Business Execution – 10 Things Make You More Effective

Action vs Execution

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 … [Read more...]

Why Business Execution in Critical to Successful Growth

Climbing a Mountain2

Businesses plan for growth all the time.  The difference between the successful ones is that they executed the plan!  It seems kind of simple.  But, how many times have you planned something and then never followed through?  Business execution is … [Read more...]

Creating Business Systems – Your Key to Self-Sustainability

Marketing Process Flow Chart

It is amazing how many businesses are stuck in stage 2 - the survival stage of growth.  What is it that causes this to become an obstacle to business owners developing a self-sustaining business?  In a word – MANAGEMENT! If you aren’t already … [Read more...]

Why Passion is Critical for Business Success

Vision and Passion

This week I figured I would talk a little bit about the first step in the strategic planning process – defining your passion.  A while back I wrote a posted titled Why So Many Small Business Owners are Unhappy where I made an observation of why small … [Read more...]

Understanding Strategy vs Tactics: A Key to Business Growth

Strategy vs Tactics

The debate over strategy vs tactics rages on and on.  It is an important topic, and I will show you why in a moment.  However, if you ask any trusted adviser you’ll find that everyone has a little different opinion.  And even worse, usually uses … [Read more...]

Thank You and You’re Welcome – Please!!!

Service Rep Helping Customer

I read a random post by an old friend on Facebook last night.  She’s not a big blogger.  But, her Facebook posts are always entertaining. So, when I saw that she had posted a blog.  I thought this should be a good laugh.  Nothing could have been … [Read more...]

8 Critical Factors for Any Succession Plan

Resistance Diagram

As I presented in my previous post Succession Planning vs. Exit Planning Which Do You Use?, the primary goal of any succession plan is leadership transfer.  So, you can imagine that things can get a little tricky. One of the biggest reasons is … [Read more...]

How to Get the Most Out of Life

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

My wife paid me the highest compliment this week. And she didn't even realize she did it . We were on vacation and just browsing the shops on the beach.  She saw the little card in the photo and said "hey Dino, this has you written all over … [Read more...]

Succession Planning vs. Exit Planning Which Do You Use?

Succession Planning

Often the terms succession planning and exit planning get used interchangeably.  However, there is a definitive difference between the two. It’s important as a business owner that you understand the difference. Succession planning focuses on … [Read more...]

Successful Succession Planning – 9 Things to Consider!

Succession Planning

Succession planning is something too many small business owners think about too late!  Many don’t even think about succession planning because they believe that they will just sell their and that’s the end of it. However, even with the sale of a … [Read more...]

3 Stages to Rapidly Achieving a Self-Sustaining Business

Distractions

Last week I introduced the correlation between the growth cycle and creating a self-sustaining business in my post “What Is a Self-Sustaining Business?”.  This week I’d like to share how to begin moving toward making your business … [Read more...]

Does Good Leadership Meet Needs?

Servant Leadership Book Cover

A few weeks back in my article title Answering the Hard Questions About Leadership, I asked the question “what is the nature of leadership?”  I received several dozen responses to the question via a variety of social media channels. It was more … [Read more...]

Answering the Hard Questions about Leadership

QuestionMark

In my post last week titled Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth I mentioned my recent reading of James Hunter’s book The Servant.  He makes some interesting statements in the book as he leads you toward what he believes is leadership. I … [Read more...]

Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth

Servant Leaderhsip

A few weeks ago in a presentation a local business leader whom I very much respect suggested a book that I had not heard of before on leadership – The Servant by James Hunter.  So I wrote it down in my Evernote and looked it up over the weekend.  He … [Read more...]

5 Owner Competencies Required for Rapid Business Growth

Business Growth Improves with Planning

There are dozens of articles and blog posts written every day about what you need to really grow a business.  Most tout the most obvious aspect – more money and financing; better marketing; added sales; a raving customer; etc. Tell me something I … [Read more...]

5 Questions Help You Get Past Shiny Object Syndrome

Shiny Object Syndrome

I see small business owners get distracted from their main vision all the time.  It’s amazing how many owners have attention deficit disorder (ADD). ADD can be a strength in business.  But, it also presents its challenges by creating what I call – … [Read more...]

What’s Your Greatest Challenge in Exiting Your Business?

Businessman with World on Shoulders

Is Your Business Ready for You to Leave? Last week I post a question, “What's Your Greatest Challenge in Exiting Your Business?”, on LinkedIn.  My intent was to get some feedback before writing the next few weeks’ posts on “exit/succession … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Way Because the Time Is Never Right!

Businessman Under a Glass

It amazes me how many small businesses are frozen with fear of the unknown.  For years most businesses struggled.  First it was the weight of the financial crisis.  Then it was healthcare.  Next, it was the election.  Now, what is the … [Read more...]

6 Step to Creating A High-Impact Growth Strategy

Business Growth Strategy

I have advocated for years that growing a small business is a defined and repeatable process.  The past few weeks I shared all the definitive research and available resource to support my premise. My hope is you now have an appreciation for the … [Read more...]

Do You Really Know What You’re Chasing?

Why

I was attending a local networking event today.  The presenter was a local serial-entrepreneur that shared his most recent success story and his philosophy on what he felt was important to entrepreneurial success. Everything he said was right on … [Read more...]