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Category: Business tips

Book Review – ‘Remote’

I just finished the new book Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37Signals.  The writing style is quite pleasant to read as it is very short chapters with lots of white space (so you can read a lot of pages faster).  They also wrote a book Rework, that was a New York Times bestseller. I wouldn’t recommend read... Continue reading

3 Tips for Dealing with Constant Interruptions

With all the great technology to make the world more productive it seems there are more ways to be interrupted than ever! Here are 3 tips to help you get your work done: 1)     Create your own barriers – If you don’t ask your co-workers to stop invading your space, why would they stop invading your space? I think the key is to start by 'as... Continue reading

Do You Communicate ‘Business’ or ‘Family’?

Mixing a family and a business is like mixing oil and water. A design problem with this dynamic shows up when two family members communicate in the business. As an example, if a father works in the business with his son, the father may have to give instructions to his son.  While the father may think he is talking to his son just like he is talki... Continue reading

Enjoying Your Life

I recently found this picture that I took in St. Maarten a few years ago which made me stop and think. I wondered how hard the owner of  the 120’ yacht would have worked to buy it? What sacrifices did he make? Did he feel like the 'king of the hill' when he bought it? So I made up the following commentary for the picture: Joe Business Owner ... Continue reading

Value vs Time – A Tip for Business Owners

As business owners, we sometimes forget how many years of school, real life experience or both are involved in being able to share our talent in only in a few short minutes.  The following old story makes a great point: A young woman was strolling along the street in Paris when she recognized Pablo Picasso sitting having a coffee at a café. She ... 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

Hiring and Firing Employees – The Best Tip

Some business tips need a lot of explanation, support stories and other jeba – jeba. This particular piece of business advice stands on its own:  Hire slow          Fire fast Thanks to my good friend and client Martin Bates at Advanced Basement Systems for sharing it! Further discussion is available by appointment.... Continue reading

Create Time Saving Business Systems

Back in the old days, we used procedures manuals for recording our systems. At the old accounting firm it was called the 'How We Do It Here' manual. The documented systems came in handy One of the most valuable was a one page 5 step  process of how to reset the internet connection when it stopped working. When the internet stops working the team... Continue reading

Good Employees are Hard to Find

As a business owner, have you ever said, 'why is it so hard to find good employees?' Let's determine if this statement is: a)      A Universal Truth, or b)      A Belief we hold in our heads If 'it’s hard to find good employees' happens to be your belief, it is impossible to recognize it as such. That’s because your belie... Continue reading

Implementing a Change in Your Business

We all want to implement positive changes in our businesses but making it actually happen is not easy. Two problems often occur 1)      The boss loses his energy and slips back into the old routine. 2)      The team doesn’t 'buy-in' to the change because the last 10 times the boss was energized he quickly slipped back into the old ... Continue reading