which this time last year did not account for a pandemic.

So we can either throw up our hands and not plan – staying in the right hand lane and see what happens or we can set our sights on bigger and better times and put on our turn signal and move out into the passing lane. It is about making choices and taking action. Regardless of your choices – standing pat or advancing with commitment you are likely to run into obstacles. This is why planning becomes such an important part of your annual strategies. You likely did not include (Personal Protective Equipment) PPE as a line item in your budget last year. You more than likely did have a cleaning and maintenace budget but with the additional needs to clean due to COVID-19 that budget was used up differently.

The variety of change coming at us demands we remain focused on what we can have influence on while dealing with the unexpected. Maybe your traditional 5 year planning session is no longer valid in terms of certain specifics coming out of the pandemic. There are definitely critical aspects of your business which need timely attention now and each quarter moving forward.

As you shift into higher gear into the passing lane for 2021, remember the driving process as a guide for driving your business forward. First, have the positive intent to commit to the choice – Changing lanes. You can’t hesitate or it potentially can cause an accident. Second, put on your turn signal – let everyone know in your organization what is going to happen. Finally, once you move into the fast lane, do what you promised to yourself to accomplish even when the road ahead might be not completely clear.

This week is your opportunity to make a choice to move forward or sit back. Coming up in 2021 there is going to be lots of opportunities regardless of the outcome of the election. Now is the time to get the jump on your competition as they just cruise along in the right hand lane while you take this time to advance forward.

Ready to get your organization positioned to accelerate forward in 2021? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida to schedule a business changing engagement process.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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We pause for Prayer like Lincoln

We pause for Prayer like Lincoln

As we all navigate 2020, many people I speak with are challenged by what is going on around them. The pandemic and what that means for their health, safety and future. The social distancing and what that means for work, school and personal relationships. The social unrest and how this is going to impact the future of our communities and neighborhoods. The election and what this could potentially mean for the direction of our nation and all of its citizens. These are just the tip of the iceberg of concerns many are dealing with in 2020.

I realize there is a movement of “Cancel Culture” which is trying to erase history in favor of some new and different future. Unfortunately, erasing our past and not learning from it has potentially disastrous consequences. Therefore, today I offer up a piece of history that I hope you will join me in regardless of faith, political beliefs or any other framework your mind might conjure up to skip this opportunity.

In August 1861, then Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States made a proclamation of a day of fasting and prayer for our nation. This was during the Civil War when our nation was at odds with itself. You might see some parallels to the environment of our nation at this time and place in history. There is division and mindsets which are at odds with each other. The proclamation of 1861 called for a day of Fasting and Prayer on the last Thursday of September that year. The last Thursday of September 1861 was the 24th. This year of 2020 the last Thursday of September is the 24th.

You might be asking yourself what this would have anything to do with your business. It might have absolutely nothing or could be everything depending on your present view of your situation. I offer this up to you as a means to give consideration to what you can do for your business, country and community. Maybe you are not a person of faith or just maybe you might be lost in your journey of faith. Regardless of where you are right now, all of us can participate in this day of Fasting and Prayer this coming Thursday, September 24, 2020.

The picture is a copy of the proclamation

and here is a link to a YouTube podcast for some additional insights.

I have been asking myself what I can do during these challenging times. I’m making a conscious choice to participate and ask each of you to make a “Promise” first to yourself and then to others to take on this opportunity for Fasting and Prayer for our nation.

At JKL Associates we live by the “Promises” we make. Interested in a culture where “Promises” mean something? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida or schedule a time on our calendar to have a conversation – https://calendly.com/jklassociates

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246

OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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Your Business is NO Republic or Democracy

Your Business is NO Republic or Democracy

2020 has been quite the ride. Early in January the economy was going great. Unemployment was at all-time lows. If you wanted to engage your talents, there were definitely opportunities to support your wants. Then the virus arrived and began to wreak havoc on all aspects of our lives. From the direct health implications to the fallout of work and schools. Systems we thought we had a solid handle on went sideways in directions no one could have predicted. Issues of social injustice, riots, violence, and many levels of mob rule vs law rule have been being tested. As we position our personal lives and business worlds for the remainder of 2020, we also have a Presidential election which is weighing in on everyone as well.

