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How do Successful CEOs Spend Their Days?

December 10th, 2018 by

We talk all the time about how our clients can be more effective in their jobs, and the only way to be more effective as the leader of a small business is to simplify. Instead of taking on more and more, and working harder and harder, the only way to be really effective in your

How to Tell When You Need a Business Consultant

December 3rd, 2018 by

This week, I want to talk about how to tell when you might need a business consultant. This is different from a peer group, of course – this is focused one-on-one coaching with a business consultant. A lot of people think they need a lot of help, but really, they might just need a little

4 Strategies to Save an Under-Performing Employee

November 29th, 2018 by

As difficult as it may be to find, hire, and train good employees in today’s competitive marketplace, a solid strategy of how to handle under-performing employees can be critical to building an effective team. Keeping the adage “Hire slowly & fire quickly” in mind, are we pulling the trigger too soon? Are there employees who

You Don’t Have to Be “The Answer”

November 26th, 2018 by

This week we’re going to talk about why you don’t have to be “The Answer.” Many business leaders think that they have to be the answer to everything and everyone. It may seem that the other people in your business are not even trying to get the solutions that they need, and instead are coming

The #1 Challenge for Small Business Leaders

November 19th, 2018 by

The number one challenge that most small business owners have is that they don’t have enough time to get everything done. Your time is amazingly constrained, and the amount of things that you do in any given day is mind-boggling. I don’t know how you keep it up, year after year. But, to be honest,

The Missing Piece in Succession Planning

November 5th, 2018 by

Many people say there are seven major steps of business succession planning. 1) The initial reflection period, 2) evaluation of ownership alternatives, 3) grooming the next generation of owners, 4) determining a selling price or valuation for the business, 5) tax and estate planning, 6) obtaining financing, and 7) assuring a steady income flow to

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

October 25th, 2018 by

The biggest impediment to a small business’s success is they don’t know what they don’t know. It’s not a failure of intelligence, just that we all have blind spots. After all, there are things we simply don’t know or maybe even cannot know. If we knew what it was we didn’t know, we would read