Have You Learned to Think Like a Business Owner?

Man on Hamster Wheel

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 … [Read more...]

SPARC – A Process for Creating Business Self-Sustainability

Overworked

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 … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Make Business Self-Sustainability a Priority

Breakthrough Thinking

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 … [Read more...]

Discipline – One Skill Every Successful Business Owner Has Mastered

Discipline Marital Arts

I constantly get feedback and comments on how much sense the DE, Inc. SPARC 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 … [Read more...]

3 Skill You Must Master to Achieve a Business Self-Sustainability

Achieving the Success Stage

Do you hope to take a vacation some day and not worry if your business will still be there when you return?  Most small business owners worry about as much as they do being able to cover their bills.  The problem is not many are working at getting … [Read more...]

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

Paths to Your Target

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 … [Read more...]

5 Steps for Creating Accountability in Your Business

How to Create Accountability

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 … [Read more...]

How Does Accountability Impact Business Execution

Accountability Looking in the Mirror

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 … [Read more...]

CHANGE is the Main Purpose of Every Project

Change - compass to new direction

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 … [Read more...]

Successful Strategy Execution – Can It Happen Without Good Leadership?

Blindfolded over a cliff

Can successful strategy execution happen without good leadership?  My answer is that depends. Most people would say that it take as leader to lead the battle.  But I ask you, how many times have you seen a successful company with an incompetent … [Read more...]

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

Business Project Management Plan

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 … [Read more...]

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...]