Archive For: Personal Growth

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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Creating Business Systems – Your Key to Self-Sustainability

Creating Business Systems – Your Key to Self-Sustainability

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 familiar with the stages  of the growth cycle or the main goal ... Read More
 
Why Passion is Critical for Business Success

Why Passion is Critical for Business Success

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 business owners get dissatisfied by life and business. ... Read More
 
How to Get the Most Out of Life

How to Get the Most Out of Life

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 it!” I read the card and instantly ... Read More
 
Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth

Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth

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 said it was a quick ... Read More
 
Make Your Own Way Because the Time Is Never Right!

Make Your Own Way Because the Time Is Never Right!

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 problem? I’ve been telling clients and any other business owner that would listen for ... Read More
 
Do You Really Know What You’re Chasing?

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 point and what I have experienced myself over the years.  One thing that really jumped out ... Read More
 
Leadership’s Most Important Factor

Leadership’s Most Important Factor

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 major university to become an assistant coach.  For a high school coach this ... Read More
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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