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Category: Business inspiration

Innovative and Entrepreneurial Inspiration

With business and life, it can be helpful to remember that what we think might be a new idea or concept may actually be more timeless. Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States provides an excellent example. He was known for many great achievements, including authoring the Declaration of Independence. While this may be his most fa... Continue reading

Borrowing and Combining Innovation

Borrowing innovation is easier than inventing from scratch! Think you have to start your invention from scratch? Why not combine existing innovations? Here’s two examples of incredible innovations over 100 years apart: Henry Ford (1908) Henry Ford actually borrowed three existing innovations for his assembly line: i) Interchangeable part... Continue reading

A Focused Approach to Business

We have many new ideas and products in development at The Business Therapist® and this week we are taking our own advice – focus on one thing and make it happen! We have a book in development on family business dynamics and another book about small business strategies for taking on big box competitors. We are also exploring platforms for digit... Continue reading

Self Limiting Beliefs

A fundamental part of our business model is to help business owners identify a self-limiting or business-limiting belief. The biggest problem in doing this is that they don’t look like self limiting beliefs to the business owner. To them and all of us, these beliefs show up as reality. As you can imagine in performing this part of the job, the d... Continue reading

5 Tips for Successful New Year Resolutions

It is the time of year we make New Year’s resolutions or goals Here are some tips to increase the probability that you will achieve your goal: 1)     Focus on only one goal at a time - Pick the most important one. It's OK to pick an easy but important goal. When you accomplish it, you will want to keep going on to the next goal. 2)   ... Continue reading

Soft Skills for Business

I was at a meeting last week, where the idea of increasing the soft skills training in the business community might help the region grow. It was confirmed by another participant that the region who could get the jump on this would really differentiate themselves. So what are soft skills anyway? Communication skills – This would include developm... Continue reading

There is No Magic Pill for Small Business Success

If we could just invent a magic pill that business owners could take to solve all their problems – our business problems would be solved too! And a lot of times, we come across business owners looking to us to provide the magic pill. While you might think they would be good clients, actually they are not. It never works unless the business owne... Continue reading

Real Core Values in Small Business

One of the things we do for our business owner clients is to help them clarify and communicate their core values.  We can create documents and posters that address the organization's view on respect, integrity and honesty. When the values are clarified and communicated you might think the exercise is done. We don’t think so. We believe 'more ... Continue reading

Back to Business Basics

Many business owners desperately seek methods to attract new customers. Consider businesses you frequent Why are you a loyal customer? Business owners can often see areas for improvement in their business by considering their interactions with other successful businesses. Related Article - Focusing on Customer Retention is Profitable Get... Continue reading

The Power of Habit in Business

Business owners, employees and customers’ days are made up of millions of habits – most of them operating subconsciously. At our firm, we believe that part of any successful profit improvement strategy involves recognizing and changing existing habits within the business. The book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg covers this phil... Continue reading