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...]

3 Skill You Must Master to Achieve a Business Self-Sustainability

Achieving the Success Stage

Do you hope to take a vacation some day and not worry if your business will still be there when you return?  Most small business owners worry about as much as they do being able to cover their bills.  The problem is not many are working at getting … [Read more...]

How Big Do You Need to Grow Your Business For Self-Sustainability?

Paths to Your Target

In the past few weeks I have had several small business owners who I’ve met with that were interested in creating self-sustainability in their business.  They loved the idea that the freedom and independence which they wanted when they first started … [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...]

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...]

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...]

3 Stages to Rapidly Achieving a Self-Sustaining Business

Distractions

Last week I introduced the correlation between the growth cycle and creating a self-sustaining business in my post “What Is a Self-Sustaining Business?”.  This week I’d like to share how to begin moving toward making your business … [Read more...]

What Is a Self-Sustaining Business?

Man in Gears

I talk about a creating self-sustaining business all the time.  In fact, it’s what we do a DE, Inc.! Assist small business owners in growing a self-sustaining business. But, what does a self-sustaining business really look like?  And, how do you … [Read more...]

Build a Successful Business by Asking the Right Question

Start Line

To build a successful business is easier than most people think.  You just need to ask the right question that lead you there in the most direct way possible Tonight I’ll be meeting a bunch of new people.  Most will be at the event because they … [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...]

Tuning Your Revenue Engine – A Real World Story

Businessman Juggling

Last week I discussed how fear of taking action can be the killer of dreams.  One reason business owners don’t take action is they don’t understand the cause and effect of their business actions. The week before last I wrote about how you can … [Read more...]

6 Step to Creating A High-Impact Growth Strategy

Business Growth Strategy

I have advocated for years that growing a small business is a defined and repeatable process.  The past few weeks I shared all the definitive research and available resource to support my premise. My hope is you now have an appreciation for the … [Read more...]

Finding Your Business’ Growth Stage!

Questions

Last week I set the stage for understanding contributing factors to growth.  Also, it’s important to understand what’s required in each of these factors changes as you move through the stage of growth. But if you don’t understand where you are … [Read more...]

Do You Know Your Business’ Growth Cycle Stage?

Coming Soon Post It low res

This month’s focus is on the growth stages.  This is one of those critical topics that nobody really talks about. A business matures just like a person.  If left to chance you can see the level of maturity of people.  A business is no different. … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Establishing a Repeatable and Sustainable Business

Manager Delegating

In a previous post titled Getting Beyond the “Survival Stage” of Growth in Your Business, I touched on the process by which you begin building systems which your business can operate on its own.  Here I want to focus on how you actually do … [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...]

Small Business Growth FACTS

Small Business Growth Facts

Here are some interesting facts that I have uncovered while researching my posts, e-Books, and  upcoming business book that are very revealing. Put yourself in the upper end of these categories by applying our strategic planning methodology. … [Read more...]

2 Operationally Goals Help You Achieve the Success Stage

Success Stage Decision

Here we go again.  It’s decision time!  If you’ve done what was necessary at the existence and survival stages of the growth cycle you should be able to make the necessary decision now. As you will recall from my previous post Is Indecision … [Read more...]

How to Profitably Refine Your Operation in the Survival Stage

efficiency collage

Consistent profitability is the goal of the survival stage.  So, your focus operationally needs to be increasing efficiency and productivity. If you can do what you do faster, you can improve cash flow which in turn helps profitability.  But, that … [Read more...]

4 Areas of Operational Focus in the Existence Stage

Operational Objectives

This week let’s get back to looking at the strategic objectives within each business function as you move your business along the growth cycle.  So, far we’ve looked at marketing and sales.  So the next logical step is to look at operations. No … [Read more...]