Pivot!! Make Your Decisions Quickly

Those of you that know me, or have been following my Business Execution blog, know that I am a big proponent of planning – both strategic and tactical.  So, how can I now be advising you to make your decisions quickly?  Doesn’t that fly-in-the-face of taking the time to think things through and plan? Let me […]

Building a Better ‘First-Time Entrepreneur’

This week I talked with an entrepreneur (no names; no pack drill!) who isn’t happy with the speed with which their business is progressing (come to think of it I’m not sure I’ve ever met an entrepreneur who was happy with their speed of business progress [superemotions file=”icon_biggrin.gif” title=”Big Grin”]) – and, actually, my conversations were […]

Business planning, not business plans

I usually cringe when I hear an entrepreneur or small business owner talking about writing (or worse, being told to write) a business plan.  The reason I cringe is that, too often, what people mean by “business plan” is some 30+ page Word document that no-one will ever read and which will end up as […]

Would You Want a ‘Fool’ Investing in Your Business?

Recently, in one of the LinkedIn Groups I belong to – Business Owners & Entrepreneurs – Sandra Brevett-Dib posted a link to an article on Forbes.com: ‘Early-Stage Startups Need Friends, Family, and Fools’ by Martin Zwilling. I posted a comment that, when I talk about the 3Fs, I use the term Fanatics not Fools, because: […]

Gifts for Your Business?

In many cultures this time of year includes a ritual of gift-giving. When you think about your business, what gift(s) are you giving to it to make 2012 the best year it can be for your business?  Or, don’t you think your business deserves the same love and attention that you give to your other […]

Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season 2011

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Traditionally, it is the start of the year-end holiday season which lasts through the New Year. Many business owners (not those in retail!) see this as a slower time of the year with people distracted by shopping, holiday parties and vacations tacked around the actual holidays. So, if […]

I want my business to grow. What should I do first?

There’s a lot of advice out there for entrepreneurs and small business owners – “make sure you have a strategic plan”; “write a business plan”; “you need a sales & marketing strategy”; “you have to execute”; “you need a great team”; and on and on.  As with most advice there is usually a kernel of […]

Out with the old; in with the new!!

We are approaching the end of the year and the beginning of 2011. As humans and business owners, we imbue this point in time with probably more significance than it deserves. After all, wouldn’t it make more sense to start a year based on some real astrological event – like the summer or winter solstice?

I’m starting a business – do I need a ‘Strategic Plan’?

My first reaction on being asked this question was: is this person [superemotions file=”icon_eek.gif” title=”EEK”] crazy? Of course you do!! But then, on reflection, I realized that this being the (Ameri-) English language we should probably go over some definitions and clarification of what (I think) you need when.