3.5 Steps to Planning For Success

We all know that setting goals and planning are an important part of success in running a business, but it’s easy to get off track.  We make Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) that we never reach, and in general we do things like budget and set modest goals that we

Are You a Blue Skies Business Owner?

In 2017 I started on the journey (that has yet to be finished) to become a private airplane pilot. To receive your license as a private pilot it is a rigorous learning experience that costs both time and money. What many people don’t understand is that at the end of

Practice Self-Management to Have More Time

One of the biggest challenges that business owners and leaders have is not having enough time to get to everything that’s on their plate. With all the pressure for your attention on top of your regular duties, it can be hard to keep up. They key to gaining control of

Make it Valentine’s for Your Customers 365 Days a Year

Many businesses have Valentine’s Day specials or promotions, and it’s a great way to get a few extra sales this month.  But what is your plan to get them to come back time and time again where there isn’t a sale or special? We need to make it Valentine’s Day

Do You Suffer from Groundhog Day Syndrome?

The symptoms of Groundhog Day Syndrome are: Solopreneurs know the Sales/Marketing/Operations rollercoaster well – market a lot, sell some stuff, then stop marketing so you can do the work that you sold.  Then start the process all over again. I have also seen many bigger companies fall into the same trap.

This Year I Resolve to….

We have all made this statement, filling in the blank with various resolutions: exercise more, lose 10 pounds, stop smoking, call Mom more often.  At this point in January, 80% of us have already abandoned these lofty goals.  For some, that is a relief.  For others, abandoning a resolution can

Being Right vs. Getting it Right

If you are at the point where you are delegating higher level tasks and assignments to your managers and some of the results aren’t what you are looking for, it could be that your managers are simply trying too hard to BE RIGHT instead of focusing on GETTING IT RIGHT.

2 Business Lessons from Operating a Hobby Farm

In 2019 I moved back to my small but quaint hometown with the desire to be closer to family, and act on a dream to own a small hobby farm. I had no prior experience with farming, but had, since as long as I could remember, wanted to own livestock

The Formula for Change

We all hear “change is a good thing”…but even when we know it’s a good thing, it can still be difficult to get moving. To help make that transition easier, let’s walk through our formula for change – don’t worry, you non-numbers people, there’s not much math for this one. 

Use the Buddy System

The Value of Peer-to-Peer Learning for Entrepreneurs At an early age, we’re taught “the buddy system” – the importance of having someone by your side, making sure you’re safe, and someone to check-in with. And that system never really goes away. Every day, we have the opportunity to listen and

From Service to Experience

When someone asks “What sets you apart from your competition?” almost always, you’ll hear “Our customer service”. But what does that really mean? Saying you have “great customer service” easily creates a disconnect because what might be “great” in one person’s mind could be “okay” to another. Tell a Story

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