How to do strategic business planning that actually matters

photo credit: Evil Erin Go ahead, admit it – if it fits. Your business plan doesn’t really reflect your real business. You may not even use it. Ask yourself these questions: “Do you use it to run your business day to day?” “Does it bear any resemblance to what really happens at your business?” “Did […]

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 […]

Being Prepared

photo credit: joiseyshowaa One of the things Scoutmasters teach their Scouts is the Scout motto – “Be Prepared.” We don’t stand around saying those words all that much (or ever, really). When I ask a Scout what it means to them, I get a lot of different answers. I talk about it with the boys […]

Take yourself seriously first

photo credit: skedonk Today’s guest post from AJ Leon is about getting serious about your ideas and goals. Dan Kennedy talks about “massive action” more times than you can imagine. That’s all about getting serious. Do you take yourself seriously? If not, how can you expect anyone else to?

What’s on your plate?

photo credit: jlastras As I spent the last month mulling over my strategic plan for this year, I started by looking at what I was doing operationally as if I was my own client. In the software business, it’s called “eating our own dogfood“. In other words, a vendor using their own software for the […]

Paying attention to changes

At first glance, you might think this is a video about climate change. Maybe it is, but there’s a story about a young, focused entrepreneur here. It’s also a story about making choices when change happens. Do you choose to sit and watch, or do you decide to adapt and flourish? In this video, a […]

Strategic planning or not?

Is your business activity planned this far ahead? This commercial screams Covey’s “Begin with the End in mind”. Where do you begin? And how far out is the End that you plan from? (not for, *from*)

5 strategies for a better 2010

photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ So today you wake up and find that you have only 15 days until 2010 (fewer than that if you count working days, at least for most people). You vow that 2010 is going to be the year that you finally get your act together – despite the state of the […]

Are you throwing stuff overboard?

photo credit: Falling Heavens It’s a classic, if not overdone scene. A plane, low on fuel and starved for altitude, flies over the ocean. As far as the eye can see, nothing but water. Her crew hustles to throw unnecessary items off the plane to lighten the load in hopes of gaining altitude and getting […]