Drowning

When I was about 12 or 13, I saved a little boy who was drowning. I didn’t really think too much about it at the time. When it happened, it…

How Can Systems Improve My Business

Systems are like recipes. If you follow a recipe, you get a predictable outcome, something you can count on. If you have a recipe for a chocolate cake and you…

Why are Systems Important in Business

What is a System? A system is a series of steps or processes working together to produce a predictable and expected output. Think about a car. The fuel system is…

G.O.A.L. – Get Out And Look

Business owners can learn a lot from truck drivers. Driving a big 18-wheeler comes with its own special challenges. The biggest challenge is probably the other drivers they are forced…

Guest Post: Mike Michalowicz

Use the Business Hierarchy of Needs to Move Your Business ForwardDiscover the critical issue you need to fix next  What is the next problem you must address or opportunity you must…

Happy 2020!

Happy New Year! When you hear someone say “2020” what do you think? If you’re like most people, you think of eyesight. Or rather, hindsight and the old saying “hindsight…

Communicate Like a Leader

To be an effective leader, you must be an effective communicator. Because, when you think about it, LEADERSHIP is COMMUNICATION. Leadership is communication. As a small business professional, you must…

Team-Building: Developing a Team You Can Rely On

Team building is important when it comes to managing people. People are simply more willing to work together when the atmosphere encourages it. For many organizations, teamwork is necessary for the…

Lack of Focus Could Cost You Millions

It’s so easy to let your mind get preoccupied and lose track of your goals and dreams. The world is full of distractions; more so than ever before, and they…

The Law of Attraction and Your Business

You’ve probably heard about the “Law of Attraction” that is covered in popular books by Esther and Jerry Hicks. Many people claim that the law of attraction has its roots…

Hang Gliding Tips for Your Business

My wife and I went hang gliding one beautiful weekend in May. Years ago, we stopped giving each other “things” as gifts because things get lost, things get broken. Things…

Contingency

Contingency Plans Contingency plans are essentially your “Plan B” or what you will do when Plan A fails or is no longer an option. Contingency planning is part of a…

Continuity Planning

Expect the Unexpected Continuity in business is critical. If you’re in business for yourself – if you are the boss, then you have to be prepared; more so than mere…

The Power of Checklists

I am a private pilot. I’ve had my license since 2008. I don’t fly as much as I’d like (it is a rather expensive hobby) but when I do fly,…

The Icarus Effect

You’ve probably all heard the song “Carry On Wayward Son” by the group KANSAS. Based on the opening lyrics, some people assume that the song is based on the Icarus…

Everything Happens for a Reason

So… I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. First, the bad news: Like it or not, you are responsible for your life. Your life is your own…

Coaching for That “Ah-Ha” Moment

During casual first meetings with people, the subject of careers often comes up. When people find out that I am a coach, there is invariably one person who challenges the…

Sometimes you Need to Listen

We’ve all worked with or managed that person. You know the one I’m talking about; we usually referred to them as the BMW: the person who is always bitching, moaning,…

Chivalry – The Knight’s Code

In a previous post, I spoke about my quest, a personal journey based on the ideals of Chivalry and Becoming a Chivalrous Leader. Continuing that theme, I want to talk…

Leading Change – Dispelling the Myths #2

“We Don’t Need Change Management.” Boy… if I had a dime for every time I’ve heard THAT phrase. Many business leaders think that having a project plan that includes a change…

Strategies to Save You Time

In my conversations with business owners, I often ask “What are the main issues or pain points that keep you up at night? What are the things in your business…

Living With and Learning From Failure

To be a successful entrepreneur you are going to have to learn to deal with – and learn from – failure. There is no way around that fact. Thomas Edison tried…

Entrepreneur: What is your passion?

One mistake new entrepreneurs make… getting involved in a business idea that doesn’t match their passion. They come up with an idea to make or sell some item that they…

Leading Change – Dispelling the Myths #1

People Hate Change This is the first in a series of blog posts dispelling the myths that surround change. You’ve probably heard them before and it’s likely that you heard them…

The Tentative Leader

Everyone has their pet peeves; I have several. The one that really annoys me is tentativeness and people who are tentative. We encounter tentative people all around us: driving in…

Becoming a Chivalrous Leader

What is Chivalry or being a “chivalrous leader”? First, there are many misconceptions when you mention the word Chivalry. People immediately picture knights in armor, immersed in bloody battle, pillaging…

Why New Managers Struggle

These are challenging times. All businesses struggle; large or small. The markets are fluctuating, customer loyalty can change at the speed of a mouse-click, and the constant pressure to innovate…

Communicating with Currency

As a Leader, knowing how to communicate with your employees is crucial. Part of that is knowing the currency by which the employee is motivated. By now, you’re aware of or…

Enough

  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough rudeness, incivility, lack of respect, lack of accountability. I’ve experienced this kind of behavior all too often,…

Be a Mentor

  Everyone needs a mentor, someone to “show them the ropes” and help them to gain the valuable skills that come with experience. I’ve had many mentors throughout my career,…

Mapping Out Your Strategic Plan

  It’s not enough just to know where you’re going (though that’s critical).  You must also know how you plan to get there. As you may already know, I’m a…

Playing the Victim

  Some people claim that they are a victim of circumstances. They would have succeeded if only…. they would have won the person’s heart if only… they would have arrived…

You Have Arrived

Hello 2016! I’m not big on making new year’s resolutions. If you’re honest with yourself, the topic of your resolution is more than likely something that you SHOULD have been doing…

5 Life Lessons I Learned from MacGyver

Most of you may not remember the ABC television series “MacGyver” that aired between 1985 and 1992. Richard Dean Anderson played a secret agent that used his resourcefulness and knowledge…

Choose the Right Communication Vehicle

Okay, so this is one of my pet-peeves: People who schedule meetings just for the sake of scheduling meetings. There are times when a meeting is necessary and there are…

What Example are you Setting?

  You are a leader, but how exactly are you leading? What example are you setting for your followers? When I was growing up, my mom used to tell us…

Happy Monday!

I spotted this image online and had to laugh. Can you relate? This used to be me. Most mornings I would wake up and be just fine; give me a cup…

The Power of Persistence

  Noted as one of the greatest United States presidents, Abraham Lincoln’s early life may not have reflected his potential greatness. He failed in business. He lost elections to the…

Stop Putting Emphasis on Self-Esteem

It’s lonely being the contrarian, but I disagree with most of the published and accepted works dealing with self-esteem. There are a lot of misconceptions about what self-esteem is, where…

Our Decisions Make Us Who We Are

Every decision we make, every minute of every day of our lives, makes us who we are. Read that sentence again, slowly. Let it sink in. That is a profoundly…

DITCH THE CHAOS AND SIMPLIFY YOUR BUSINESS

Don't Struggle Any More. These 6 Proven Strategies Will Help You Get Back Your Time and Sanity.