How to be a business burnout. Or not.

photo credit: charles chan * Just the other day, I was talking with a client about the long term future of their business, and after being quizzed a bit, reflecting with them on what provoked me to sell my software biz several years ago. This client has a small business people-wise, but its quite successful. […]

That just wont work for my business

The majority of folks are great at finding a multitude of reasons why a particular technique or strategy simply won’t work in their business. A convenient excuse these days is “Well, the market is down” or “Business is slow”. Really? Isn’t that the time to step up and out and as Perry Marshall says, “lean […]

Take the blame AND the credit

Paul Colligan hit it right on the nose in today’s guest post. Do something stupid? Blame yourself, not the economy. After all, it was probably stupid 18 months ago too:) The really bad mistakes are the ones you don’t learn from. That “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” thing, […]

Keeping your focus

One of the things essential to getting your business systemized and streamlined is farming out the stuff that you really don’t have any business doing. The key to systemizing work to external vendors is choosing the right vendor for the right job. IE: qualified, technically able to produce the work, has the right equipment, etc. For […]

Are you listening to the right people?

You don’t have to look far to find people who will find 100 reasons why you shouldn’t do what you’re doing in your business (or what you plan to do). They’ll throw every possible thing at you that can go wrong. Thank them under your breath if they mention something that you hadn’t considered in […]

The person *really* in charge of the economy

Depending on what you do for a living and, perhaps, what political party you prefer, the economy might be bad, good, great, lousy or so-so in your eyes. If you listen to whoever is writing John McCain’s speeches, you might believe that the fundamentals of the economy are strong and recent bounces in fundamental numbers […]

Do your clients need a faster horse?

Back in the last century, Henry Ford is famous for saying “You can have any color Ford you want as long as it’s black.” Today, Ford Motor Company has a different thought process, but that isn’t all that Henry said. He also said this: If I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would […]

Leading your market: Not an opportunity you wait for.

Finding the opportunity to lead your market is something that some businesses wait for years to take advantage of…and then they pounce. Well, at least some do. Hold on there, Trigger: Did I say “Wait for?” Leading your market isn’t something you wait for, it’s something you must make happen through explicit, planned actions. In […]

Coasting is not allowed. Not in the pool, not in business

Having just returned from the whirlwind that is the Montana State swim meet, I knew today’s post was going to be tardy. When 651 kids from across the state get in a pool and compete for two days, there’s always a gem to take home. Yesterday, I watched a kid who hadn’t lost a race […]