Are you un-coachable? Drips might help.

Frustrated with the rate of change or accomplishment of new work in your business? I had a conversation recently that might help. Ann: Sometimes I think some of us are un-coachable. Mark: Reminds me of “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It’s huge for those who teach and/or coach – you have […]

The most expensive, most stressful thing on your desk

Nothing destroys a work day like distractions. Ever realize that it’s “suddenly” dinner time and all you remember doing since lunch is reading Facebook? That’ll show up nicely on a deposit slip. Hello, stress. Distractions are a product of your work environment, your work habits and how those two things are communicated to others. Your […]

Christians, Lions and Wives of New Jersey

During the run-up to the fall of Rome, entertainment in that civilization became more violent and what many people these days would probably call immoral. If you look back to Rome, you might not see the parallel to today but I’m sure you’re familiar with the words “Those who forget / ignore history are doomed […]

Put away the white shoes

photo credit: kikfoto Back in my grandmother’s day, the day after Labor Day meant “Put away the white shoes.” These days, we may not be quite so beholden to old school wardrobe rules, but we still tend to let a Roman emperor’s calendar decide when our business is going to take action. With the exception […]

Twelve Days of You

photo credit: gagilas Think about your day. What did you do yesterday? Were you productive? When I ask that, what I mean is this: Can you reel off a list of high-priority things that you accomplished? Did you waste any time? How much of each hour did you spend on real, focused, dedicated work that […]

Raise The Bar!

photo credit: Furryscaly During some recent travel to deal with some family stuff, I’ve had a chance to see how business is going elsewhere in the U.S. One thing caught my eye over the weekend and I think it merits some discussion. It illustrates how much room there is for a coherent, attentive business in […]

Working in Disneyland. Not.

photo credit: Max Braun A few weeks ago, we talked about the importance of strategic delegation and how it might just enable you to enjoy a phone call free vacation, much less free up some hugely important strategic thinking time. When I was in the photography software business, I quickly learned that photographers absolutely detest […]

Empowerment and the Silent Cell Phone

1926 Ford Model T photo: digitizedchaos Henry Ford, despite his success with the assembly line at Ford Motor Company, made a mistake that many business owners still make today. He didn’t delegate. Most business owners delegate at least a little. Not Ford. According to Peter Drucker, the senior Ford didn’t believe in delegation or floor […]

How does your entrepreneurial garden grow?

photo credit: RonAlmog Today’s guest post from Jim Rohn arrives courtesy of Nightingale-Conant. Once again, a page of essential insight from always-on Mr. Rohn. What have you done today to improve yourself? Is investment in yourself part of your daily todo list?  

A desk calendar, a yellow pad and a pen

photo credit: Anonymous Account A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there were some “numbers you might care about“. Examples we talked about included figuring out the costs to obtain both a new prospect/lead and a new customer. In prior discussions, I’ve also suggested that you need to be thanking your customers, following up with […]