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Category: Business mentality

Is it Entitlement? Millennials and Mentorship

Is the current younger generation any different than the previous younger generation?  I used to be part of the younger generation and I was fortunate to receive good mentorship on work ethics. Take for example the current challenge of millennials who arrive late to work. I had a millennial co-worker who texted me 10 minutes before she was supp... Continue reading

Getting Beyond Your Barriers to Success

Sometimes business owners need to get out of their own way. I just reconnected this week with my old friend and mentor, Rick Solomon. He has recently opened his Centre for Enlightened Business. He and his team have developed a process to help advisors and business owners get out of their own way. We use similar philosophies in our work with b... Continue reading

Bad Backup Behavior

Are you doing computer backups ? I will likely get around to doing mine tomorrow! Why don’t some of us do this when we know we should? It is usually a behavior problem. Bad behaviors result from problematic beliefs. For example: Problem Belief: I won’t have a problem with my computer today so I don’t need to do a backup. Or... Continue reading

An Essential Element of a Startup Business

Every startup needs a “designer”. In fact, it could be said that the designer is the most important person. Let’s clearly define “designer”. The designer can be thought of as the builder of a bridge between the technology or great new product idea and the potential customers - the human beings. On one side they are the engineers who... Continue reading

2 Crucial Elements to Business Success and Happiness

Is it considered ‘old fashioned’ to run your business with honesty and integrity? Honesty in Business The best part about being honest is that you don’t have to remember everything you say, because it’s the truth. Honesty is always the best policy, even when it can be personally humbling or embarrassing. Integrity in Business A common o... Continue reading

Why Do You Keep Your Business Idea a Secret?

When a business idea is kept a secret, we refer to it as ‘stealth mode’. You protect your world changing idea from the world - at all costs! You want to keep it a secret until the big launch and take the world by surprise and profit! This may seem ‘reasonable and rational’ to future business owners currently in ‘stealth mode’, ... Continue reading

Changing Poor Business Behaviors and Beliefs

Do you agree with the following statement?  “You can’t think your way into a new way of acting, but you can act your way into a new way of thinking.” We do. Here’s why: In order to change a behavior (acting), first you must change a belief (thinking). Here’s the perfect example: You can’t lose 10 pounds just by thinking about i... Continue reading

Free Yourself From Your Business

Working on your business vision is not usually the first thing you do when you get to work. However, by gaining clarity, alignment and then communicating your vision is the secret to freeing yourself from your business. The jobs to be done: Get clarity of vision to get freedom Here is how it works: Step 1: Make sure you are clear about you... Continue reading

Improving Your Advertisements Effectiveness

Here is a great way to understand good and bad 'headlines' in business advertisements. Open up a newspaper or magazine that has advertisements from multiple small businesses on one page. See which business's advertisement grabs your attention the most. My prediction is that the advertisement with the headline that addresses a pain or a need ... Continue reading

Experiential Learning in Small Business and Entrepreneurship

There is a missing piece in the way small business owners acquire knowledge. I participate in an experiential learning program at a university business school.  It is a great program in part because it provides real life experience for the students. There is a structure and science to the process of experiential learning. The traditional lear... Continue reading