Small Business

Time to Stop Planning

Action means it’s time to stop planning. You may be thinking, “But wait, I want to be sure the plan will work.” Well, how will you know? Read the rest of this entry »

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80/20 Focus

The 80/20 rule (Pareto’s Principle) is one of the most useful concepts for business and life in general. 80/20 focus is a way of applying it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sit On It Before Changing

When things change so fast how can someone say sit on it before changing? Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Outside the Box Thinker

You’ve undoubtedly heard a statement like, “She’s a real outside the box thinker”, right? The truth is everyone is in a box when it comes to their thinking. The question becomes one of how did that box get created and Read the rest of this entry »

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Philosophical Basis of a Business

Chances are you may never hear someone discuss the philosophical basis of a business, but if you listen closely you will realize they have one. So, what do I mean by the philosophical in this context. Read the rest of this entry »

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80/20 Rule for Forks in the Road

In business, just as in our personal life, we often come to the proverbial “fork in the road”. Maybe the 80/20 rule for forks in the road can help with decisions. Sometimes it is as simple as choosing one of two things, but more often it involves selecting from a multitude of options. In other words, life’s not always straight forward, including when it comes to business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Measuring the Right Things?

In business there seems to be an unlimited number of things to measure. But the question is, are you measuring the right things? Read the rest of this entry »

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Remember What Your Business Is

Do you ever get so caught up in details that you essentially fail to remember what your business is? Of course this question is a little tongue-in-cheek as I doubt anyone truly forgets what they are selling. Rather this has to do with how we all can get so distracted by the nitty-gritty details of running a business that we Read the rest of this entry »

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Employees are Not Pawns

Have you ever worked at a company where the everyday employee was treated as if they were expendable? There was likely either an owner who alone or with the cooperation of a favored few simply ran roughshod over everyone else. They perhaps have either forgotten or chosen to ignore the reality that employees are not pawns to be manipulated like they were part of some sort of game. If you’ve ever played the board game of chess you know that pawns are Read the rest of this entry »

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In Business You Must Keep Learning

For a company to survive be sure to understand that in business you must keep learning. There is no two ways about it; change is continuous and what worked yesterday or even today will likely not work in a few years or even a few months. Read the rest of this entry »

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