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The Business Therapist® Manifesto

As inspired recently by Holstee, the team at The Business Therapist® has developed our own manifesto. We found this to be a collectively creative experience and the process helped clarify our beliefs.    Does your business have a manifesto? We believe businesses can benefit by clarifying 'who you are' and 'what you do and why'. ... 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

Do You Have a Great Business Idea?

Do you have a great business idea? Is it a secret? Do you know for sure in your gut it will be a great success? Great ideas are often the beginning of a great business. The process of taking an idea and making money with it is called a 'commercialization strategy'. In the web space it can also be referred to as 'monetizing' your idea. In my opi... 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

The Definition of an Entrepreneur

Here is my definition of an Entrepreneur: An entrepreneur is a person who has a clear vision of their future business. He or she has the ability to assemble a team and communicate the vision to them in a way that motivates everyone to work together in pursuit of the vision. The entrepreneur’s main role is to passionately lead the team forward to... 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

The Lean Startup – Pivot or Persevere

I just finished reading one of the best books I have read in a long time (and I read a lot of books). It’s called The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Eric provides a scientific and proven approach to creative and innovative product developments. Although the context is for a startup business, it is just as relevant for an established business that w... Continue reading

Aligning Personal and Business Goals

If you are unsure of your personal goals, with what do you align your business future? As part of our visioning work at The Business Therapist®,  we check for alignment between the business owner’s personal goals and their business goals. Personal goals to consider: Personal income and equity goals – What income would you like to be ma... Continue reading

A Structure For Business Visioning

My previous post detailed a few of the business challenges that arise when the actions and attitudes of the business owner contribute the some of the business problems. It can be phrased using the old Greek saying, ‘when the head of the fish starts to rot’. This post is about how to put a vision into action and reduce the problems. Even when... Continue reading

The Fish Rots From The Head Down

There’s an old Greek saying that says, 'The fish rots from the head down'. The more time I spend advising business owners, the more I witness that the actions and attitudes of the business owner (the head of the fish) impact every part of the business operations. Small business owners are typically strong on the technical aspects of their bus... Continue reading