Archive For: Personal Growth

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 at achieving objectives. …

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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. …

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Success Step One – Find Your Passion

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, because you need to find your passion!  It’s the reason most people flounder or never reach their goals.  Because to find your passion you need to look within first, and define what you want out of life for yourself. …

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1 Simple Question Can Change You Into an Entrepreneur

1 Simple Question Can Change You Into an Entrepreneur

I was at a networking event this morning for business transition planning.  The statistics were shocking as to how few small business owners really think about transition planning, or more traditionally referred to as exit planning.

As the speaker referred to these statistics my recent post Entrepreneurs Build an Asset NOT Just a Job came into clear focus. …

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How to Have Success – Getting Out of Your Own Way!

How to Have Success – Getting Out of Your Own Way!

Recent activity in my consulting business has revolved around a number of start-up companies.  It has made me revisit the foundation of the small business growth cycle once again.  One of the observation I that I wrote about in an earlier post titled “Is Your Startup Focused on the Right Objectives?…

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2 Ways to Eliminate Frustration with Your Business

2 Ways to Eliminate Frustration with Your Business

This week I’m trying something NEW a video blog!!!  It’s the first in a series of video we’re doing with New Marketing Lighthouse alliance partners Rokosz Studios. Please share your thoughts so we can determine if this is a more effective method of delivering information to help you with your small business growth.…

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12 Steps To Successful Entrepreneurship

12 Steps To Successful Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a goal to which many wish to aspire.  But, why do so many fall short?  In my 2 decades of helping small business owners to grow their business here are 12 things that I often see overlooked.

1. Know what you want personally before you get started (personal goals)

When people start a business they do it for a reason. …

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Why So Many Small Business Owners are Unhappy

Why So Many Small Business Owners are Unhappy

I have been doing some intensive thinking for marketing purpose this past week. In the process I stumbled upon an interesting realization about our target market – small business owners.  As I looked for what motivates our best prospects, I came to the conclusion that most got in business because of their passion. …

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10 Leadership Tips We All Can Learn From a Boy Scout

10 Leadership Tips We All Can Learn From a Boy Scout

If you’re not leading your business, who is?  That’s a pretty obvious statement.  But, can you answer it yourself without doubt?  If you ask 10 people, “What is leadership?” you’ll get 10 different answers.

While my 3 sons were growing up we found Boy Scouts in a time when we all needed a little structure in our lives. …

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First Step to Success – Creating Goals That Motivate

First Step to Success – Creating Goals That Motivate

In my last post, Nowhere Land – Stuck Between Small Business Survival and Success, I shared the fact that while many small business owners have personal success they do not have business success.  This is because their small business relies on their efforts to create a profit rather than repeatable business systems creating the profit. …

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A Great Stress Reducer

A Great Stress Reducer

At the end of January 2010 I switched to a “smart phone” as my PDA began acting up and the cellular carrier price wars rage on. As I look to see how some of the time management tools I have used for years work on my new device, an associate asked if I had ever read “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. …

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Lack of 2 Diverse Skills Hinder Owner Success

Lack of 2 Diverse Skills Hinder Owner Success

A familiar annoyance in me was recently sparked by several small business owners I met. As I searched for a reason for their common behavior the conclusion was quite startling. It was startling because their behavior stemmed from the lack of two major skills for business success.  …

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The Barrier to Achieving Success

In my post “Are You Holding Your Business Back” I wrote how personal change is needed before you can achieve success.  If that’s all it takes then why don’t we just change?

Fear is at the core of why we all resist change. …

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Personal Change – Are You Holding Back Your Business?

Personal Change – Are You Holding Back Your Business?

Some of the most difficult work I do with small businesses is getting owners to embrace personal change. We ALL have strengths and weaknesses. It is usually the weaknesses that keep us from performing at our peak potential.  When these owner weaknesses are not addressed and the owner is at the helm, the everyone suffers as a result. …

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