As there is in each and every election, a lot is riding on votes cast and decisions made by you and me on candidates and other aspects of our communities. It is therefore critical that we understand the nature of rule of law vs rule of majority. In your organization there is typically a lead resource. Call them CEO, President, or owner but someone is at the top having not only the final say but also the final liability and accountability. If your business was a government some might say it would be a dictatorship. Generally speaking, you were not directly elected by your constituents to the role. You started a company and now run a company of many talented employees.

Our society here in the United States of America is governed by a Constitutional Republic. This was put in place by our forefathers to protect us all from our government. To give opportunity and framework to protect the little guy, the minority, the outcast. You might have just asked yourself that you thought our government was a democracy. Your answer regardless if you responded in the form of a question like on Jeopardy would be incorrect. You likely hear this word of democracy bantered about on media as if to train your ear and mind to believe we are a democracy but currently we are not. It is not the intent to make this a civics class or history lesson but as leaders in our business and our communities we MUST work from the perspective of fact and not guess or noise.

This communincation is brought forth as a means to bring dialogue to the forefront of business. In every organization there are challenges which need attention. The question this week is – do you have a framework of policies and procedures to deal with them? If you do then great! Are you accountable to them? If you adhere to a framework to build your business, take care of your employees and service your customers then your business is running under the premise of good business practices. You use the framework to enable and encourage rather than intimidate and diminish. This approach of investing and growing your business, assets, people, and customer base comes from being a leader and not a dictator who owns the business.

Your challenge this week is to look back upon decisions made in the past 8 months. Some were incredibly challenging with the economic shutdown etc. but give yourself some quality time to determine if you were mentally investing in the business future or putting up barricades to future prosperity. By having a framework like a constitutional republic where everyone can benefit from growth and justice so too can your organization thrive moving forward.

Interested in getting a framework in place to give navigational guidance to your business so it can run more independently? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and let’s have a meaningful conversation.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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A time for reflecting on labor

September 3, 2020

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A time for reflecting on labor

This weekend we celebrate the value of labor. A time to pause and reflect on all those who contribute to the benefits we all enjoy in our society.  This year we have had many challenges to embrace and overcome. Some are still being dealt with while others may appear to be behind us still linger as we move closer toward the end of the calendar year.

On Labor Day, take a few minutes to say a prayer for all those who during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic have gone above and beyond in their labor for humankind —

Our Doctors, Nurses and associated hospital and medical staff, Research and other scientist,
Our Police, Firefighters, Emergency Medical personnel and First Responders,
Our essential workers in grocery stores, drug stores and many other providers of goods and
services,
Our postal carriers and various delivery service personnel including UBER and Lyft drivers for food
deliveries.

2020 has been a year of many disruptions, distractions, challenges and changes. Let us all who enjoy our freedoms give proper respect to all who labor for our nation.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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Racing for Results

August 27, 2020

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Racing for Results

As part of your annual business planning efforts, you need to be starting the process to looking at 2020 and sorting through the information to plan for the next cycle of business.  Yes, 2020 was in no way shape or form normal.  Planning for 2021 is going to require special attention and time.  The amount of change which took place so far in 2020 will have a carryover impact on 2021 so start your review and planning soon.

For some framework to help guide you in your evaluation of 2020, think in terms of a marathon and not a sprint. Both are sporting activity which are done by runners but typically they train very differently and get different outcomes.  Your business needs to look at the nature of which type of runner you and your industry play in.

Using the acronym RACE – you should look at the following elements of 2020.  R- Results, what results did you plan on having and what were the actual end results. A- Actions, what specific actions were taken (or not taken) to contribute to achieving those targeted results. C- Challenges, what were the challenges which presented themselves that either enable better results or derailed the progress toward achieving the results. As part of challenges, consider how fear of the unknown played into the actions taken and results achieved. Finally, E- Evaluate, looking at all the data points dig deeper than the obvious and understand what really took place.  What influence you had over the outcomes and which were the results of things completely out of your control.

