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...]

10 Keys to a Success Business Plan

10 keys to a successful business plan

I saw this article and infographic in Entrepreneur and said “they nailed it!”  You’ve heard me talk about business plans from time to time.  It’s not the plan that is important to you as a business owner.  It’s what you learn by going through the … [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...]

Answering 4 Questions Makes Your Revenue Goal More Achievable

4 fingers

What would it be worth to know exactly what every person in your business needs to do to achieve your revenue goal for next year?  Imagine if every person's objectives were set specifically to support the revenue goal!  It's actually simpler than you … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Revenue Next Year

Sales planning

Well fourth quarter is here. While many will scramble to hit their revenue goals, if they're not on track yet it's probably because they started too late last year.  So, this year start earlier to improve revenue next!!! Most sales managers will … [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...]

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...]

Successful Succession Planning – 9 Things to Consider!

Succession Planning

Succession planning is something too many small business owners think about too late!  Many don’t even think about succession planning because they believe that they will just sell their and that’s the end of it. However, even with the sale of a … [Read more...]

Cash Flow is KING: How to Monitor It Easily!

Cash FLow water facet

While cash flow is a regular topic here, it's been a while since we hit the topic from a finance and accounting perspective.  While many small business owners find accounting to be tedious it is extremely important if you ever want to have success … [Read more...]

How to Increase Revenue by Year End

Team Increasing Sales

Will you hit your revenue goal for the year?  It's 6 months into the year.  Do you know where you stand and what it will take to increase revenue so you hit your goal or what will it take to get there? If you are on track to hit your goal, what … [Read more...]

6 Questions That Help You Increase Revenue

Values Compass

Completing Your Mid-Year Sales Recalibration We’ve hit the mid-year point again.  Many small businesses are looking at their numbers and asking “can we get there from here?”  That depends, are you going to leave it to chance or are you going to … [Read more...]

5 Owner Competencies Required for Rapid Business Growth

Business Growth Improves with Planning

There are dozens of articles and blog posts written every day about what you need to really grow a business.  Most tout the most obvious aspect – more money and financing; better marketing; added sales; a raving customer; etc. Tell me something I … [Read more...]

5 Questions Help You Get Past Shiny Object Syndrome

Shiny Object Syndrome

I see small business owners get distracted from their main vision all the time.  It’s amazing how many owners have attention deficit disorder (ADD). ADD can be a strength in business.  But, it also presents its challenges by creating what I call – … [Read more...]

4 Tactics to Jumpstart Your Sales

Woman on Phone

Ok, so how did Q1 sales end up?  Were they where they needed to be, or are you already behind on your 2013 goal? Well, your sales won’t just happen.  You have to plan and work the plan.  But, you want to work smart! There are only 3 different … [Read more...]

What’s Your Greatest Challenge in Exiting Your Business?

Businessman with World on Shoulders

Is Your Business Ready for You to Leave? Last week I post a question, “What's Your Greatest Challenge in Exiting Your Business?”, on LinkedIn.  My intent was to get some feedback before writing the next few weeks’ posts on “exit/succession … [Read more...]

Personal Credit Card Usage for Business May be More Pain Than Relief

The number of people using their personal credit cards for business purpose is growing and that might just prove to be a disastrous financial decision given the risk of mixing pleasure with business. The National Federation of Independent Businesses … [Read more...]

Become Proactive Instead of Reactive with Your Revenue!

Forecasting Revenue Crystal Ball

Are You Watching the Wrong Business Metric? We’re almost at the end of the first quarter.  So, the smart businesses are beginning to look at their revenue to see if they’re on target for the year or not.  Are you going to make it? While revenue … [Read more...]

3 Things You Must Know Before Engaging in Content Marketing

Small Growth Content Marketing Collage

Last week I discussed the process of developing personas so you understand who you’re talking to and what message that you need to be delivering to them.  Once you know who you’re talking to and what to say, who do you engage them? Today content … [Read more...]

4 Steps to Speaking to Your Customer Personas

Customer Personas

Last week we talked about how to make your marketing 10 times more effective.  My point then was by refining your message to the personas that are your prospects improves your communication.  Thus, you have better results in connecting with your … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Marketing 10 Times More Effective!

Segment Your Target Marketing

OK, it’s been a while since I hit the topic of marketing, so I figured it was time again.  Plus, I read a pretty good article titled Small businesses use targeted marketing to contact specific customers It amazes me how many small business owners … [Read more...]