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Business Decision Making – Dictatorship or Consensus?

What’s better? One dictator boss or a leadership team? Dictatorship Advantages: Speed -  A dictator can make a decision on the spot and start implementing it right away. Businesses with one boss therefore can make decisions quickly. Clear responsibility and accountability -  It is crystal clear who is responsible for the decisions. Less par... Continue reading

The Importance of Aligning Your Business and Personal Goals

As a business owner, do you ever feel like you are sitting in the back seat and your business is driving your life from the front seat? This happens a lot. We call this an alignment problem. It is usually because your personal goals aren’t aligned with your business goals. Then the business goals take priority. One of the symptoms of this is lo... Continue reading

Solve Business Anxiety with Action

Whenever I feel a little stuck and stressed about what to do, I find thinking more about it doesn’t help. One way to break through is to take action – and any action is better than no action. Some examples: Financial Stress: If you have clients that are slow to pay you, drive directly to their place of business and ask them, 'how's it going?'... Continue reading

Don’t Avoid Firing an Employee

Don’t avoid the 'bad apple'! Warning – This post may suggest an action that could be personally uncomfortable but surprising profitable shortly after execution! If you would rather just avoid personnel challenges, then stop reading now. As a business owner, dealing with employee issues can be difficult, but not dealing with them can be worse.... Continue reading

Communication in Business – Having the Discussion

Last week I wrote a post about communication in business. This article is a follow up with more details and suggestions on the actual ‘chat’. In preparation for an important or uncomfortable discussion, it is a good idea to set aside a time and place ahead of time and let the person or persons know what the discussion will be focused on. In s... Continue reading

How to (Not) Motivate Your Employees

Shocking news for most small business owners – it’s not about the money! In the discussions I have with the majority (but not all) of small business owners, there is an assumption that employees are motivated most by money.  “If I give them a raise, they will work harder”. Unfortunately, I have also heard, “I gave the employee a raise a... Continue reading

Overcoming Procrastination as a Business Owner

If you’re like me and a lot of my clients, you get stuck in a holding pattern - just looking at the tasks that you really don’t want to do - procrastinating. But if you completed these bothersome tasks, your business would benefit greatly. Here are some tips I gave to a small business owner client of mine, who couldn’t get around to his inv... Continue reading

Is Your Business Stuck in a Rut?

I am a business owner and an advisor to business owners. If you have had the ‘stuck in the rut’ feelings - I have stood in your mud boots. There have been many days when I have felt like I was stuck in a rut. Responsibilities, to do lists, and conflicting priorities have left me feeling overwhelmed. Then, there are also those days when thing... Continue reading

3 Ways to Make Time for Small Business Planning

As a small business advisor, I often talk with business owners who have a list of strategic planning ideas to work on. The problem is they are too busy to get to them! They seem paralyzed by the constant demands placed on them from all directions. If this happens to you, consider the following three ideas. #1 - Make a Don’t List Everyone has he... Continue reading

Are You Like the Frog in a Pot of Boiling Water?

Are you like the frog in the pot of boiling water? It is a known scientific fact that if you take a pot of water and bring it to a boil and then take a frog and drop it in – guess what happens? It jumps right out. Surprised? I didn’t think so. It is another known scientific fact that if you take a frog and put it in a pot of water at room te... Continue reading