For example, the COVID-19 pandemic shut the economy down which none of us had direct control over.  In some businesses this had a direct impact on lowering results.  Revenues were down and not all expenses were minimized.  Government support systems contributed but how did those impact the results. In other businesses, the support systems contributions along with being an essential business actually gave the business a direct economic boost not planned for in the prior year’s plan.  Those results would not have been achieved under the original planned conditions.

As you can see, each and every business was impacted uniquely. Therefore, each of us need to plan differently. Rolling over of the previous year activity and expecting more by pushing or doing more likely won’t be a strategy just more of a reaction. Yes, that is the planning process of some businesses. Taking prior year numbers and arbitrarily coming up with a desire percentage increase and letting the spreadsheet run a new set of numbers.  I would not be supportive of such a play on numbers for any business.

The planning for 2021 is not a 100 meter sprint nor a 26.3 mile marathon but somewhere in the middle depending on the nature of your business, the level of data you collect and the commitment you have to the process.

One thing is for certain, those businesses who had a detailed plan and solid economics coming into 2020 are faring out far better to those that came into 2020 flying by the seat of their pants.  We are all in restart mode. Even if you have never taken the time to plan out your business objective in the past. Now is a good time to start planning for 2021.

Need support for crafting your 2021 strategies and business plan? Want to engage a promise guide to help get your compass pointing in the right direction? Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida to start the conversation.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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Employee Engagement is Critical

August 20, 2020

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Employee Engagement is Critical

So what makes your employees tick?  What keeps them motivated to contribute to the company’s objectives?  What conditions are they looking for to enable them to grow and develop into their full potential?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions then you are not in touch with the needs of your team.

In the last century, the age of the industrial revolution from the days of agriculture, there were many really good contributions to our society.  The automobile and advanced manufacturing were part of that time. Medical practices and the advancement of drugs have reduced many life threatening illnesses. Quality improvements, systems and procedures for all kinds of daily work routines have been created.  Educational efforts expanded to allow for better understanding and knowledge to contribute to the success of both the business and the individual.

We are no longer living in that century.  With the age of technology and digital infrastructure, the needs and the demands of people have changed as greatly as from the transition from agriculture to factories. Vast improvements in creature comforts have allowed for greater time freedoms and more expression of personal interests. Leisure time has expanded exponentially allowing for more distractions to the basics of working the field all day to working in the factory all day to working from home some part of the day.

2020 has introduced a whole new view of things to come in most all sectors of our society and business.  Remote workforces and hybrid work teams are now part of many organizations’ operation plans for the future. Consumers have been introduced to more creature comforts of ordering online and either curbside pickup or delivery have now become integrated into the purchasing system.

As business leaders it is incumbent upon you to figure out how these changes are influencing both your customers and your employees. The employees which were furloughed or laid off may now be returning to roles which are different. Your customers’ expectations are different.  Your employees’ view of their way of working is different. The changes which our society and business have had to adopt will not be temporary in nature.  Many will become the new best practices of our business models.

As this continues to roll forward, having employee engagement will be the difference in many aspects of your business: retention of your best staff, retention of your customers and clients, revenue and profit production just to name a few. This week you should take the time to get in touch with your employees’ engagement needs going forward and determine how your business culture can support these new and evolving needs.

Need some insight tools to get directly into the understanding of each employee? JKL Associates has a suite of Employee Engagement assessments to bring understanding and appreciation for the how, what, and why a person engages the way they do. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and let us show you how this investment will contribute to your future results.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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Relationships Drive Revenue

August 13, 2020

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Relationships Drive Revenue

Rolodex’s have been replaced with CRM systems. Personalized letters have been replaced by email and text messages. What has not changed is the basics of human interaction and the need for relationships. It has always been true but with the events of the past few months it is more critical than every before. As the world came to a grinding halt over the pandemic, both individuals and business alike were forced to change the nature of their relationships.  No longer could sales reps go out on to the street and make face to face sales calls.  After hours social gathering stopped. The entire social energy of human kind was placed on pause.

