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Discovering the Root Cause of a Problem

Last week’s blog touched on a process called ‘The 5 Whys’ which is best implemented as a tool to find the root cause of a problem. Quite often, ‘The problem is not the problem’. It was developed by Sakichi Toyoda, a Japanese inventor. It became part of the Toyota Production System and then Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. It is now... Continue reading

Online Learning is Exploding!

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems the world of online education has shifted into high gear and is getting serious traction! Here is a partial list of online learning platforms: Udemy.com  (We will be launching a course on this platform soon.) Ruzuku.com (We like these guys too – they make it look like we did all the work.) Kahnacademy.org ... Continue reading

Reality Distortion Field Needed for Small Business Success

Steve Jobs was known to possess and use what was described as a ‘reality distortion field’.  It was a magical and charismatic power he had to take the current impossible situation of his development team and distort reality so it would become possible. While it seemed magical due to the quantum of the accomplishments at Apple, our research at... Continue reading

Experiential Learning in Small Business and Entrepreneurship

It seems to me 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 tra... Continue reading

5 Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

It is the time of year we make New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2013. 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

There is No Magic Pill for Small Business Success

If we could just invent a magic pill that business owners could take to solve all their problems – our business problems would be solved too! And a lot of times, we come across business owners looking to us to provide the magic pill. While you might think they would be good clients, actually they are not. It never works unless the business owne... Continue reading

Carrots or Sticks – How Do You Motivate and Engage Your Employees?

I have observed the spectrum of management styles. I happen to believe more in the ‘carrots’ or positive reinforcement style. I have witnessed tyrant bosses wielding a large ‘stick’ too. There is some good research reported in the best selling book, The Carrot Principle, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. They report that the practice of ... Continue reading

Non-Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great (free) tool for determining where your website leads are coming from. You can decide to advertise in different ways: on LinkedIn, publish a blog or place an ad in your industry’s digital publication. When a potential customer show up at your website, Google Analytics will tell which advertising source created the lead.... Continue reading

The Power of Habit in Business

I just finished reading a good book about habits. The book is “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. When you think about it, business owners, employees and customers’ days are made up of millions of habits – most of them operating subconsciously. At our firm, part of any successful profit improvement strategy involves recognizing and chan... Continue reading

Business School Simplified!

We know most business owners don’t have formal business training. They learn from the 'school of hard knocks'. But when you search the web for business knowledge it is absolutely overwhelming. How do you know who to trust? Which body of knowledge is more valuable? At The Business Therapist® we have spent many years filtering through what is i... Continue reading