Taking Back Control of Your Day

In a recent post, we talked about accountability and how you can become your own accountability partner. The technique we shared is very effective for making sure that the one thing you are trying to change gets done – every day. In this post I would like to share a tip to help you deal with the multiple things that attack you every day. Because, even while you are working on the one thing, you have a lot of other things that have to happen each day, as well. Even if you don’t have Entrepreneurial ADD, unless you live in … Continue reading

How to Be Smarter

Can you be smarter? Would you like to be? Stress Makes You Stupid. It shuts down the brain and sends you into auto-survival mode. You don’t think, you react. What if you weren’t so stressed? Would that change the way you think? Would you be smarter? Would you make better decisions? I think so. I’m not the only one, though. Behavioral scientists think so, too. They have made extensive studies and have come to understand how badly stress affects us. They know it adversely affects our health. They know it affects our mental processes — in a bad way. They … Continue reading

Why Even Be in Business?

“The mission of this business is to actualize customer service in concert with promoting world class products in a manner consistent with maximizing profit-generation.” I teach about the Business Plan at a business education center’s 10 week class for new business owners. In it, I touch on the section about the mission of the business (and the mission statement.) The students have already covered the mission of their business in the course and I am just reviewing it at that point (in theory.) I say “in theory” because the reality is that most of them didn’t really figure out their … Continue reading

Are You the Target of a Covert Operation?

Are you (your business) the target of a covert operation? If your business isn’t going as well as you would like it to, it may be because there is a covert operation that is sabotaging some of your success. You’ve undoubtedly heard of business espionage. It shows up in the news periodically – especially when a high profile company or case is exposed. Sometimes the goal is purely stealing trade secrets, while other times it’s aimed at limiting the success of the competitor. But this isn’t limited just to big-time companies. Companies of every size have this happening to them. … Continue reading

Business Help You Already Have

One of the problems of small business owners is that they can feel like they are all alone and without support. (You may have heard that phrase, “it’s lonely at the top.”) If that is you, I have good news. You probably aren’t as alone as it seems. When teaching about having a Business Plan to some business owners recently, one of the things that came up was the value of having an advisory group. This group may include a board of directors (if you are a corporation) but it also includes many more than that. To start with, let’s … Continue reading