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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Do You Really Know What You’re Chasing?


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...]

Leadership’s Most Important Factor

Ignite Passion

Last week a local story caught my attention as it exemplified the question often asked about leadership.  What is the most important factor that influences good leadership? A coach from a local high school with an tremendous record was hired by a … [Read more...]

Protecting You Most Precious Resource

Protecting Time

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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

Transitioning from Inventor to Entrepreneur

Turn Ideas to Money

Turing 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, … [Read more...]

Leading to New Horizons of Success

Personal Change

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 … [Read more...]

Self-Awareness – Your First Step to Breakthrough Success

Reflecting and Self-Awareness

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 … [Read more...]

The Major Barrier to Executing Your Strategic Plan

The Thinker

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 … [Read more...]

Excuse Me, What Is It You Can’t Do?

Breakthrough Thinking

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 … [Read more...]

Carrie’s Story – How To Get Past ANYTHING!

carrie on mic

When you have a dream, sometimes you have to let it go and change directions.  It is hard to do, but you need to look beyond the negative and look for the positive in your situation.  In the end you will come out better than you ever thought … [Read more...]

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

Leadership Courage

With the recent 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 … [Read more...]

Success Step One – Find Your Passion


You have probably heard the adage “the first step is the hardest.”  Nothing could be truer when it comes to success!  It’s the reason most people flounder or never reach their goals.  Because to get there you need to look within first, and define … [Read more...]