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Top Blog Posts of 2013

Many business owners share the same needs and frustrations. A key for us in understanding what is important to business owners is by regularly reviewing our website statistics. Here's our top 10 blog posts of 2013.  10. Business Strategy: Hope or Hypothesis - Do you use the ‘hope’ strategy in your business? It goes something like this: Let... 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

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

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

Early Retirement Plan

I came across this story in my files from many years ago. Unfortunately I don’t know the author, but here is a great story: A New York city investment banker named 'Shiny Shoes' was down at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village. He was on a hard earned vacation. A small boat with one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yel... Continue reading

The Business Therapist Difference

One of the 5 Things we work on with our clients is differentiation. We also work on these 5 Things ourselves – we do practice what we preach! One way to describe our difference is by what we are not. We are not ‘accountants’. The word ‘acountant’ triggers a subliminal response when mentioned. Try meeting someone and telling them you are... Continue reading

Rick Spence – 7 Great Secrets of Entrepreneurial Success

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="alignright" width="100" caption="Rick Spence"][/caption]Rick Spence is a Toronto-based business writer, consultant and speaker. He provided the keynote talk at the kickoff of Startup Canada’s visit to Windsor this week. The event was hosted by the Odette School of Business, where I am the Entrepreneur in Resid... 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. Even when the boss gets fired up and energized to do something, the program can lose energy quickly.  Two problems often occur: 1)      The boss loses his energy and slips back into the old routine. 2)      The team doesn’t 'buy-in'... Continue reading

A Great Tool For Business Decisions

One of my roles as an advisor is to assist my clients in making decisions. I look at this role as the person who can facilitate the business owner making the decision instead of telling them what I think they should do. When someone is struggling with a big decision, I use the following tool: I ask them: “With respect to the decision you are s... Continue reading

Employer – Employee Dynamics

There is one management philosophy that says you need to have control over your employees, some need strict supervision in order to for them to be productive. There is another management philosophy that says employees will take responsibility for themselves if you provide a culture of trust, respect and support, but provide them freedom to be pr... Continue reading