Now that we are all in some phase of adaptation to these new and different business dynamics we are realizing how strong or weak our relationships really are. At the beginning of this business as usual interruption this blog made reference to the need to be reaching out proactively to your customers, clients, colleagues and reinforcing the integrity of your relationships. Yes, it was a time to spread common support but it was also a time to engage your consumers with authentic care for their well being.

It has proven to be true that those businesses with very strong client relationships have been weathering the economic changes far better than those organizations with weak or insignificant relationships with their customers.  The same is true internally in your business.  If you had weak relationships with your staff then during this time of adjustment the integrations were more stressful.  There are some trends where staff is not returning to work for a variety of reasons.  Some are economic in that subsidies are valued greater than pride of work.  In other cases, employees were given a time of reflection on what they want to do with their lives and for whom they want to work with.  This is causing many to seek out new or different employment opportunities.

If your relationship with your customers or your staff were weak to begin with it has impacted your financial opportunities. Just like your staff, your customers were also given a chance to rethink who they want to do business with going forward.  If you and your business are hard to work with then a change may have taken place.  On the other hand if your customer relationships were solid and growing then you may have actually incurred a revenue growth as your cleints shifted purchasing to a smaller vendor base.

This week, take some time to evaluate your relationships with your customers and your team.  Is there work to be done to rekindle the relationships and make them more substantial? It is not too late to engage your clients and employees in productive conversations about the future and how all can benefit from a productive relationship.

Relationship building and positive communication MUST be a priority moving forward.  Do you have solid practices to achieve both? If not, give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida to investigate how “Promise Culture” can be a solid foundation on which to build your future.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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The Business of Life

August 6, 2020

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The Business of Life

(Due to a technical issues, this is published late)

Over the past few months, we have all had some additional time to think about our lives, our businesses, our jobs, our families, our relationships. Some of us have taken this time very seriously and put time, energy and quality thought into what the future is going to look like. Others simply took the time to engage in TV watching, video gaming, and all sorts of other distractions.  Both have their place in our lives.  We need a blend of strategic thinking and completely mindless enjoyment.

This story of COVID-19, world pandemic, economic shutdown, social dysfunction or whatever label you choose to place on the past months is far from over. No, I’m not directly referring to the virus reeking additional havoc on all of the above aspects.  That is greatly possible as long as people make conscious decisions not to respect themselves and to not respect others by following reasonable health guideline. I’m referring to the aftermath of where do we go from here as a society.  Normal, whatever it use to be, was a perception people had crafted in their own mind is gone. What does that mean for each of us in our lives and in the working world?

It boils down to using our talents and the freedom of choice and free will to investigate, explore and discover what is truly meaningful, purpose based, authentic and genuine for ourselves to be a contributor in the new world emerging from the ashes. WOW! That sounds kind of bleak. Unfortunately, it can be if we are idle in the use of our minds and talents.

During this time of rearrangements of priorities and future focus, we have a unique opportunity to reinvent ourselves and our businesses. A business and a life have very similar paths they take in time. Both have a birthing point – a starting point. Both have various events which shape how they model future actions and behaviors. Both have defined cycles of growth and maturity.  Some businesses and people lag in some areas and some accelerate in others. Both have a time of sunset or expiration that is inevitable for human life but can be extended in business by passing a business along to future generations to cultivate.

This week take a few minutes to look at your life and at your business.  What stage are you in and what stage is your business in?  What plans have you made for yourself and what plans need to be made for your business?

The largest benefit of COVID-19 is that it is giving all of us (business and people) a restart option.  Some businesses and people will use this to their advantage and will be criticized for it. The perception of taking advantage of a situation but the reality is all of us have the same option. Others will succumb to the economic virus (business fail) and yet others with weakened immune systems will succumb to the actual virus. Neither of these are pleasant to hear or speak about but are part of life.

