Create a Transformative Business Now!

What does it t to take to create a transformative business? What does it take to not only survive, but reach beyond and thrive? Envision a pyramid. The great Egyptian pyramids, for example, have withstood the millennia. Their structure is simple, elegant and substantive. Consider the pyramid as a model for building a transformative business.…

Are You Serious About Business? A 5 Point Checklist

Getting Serious. Are you serious about business? The first few years of business are amazing. You’re running hard; everything is new. There are a million things to get done, and you’ve managed to get enough of them done to get your business up and running. You have earned the right to be proud! There are…

5 Tips to Thrive in Business Today

    To survive and thrive in business is a never-ending challenge. Even when sales are growing and business booming, threats of a downturn, or new and aggressive competitors, or a shift in demand are the realities of life. Things will change, and that change can crush the business you worked so hard to build. Recognize…

15 Traits of an Inspirational Leader

Are you an inspirational leader? How would you describe yourself? What would your staff say? An inspirational leader brings out the best from staff members. The staff resonates with energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to go the extra mile. So how does a leader achieve this? Inspirational leaders: Respect their staff. Inspirational leaders hire talented…

Business Innovation for Fun and Profit – 5 Steps Plus a Template

        Business innovation can be a never-ending rat race. Customer expectations are constantly evolving and growing. The stakes are high and there is little room for wasted effort. Get a handle on business innovation. Focus and maximize your impact.   Get excited about change. Change is constant and accelerating. You can’t stop…

Happiness is an Efficient Meeting – 7 Tips Plus an Agenda Template!

When was the last time you were in an efficient meeting? When did you last walk out of the room thinking, “Wow! That was the best use of time, ever!” Whether the organizer or a participant, use the following tips to boost effectiveness. Know why you are meeting. Are you meeting to share information, or…

Profit and People: The Bottom Line

What is the bottom line for business? Revenues minus expenses is the stock answer, and it is absolutely correct. But what are the true expenses, and what is the true bottom line? Expenses are the payments made to generate profits. When profits are threatened, expenses may be cut.  And sometimes, to save the company, the sacrifices…

Time Management the Simple Hard Way

Time management is tough. Where did the time go? Whether you’re wondering about the last hour, day, week, month, quarter or year, time flies. And too often we don’t have as much to show for it as we hoped. So how do we capture time and put it to better use? First, be brutally honest…

New Beginnings for Business – Get the Worksheet

Another school year has begun, with new beginnings for students and families. The first day of school, or the first day of high school, or the first day of college – all milestones pointing toward hopeful and exciting futures. It is also a time for new beginnings for business.  Summer is winding down; vacations have come…

Building Business Now: Five Lessons from Bluegrass

Bluegrass music can teach us a lot about building business. Bluegrass builds connections. It’s folk music with energy and passion. A band “wailing, picking and grinning,” can move an audience to giddy joy or quiet melancholy. People “get it,” and are sold. There are business lessons to be learned, and like bluegrass itself, the lessons are simple.…