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The Most Important Resource

The Most Important Resource

“People are our most important product,” the old advertising campaign extolled. But how many really believe that statement?  And it was made long before entrepreneur Richard Branson said that it was most important to treat your employees as if they were your number...

Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Years ago, a friend was asked how he ended up with a million-dollar business.  The reply: “Start with two million!” Seriously, the financial aspects of your business are so critical to your success of your company.  While they aren’t the only aspect of the business to...

The Brains of the Operation

The Brains of the Operation

Remember that kids’ game Operation?  You know, the one with tools and things placed around the plastic operating table. One false move and – BUZZ—you lost! So, it can be with your business.  Unless you have your operating systems in place, things could go south really...

Who Owns Who?

Who Owns Who?

Who owns who?  We say it about our dogs, our houses and certainly, if you are a business owner, your business. It goes without saying that if you have a commitment and a passion for your business, it takes time and effort.  Lots of both. Perspective To get a real...

Why Do I Need a Consultant?

Why Do I Need a Consultant?

Business can be complicated.  Sure, you know the core offering of your company—you either invented it, bought it or offer services you created.  At any rate, you do know your business. But not all of it.  Maybe not its value or future. And can you be free from it?...

Finish the Year Strong

Finish the Year Strong

If you are a runner, it’s the last few hundred yards of a race. If you are a teacher, it’s about having all of your students pass.  And with more than just passing grades. If you are a business owner, it’s about hitting your goals and having a great fourth quarter. In...

Recapturing Your First Love

Recapturing Your First Love

We’ve all had a car we’ve loved then fell out of love with.  It just didn’t fit your style anymore.  It wasn’t the right color.  Or it just didn’t feel right anymore. I remember a time when I wanted to sell a car I had been in love with...

Are You Dressed Appropriately to Go to the Dance?

Are You Dressed Appropriately to Go to the Dance?

In a recent post, I talked about asking your favorite managers or leaders about their interest in having ownership in your company. Have you followed up on that? Your current management leaders are definitely legitimate future buyers of your company, so don’t leave...

Always Traveling But Where Are We Going?

Always Traveling But Where Are We Going?

Zig Ziglar had a saying that the reason we’re never at peace or satisfied is that we’re always “traveling. “ When we’re at work, we’re thinking of the things we should be doing for our family or friends. When we’re with our family and friends, we’re thinking of...

Your Third Act

Your Third Act

What is your end game? Your next act? What do you intend to do when you are finally done doing what you’re currently doing? Retire? It’s your “third act”. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to think of it as a third (or last) act. After all, we’re doing great right...