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Protecting You Most Precious Resource

Protecting You Most Precious Resource

The most precious resource a business owner has seems to be the one that we protect the least – OUR TIME!!!  Funny thing is, everyone starts with the same amount of time every day.  Yet some people can make millions while others seem to struggle just to breakeven. What’s the difference between these two ends ... Read More
 
3 Things to Get the Right People on the Bus

3 Things to Get the Right People on the Bus

To build a business it takes a team.  In fact, it’s more important than most small business owners think! Ask any investor or lender and 9 times out of 10 they’ll tell you the most important factor that they evaluate is the TEAM.  Why?  Because if they’re giving you money they want to know that ... Read More
 
4 Characteristics for Creating High Performance Organizations

4 Characteristics for Creating High Performance Organizations

Over the past month I’ve posted on several important topics including delegation and outsourcing.  If you’ve read these posts you may have seen some mutual skills/actions needed. They are not specific to these topics. I began searching for the common theme in all these areas and it hit me that high performance organizations have many ... Read More
 
Want Better Results?

Want Better Results?

Just Ask Better Questions Every year for Thanksgiving I write a special heartfelt message to those in my contact list.  I struggled this year.  It was becoming so difficult for me to write that I went back and looked at messages from years past.  While reading, I remembered some sage advice that I gave a ... Read More
 
3 Elements That Makes Outsourcing Work Successful

3 Elements That Makes Outsourcing Work Successful

Last week I posted on the 5 things you can do to test if an affiliate partnership will work before you invest a lot of time and energy into a the relationship.  Another critical tool for a business owner is the ability to outsourcing work from time to time as a strategy for adding capacity. ... Read More
 
5 Steps to Creating Affiliate Partnership that Work!

5 Steps to Creating Affiliate Partnership that Work!

Nothing Happens Until Someone Executes   I am always asked to participate in ventures, join alliances, and partner with businesses.  Rarely do I get involved.  And, my rationale for saying “no” seems to upset a lot of people as a result. Having been part of the business world for nearly 3 decades, and a business ... Read More
 
Transitioning from Inventor to Entrepreneur

Transitioning from Inventor to Entrepreneur

Turning Your Vision into Reality This is a topic I was asked to revisit for an upcoming presentation.  Back in 2010 I gave the same presentation to the Tampa Bay Inventors Council and it was well received.  Not sure how many people heeded my advice, but what I presented then is still and will always ... Read More
 
The 6 Step Business Success Process Re-Visited

The 6 Step Business Success Process Re-Visited

Last week in the post Will Your Business Grow This Year?  I asked some very tough questions to get you thinking about what’s necessary to assure you’ll hit your business goals for this year.  Have you asked the questions yet?  And is your Q4 plan ready to get you there? Looking at this year is ... Read More
 
Leading to New Horizons of Success

Leading to New Horizons of Success

Success is a destination that you define for your company.  It represents the vision of a new vista; a new horizon; a new set of possibilities for your business – a change.  That means you will need new skills and competencies.  You will need to change to deal with success. Change will be a key ... Read More
 
Self-Awareness – Your First Step to Breakthrough Success

Self-Awareness – Your First Step to Breakthrough Success

Last week’s post The Major Barrier to Executing Your Strategic Plan, talked about self-awareness as a key to moving your business’ agenda forward.  Mentioning self-awareness increased my self-awareness and I saw several posts this week on the topic. Each of the posts that I read was very good.  They discussed self-awareness in the context of ... Read More
 
The Major Barrier to Executing Your Strategic Plan

The Major Barrier to Executing Your Strategic Plan

Last week I update the learning objectives for an end of year strategic planning retreat workshop I conducted several years back.  Something struck me that could hold the answer to why small business owners struggle in executing their strategic plan. First what struck me as odd is that most small business owners are very good ... Read More
 
Leadership and Management – An Example of the Difference

Leadership and Management – An Example of the Difference

Last week’s post titled The First Step in Improving Leadership for Your Small Business was an overwhelming success as it created an incredible dialog around what is the difference between leadership and management.  I want to thank the dozen or more people that commented on the post and contributed to better refining and understanding of ... Read More
 
Excuse Me, What Is It You Can’t Do?

Excuse Me, What Is It You Can’t Do?

Creating Success Means Getting Past Your Negative “Personal Speak” After last week’s leadership post titled “Do You Have the Courage to be the Leader Your Business Needs?” I’ve had a lot of conversations about the big part a small business owner’s personal growth plays in business growth.  No argument here at all. During the same ... Read More
 
Do You Have the Courage to be the Leader Your Business Needs?

Do You Have the Courage to be the Leader Your Business Needs?

With the passing of Stephen Covey, of 7 Habits of Effective People fame, I have been in deep thought about the impact self-improvement has on leadership and business growth.  I was an early advocate of Covey’s model, as I felt it simplified a very complex problem we all have – in what order do we ... Read More
 
2 Skills Create Entrepreneurship on the Beach

2 Skills Create Entrepreneurship on the Beach

Been at the beach for a short vacation this weekend and made a surprising observation. It doesn’t matter how big or small an establishment, if you think like an entrepreneur you can build a self-sustaining business!  What are the things that move a business owner in the direction of entrepreneur? While here at the beach ... Read More
 
3 Reasons Growth is Hard for Small Business Owners

3 Reasons Growth is Hard for Small Business Owners

If you are a small business owners struggling with the growth of your business there are 3 potential strategic factors that are keeping you from small business growth. Do you fully understand your desired personal outcome for your business? Do you understand the cause and effect impact of your decisions on their business? Do you ... Read More
 
3 Questions You Must Answer to Successfully Exit Your Business

3 Questions You Must Answer to Successfully Exit Your Business

I attend a lot of meetings and seminars focused on exit planning.  But, most fall short because they only focus on the transactional portion of the process. In fact, if you follow the advice that I’ve been posting for more than 2 ½ years now, you’ll get there!  Then all that transactional stuff will be ... Read More
 
Leadership – A Critical Success Factor in Small Business Growth

Leadership – A Critical Success Factor in Small Business Growth

Leadership is a discipline that have I studied most of my adult life from ROTC to the Air Force to Business, and finally as an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America.  One of my favorite quotes on leadership is the Successories® poster: The Essence of Leadership “A true leader has the confidence to ... Read More