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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

Expert Knowledge as a Product

How many times does the boss have to politely and respectfully deliver the same message to the same employee for them to get it? Why is it if an outside expert comes in and tells the employee the same thing, they suddenly get it? It can get really expensive hiring experts to come in and work with your employees every day.  Fortunately, the world... Continue reading

Who Will Buy Your Business?

I had a tour of a town in the oil patch in Alberta this week. The local tour guide pointed out a lot of small businesses that had similar attributes:        Started 20 to 30 years ago by one guy and one piece of equipment and now it has 20 to 25 employees, a fleet of trucks, or trailers, or drilling equipment, or other tools of the trade to ... Continue reading

The Importance of Small Businesses

Saturday, October 20th 2012, Canada celebrates entrepreneurs and small business with the first Canada’s Small Business Saturday, an initiative by the CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) and Interac. Why is important to ‘fish in our own pond’? Doesn’t our livelihood come from our own community? Why would we take our local e... Continue reading

A Small Business Succession Plan Needs a Quarterback

Succession planning is a huge multi-year process. Even at the small business level there is a number of 'players' involved: -          The insurance agent looks at the insurance need. They think more insurance is better. -          The banker wants security from everyone involved - the retiring shareholders and the new level ... Continue reading

Succession Planning Advice

Succession planning tip #1 :Count the living people as living! In doing succession and estate planning, it is important to work through various scenarios and timing of life events and plan for each of them. Sometimes we make assumptions about certain events that don’t turn out to be true. One example is three brothers who came to see me for bus... Continue reading

The Business Therapist Expands this Week

Before the word gets out on the mainstream press pages, we wanted to make sure our blog subscribers get the scoop first! The scoop: Rich Thornton C.A. has joined The Business Therapist® team as a full time Advisor and Director of Research and New Product Development! You can read about Rich on our 'About' page. It feels like our business has ... Continue reading

Happy Anniversary to Us!

The Business Therapist Inc. has reached another big milestone. April 21, 2012 is the one year anniversary of the launch of our website and blog! This is a great time to reflect and revisit our purpose in the digital world. We focus on two main objectives with our content – One is about 'business' and the second is about 'therapist'. 1)  ... Continue reading

Acting Versus Thinking

Today marks a significant milestone at The Business Therapist Inc. This is our 100th blog post! Here is a little history of how we got here: a)      I talked about doing a blog for about 2 or 3 years, sometimes I thought really, really hard about it and it came near the top of my to do list a few times. b)      I read two books on blog... Continue reading

Business Decision Advice

Please, just make a decision! Has this ever happened to you? You’re driving down the road and your passenger is the one who knows how to get to your destination. As you approach a fork in the road the conversation goes something like this: You: What do we do when we get to the fork? Passenger: You can go either way, it doesn’t matter. You: ... Continue reading