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

Goal Setting

October 22nd, 2018 by

Does goal setting work? And a second corollary question, does strategic planning work? I want you to think about this. We always talk about the importance of strategic planning, but first, I want to talk about goal setting. There was a study done recently where they set up five different groups of people. The first

Decision Making through Consensus – part two

October 11th, 2018 by

Last time, we talked about the types of people who will be reluctant to making changes within your business, and who will therefore tend to dissent from decisions involving change. How do you engage people? Listen and learn. In some ways, the people that want to say no to your new ideas are teaching you

Decision Making through Consensus – part one

October 8th, 2018 by

This is the first post of two about the concept of “Consensus” in business. Many businesses say they make their decisions by consensus. But what they actually mean isn’t “consensus,” it’s “unanimous.” Look, we all want everyone to buy in to our new ideas or our new initiatives in our businesses, but it’s utterly unrealistic

Making Your Vision Stick

October 4th, 2018 by

How do you make your vision stick? We talk about vision, mission, and values all the time in this blog. Why is it that nobody else really believes in this vision and this mission the way you do? Why is it not as close to their hearts as it is to yours? That’s not the