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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
 
5 Reasons to Make Business Self-Sustainability a Priority

5 Reasons to Make Business Self-Sustainability a Priority

Business self-sustainability is one of the key topic I write about regularly.  That’s because there are so many benefits that you get by focusing on business self-sustainability. The last post titled, How Big Do You Need to Grow Your Business for Self-Sustainability?, I showed how little business growth is really necessary to have business self-sustainability.  ... 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
 
Succession Planning vs. Exit Planning Which Do You Use?

Succession Planning vs. Exit Planning Which Do You Use?

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 is really identifying, training, and transferring the leadership/management of a company to another person or team of people.  Exit planning, on the ... Read More
 
Are You Sure You Really Want Rapid Growth?

Are You Sure You Really Want Rapid Growth?

This week we’ll look at the rapid growth stage of the small business growth cycle.  I haven’t spent much time on this stage of the growth cycle because it represents the opposite of what most small businesses want in their professional life – big corporate structure. While many small business owners say they want to ... Read More