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8 Business Growth Factors You Can Influence and Grow Your Business

8 Business Growth Factors You Can Influence and Grow Your Business

In a previous post titled The Search for Small Business Growth Continues, I discussed that there are five stages and eight business growth factors that influence business growth.  This is based on extensive research and more than two decades of seeing them in action. In this post, I want you to understand what REALLY influences growth.  This ... Read More
 

What’s Really Important to You?

You always heard me say you need to figure out what you want in life before your business can be successful. So, at Thanksgiving I believe it is more important than ever to revisit what’s important to you. This year giving thanks has been even bigger meaning to me. For those of you that have ... Read More
 
It’ll Never Happen to Me – Business Succession Planning

It’ll Never Happen to Me – Business Succession Planning

The Hit by a Bus Scenario Anyone that owns a business has heard about the hit by a bus scenario at some point in time. The problem is we all deny it will ever happen to us. But, is that a realistic way to look at it? Business succession planning is how you address the ... Read More
 
Leading a Small Business vs. Large Organization

Leading a Small Business vs. Large Organization

I learned my leadership very early in my career.  In fact, I learned even before my career began. My leadership training came while I was in Air Force ROTC in college.  From there I spent 7 1/2 years applying what I learned in the best organization you can practice leadership – the United States military!  ... Read More
 
A Few Simple Things Bring Business Success

A Few Simple Things Bring Business Success

Business success doesn’t just happen. It’s a takes a lot of hard work. But, that hard work needs to be focused like a laser on what success means to you. Once you know what it looks like, it becomes a passion, a force more powerful than anything you can imagine helping you accomplish things you ... Read More
 
Slaying the Big Hairy Monster

Slaying the Big Hairy Monster

As human beings there is one thing that we all struggle with – fear.  No matter how big or strong you are we all have some deep seated fear that influences us in some way.  Our maturation and success as a human is directly related to our ability to understand the form which our “big ... Read More
 
How to Get Life Independence and Financial Freedom Using Your Business

How to Get Life Independence and Financial Freedom Using Your Business

It’s a new year.  Then economy seems headed in the right direction. And, from all the privately owned business owners I talk with they are aggressively looking to grow this year. These are all good things, but be careful!  If you’re focused just on achieving growth without a reason you could be just as miserable ... Read More
 
Do You Think Like a Business Owner or Entrepreneur?

Do You Think Like a Business Owner or Entrepreneur?

The Employee Scenarios Defined Several events recently occurred with client businesses that have made me take a step back and really try to understand why business owners make some of the decisions that they do!  For nearly a year I have been advising one client to put better employee systems in place.  Well, it’s finally ... Read More
 
SPARC – A Process for Creating Business Self-Sustainability

SPARC – A Process for Creating Business Self-Sustainability

I run into business owners daily that are frustrated by how chained to their business they are.  The reason for their frustration is that they started their business so that they could have MORE freedom, but just the opposite seems to be true!  This is because they built their business as a job and not to ... Read More
 
5 Reasons to Make Business Self-Sustainability a Priority

5 Reasons to Make Business Self-Sustainability a Priority

Business self-sustainability is one of the key topic I write about regularly.  That’s because there are so many benefits that you get by focusing on business self-sustainability. The last post titled, How Big Do You Need to Grow Your Business for Self-Sustainability?, I showed how little business growth is really necessary to have business self-sustainability.  ... Read More
 
Discipline – One Skill Every Successful Business Owner Has Mastered

Discipline – One Skill Every Successful Business Owner Has Mastered

I constantly get feedback and comments on how much sense the DE, Inc. SPARC Business Growth process and our approaches to business growth and business self-sustainability make for small business owner.  However, I have struggled for years to understand why small business owners won’t apply the advice and the process to achieve their goals. Recently ... Read More
 
How Big Do You Need to Grow Your Business For Self-Sustainability?

How Big Do You Need to Grow Your Business For Self-Sustainability?

In the past few weeks I have had several small business owners who I’ve met with that were interested in creating self-sustainability in their business.  They loved the idea that the freedom and independence which they wanted when they first started their business could be close at hand. They, like most business owners, thought their ... Read More
 
5 Steps for Creating Accountability in Your Business

5 Steps for Creating Accountability in Your Business

Creating Accountability is Critical to Business Growth I talk with small business owners struggling with employee issues all the time.  .  I often hear “Oh, that stuff is just for big companies.  We only have 10 employees.” Their mistake is that if business growth is really the goal, then they need to start thinking more ... Read More
 
How Does Accountability Impact Business Execution

How Does Accountability Impact Business Execution

Accountability was 1 of the 10 items mentioned in the previous post titled Business Execution – 10 Things Make You More Effective.  But why is accountability important to business execution? According to Webster’s Dictionary, accountability is defined as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” In the post, accountability was ... Read More
 
CHANGE is the Main Purpose of Every Project

CHANGE is the Main Purpose of Every Project

A good friend and associate of mine, Stacy Goff, has been saying for years that project managers are agents of change.  I’ve always believed this was true, however as I’ve begun my journey down the execution “rabbit hole” it has become even clearer. Think about it.  Why do you do a project?  You do it ... Read More
 
Sound Project Management (PM): A Key to Successful Strategy Execution

Sound Project Management (PM): A Key to Successful Strategy Execution

Strategy execution is a current theme at Your Small Business Growth.  So, I have been giving strategy execution a lot of thought.  There have been lots of connections that I have made as I think through this with my associates. One of the big connections has helped me solidify why strategy execution has come so ... Read More
 
Business Execution – 10 Things Make You More Effective

Business Execution – 10 Things Make You More Effective

Last week I started a new set of articles focused on execution titled Why Business Execution in Critical to Successful Growth.  In it I tried to convey the difference between just taking action and business execution, also known as business strategy implementation.  The main difference is FOCUSED vs RANDOM action. This is a pretty simple ... Read More