Reinvigorate your business on a budget

While I suspect you’ve already done your strategic business planning for 2015, you might still be wondering what else you could do to “turn the knob” on all or part of your business. It’s a natural thought process at this time of year. In the words of Saturday Night Live… you think your business needs […]

Focused on the holiday, now or the future?

It’s that time of year when business owners are pulled in many directions. The end of the calendar year has a way of doing that. Some of us are focused on the year we’ve had, some on this month’s performance (which could make or break the year), and some on the future. While all of those […]

Ask great questions

I’m always looking for better questions to ask. Good questions educate me about a situation or a mindset someone is in and help me understand where they’re coming from. Great questions can open the mind of the person you ask the question of. They tend to create discussions that create slight momentum shifts toward changes previously […]

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 […]