As you look at your world around you, ask yourself which group you are going to be part of? Are you going to look at this time of 2020 and use it for good or evil?  Should you choose to go for good, give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and lets discuss how engaging a Promise Guide can be all the difference as to the outcome you desire.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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Are you selling or servicing a need

July 30, 2020

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Are you selling or servicing a need

The economy is still trying to figure itself out.  We have had starts, stops, pauses and peddle to the metal and all the jerking around might be getting both your business and customers sick. Not directly from a virus but all the happenings swirling around in the economy.

Early on in the current state of economic challenge there was essentials buying – toilet paper, hand sanitizer and the like. Then it moved to various food products like meat etc. As the time passed and the government injected cash into the economy in various forms from direct to citizens stimulus checks or through business via payroll protection programs etc., money began to work its way into the economy.  Most of this was in the consumer marketplace.

As the various levels of re-opening the economy began to take place, the business world needed some of these same essentials for cleaning and providing a safe and sanitary environment for all (staff and patrons) who would enter their businesses. Most of these types of purchases would fall under a need to purchase.  It was not a like to have. It was a requirement so the need was very high in the operational expense category.

Moving forward as you engage your customers and clients it is going to be critical that you distinguish whether you are providing a product or service to a need or a want. Businesses still have many wants.  The challenge for the near future is they won’t have the money for wants, only for needs. So for your sales team, you will need to look at your customers through the lens of helping them resolve a need as opposed to selling them something they want.

You might say to yourself that you have always sold to a customer need. I would tend to agree with the general statement but coming out of this most recent economic challenge, the marketplace is very unstable/uncertain. This does not mean gloom or doom. What it means is that you MUST be far more attentive to the real needs of the customer and how you can help them effectively and efficiently remove their pain by serving them rather than just selling them a product or service.  The justification process has gone way up and although a need may have existed prior to the economic change, the priorities have changed and new assessment criteria is in place to define need vs. want.

Are your sale people listening at the level they need to be to hear the customers’ pain? Do you need to engage them in a more immersive listening and understanding effort to generate sales? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and lets discuss your NEEDS!

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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Everyone needs a Guide from time to time

July 23, 2020

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Everyone needs a Guide from time to time

About a year ago, a seasoned hiker took a walk into a tropical forested area she was generally familiar with from past excursions. As it was territory she had been in previously and did not anticipate any challenges. She ventured out all alone not letting anyone know where she was going hiking.  She wanted some peace and quite so she left her phone in the car and started down the path. A short time later she saw a rock just a few yards off the path. She elected to go climb upon it and take a rest.  She had ventured just a short distance from the path to not just take a load off their feet but also to get a great view of the vista.  Life was great! After a short time and taking in all the peaceful surroundings she ventured back to connect with the original path she entered into the forest and return to civilization. This is when things got all turned around. Although she was just a short distance from what she thought was the original path of return, it ended up being a different path which lead her in a different direction.

So what does this have to do with you and running your business? EVERYTHING…

As business leaders we are all on some path or journey to arrive at some future destination achieving some results or success. The journey leads us in many directions and we have numerous choices to make along the way. Sometimes the view is very clear like looking across an open field where we can not only see your destination, but we have things like the sun and stars to guide us along a given path. Other times the path is tree covered, dense with challenges that at times seem overwhelming to navigate.

During those times when information is coming at you and you are having to make choices you need a guide with a good compass to help you make the best decisions for yourself, your business, your team, your clients etc.  Without an ability to separate all of the noise of information you begin to rely on your past experiences which in some cases might give you bad input.

Going back to our experienced hiker, a few missed steps and she was lost without access to phone or support. This was a real situation which turned out ok. After a three week search of the forest the hiker who was dehydrated (did not take water with her) and in a level of physical challenge was located just a few yards from the path that would have lead her in the direction they were seeking.

This week as you look at your business, be aware that even those who have experience and “have done this before” are not with out the need for getting good solid insights from a business “Promise guide.” The business world is different.  Your business is changing.  Engaging a guide to help you navigate all the noise might just be the difference in getting results and have great success.

At JKL Associates our “Promise Guide” is ready to assist you in navigating your journey to a successful outcome. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!

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