Busy business owners have no time for this

Last time, we spent a good bit of time talking about the need to help your staff perform their best work. What about the stuff that no one would consider their best work, but is “work that must be done and since no one else is here to do it, I will.” Studies have been performed […]

Help them produce their best work

Ahhh, summer solstice. We revel in these long days of sunlight in part because we can enjoy our favorite summer pastimes after leaving work for the day. For some companies, summer is a time to coast, or at least do little more than get by until September since so many staff member vacations are on […]

Why small business should care about Meeker’s slides

Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report came out today, so I thought I’d offer a few comments about it and how its findings are likely to (continue to) affect small businesses, including small software companies. The Slideshare version is rather slow right now,  so I suggest you check out the PDF version of the Meeker […]

You aren’t the business owner you need to be

A while back, I had a conversation with the CEO of a $60 million software company that hit me pretty hard – and the lesson is one that all business owners need to keep in mind. This CEO was talking about how he feels constant pressure to improve himself so that he can be ready to […]

Choose your market or craft it?

Sometimes you choose your market, and sometimes it chooses you. Today, we get a little of both. A discussion with some software business owners prompted this piece, but you should stick around even if you aren’t in the software business – because these problems are universal no matter what business you’re in. During these discussions, there […]

Business rules of the road

While they vary from person to person, our values are the central driving force in our everyday lives. These values form the context of daily decision making that drives our behavior. Quite often, these set-in-stone rules are accompanied by a set of guidelines that we adhere to, but occasionally allow ourselves to bend now and then. […]

Business frustrations? Project a cure

What things about your business are you fed up about? Sometimes it might be everything or the very biggest things, but at other times, it might simply be an aspect of your business… the tiniest of things. Even in those cases, the frustration is just as strong. The only difference is the concern you have […]

Business culture: Reflected by daily conversation

There are a few commonly-used phrases in business conversation that raise the hair on my neck. Here are three of my favorites, along with one (‘innovation’) that we hear bandied about in the tech press on what seems like an hourly basis. Industry Norms Best Practices Human Capital Innovation They sound like such good things, […]

What to do at that trade show

Something to think about before your next trade show, convention or industry event… Come to the event with an open mind. The worst waste of time and money will occur if you arrive there with a mindset that what you’re doing now is not subject to change. Look at EVERY thing you see and ask […]

Habit forming: What do you do every day?

Habits – at least the good ones – tend to help us get big things done that we might otherwise never accomplish. One of the things I do every day is read a page from “The Daily Drucker“. The Daily Drucker is a 366 page book of one-page-per-day excerpts from Peter Drucker’s books on business, […]