Is your business stuck?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

6 Places to Look When Your Business is Stuck Thanks to the NY Report   For business owners, it is an all too common feeling. It’s like running on a treadmill—expending a ton of energy, muscling your way through the hard parts of ownership, but not exactly arriving at the destination in mind. It’s not easy to set aside ego, and to admit that perhaps we don’t have all the answers, or have gotten too close to the issues to see them objectively. I’ve been there myself, and confess that there were days I’d gladly swap jobs with the UPS guy. No matter what type of business you have, there are common reasons why businesses get stuck. If that’s how you would describe your business right now—stuck—try looking at these common reasons why. You might find an opportunity for growth where you weren’t looking before.   1.Lack of CEO & Business Goals   I have a mantra: “Goals, Strategy, Structure.” It’s my reminder that, absent CEO and business goals, it’s impossible to create a winning strategy or a structure to support it. Most businesses are started by bright folks with passion, courage, and significant subject matter expertise, but without longer term goals for themselves or their businesses. To avoid a whole lot of pain and disconnect, we really must start by defining our personal goals. It’s imperative to grapple with such questions as, “Am I motivated by a flexible lifestyle,or the excitement of growth? Am I truly an entrepreneur, or am I really a technician?” (Read Michael Gerber’s seminal book  <read more here>  ...

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Creating business systems

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Starting, building and growing a business is exciting. It’s what entrepreneurs like you and I thrive on.   Yet so often things get out of control. Balls get dropped and what was once fun and exciting can become a dreary chore. Some business owners find themselves working longer hours than they ever did when they worked for someone else and the money they take home is often not much better either. Naturally many start questioning themselves and wondering what ever possessed them to start their own business. After all the goal was freedom, wealth and independence but now they just feel stuck. It can feel like you’re treading water but going nowhere. Sadly some business owners end up throwing in the towel. Why You Need To Systemize Your Business Without systems you don’t own a business – you ARE the business. That means if you want to double revenue, you need to double the hours you work. Since you only have so many hours in a day, that limits how fast and how big you grow. This doesn’t sound very attractive to most business owners <read more>   Thank you to...

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Information manual

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Portfolio, Services | 0 comments

Turn your company around or move it forward faster in 90 days This comprehensive manual is the starting place for examining your business and making sure that you are on the right track. It is a way of working methodically through your business with the result being an almost certain shift in your thinking. It will open your mind to new business possibilities. It will help you streamline and systemise your business. The system involves working through a variety of checklists and worksheets over a 90 day period. You can do this yourself, and simple  purchase the system as a stand alone product, or engage me to keep  you on track and hold you accountable also. This manual is based on more than 30 years’ experience assisting companies in creating growth and profit. There’s one ingredient that is also needed – your commitment to the process is key.  As they say, ” You can lead a horse to water…but you can’t make it drink”. I hope that we  can work together to unlock the hidden profit in your...

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Out of the box thinking

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Thanks to i09 “Thinking outside the box,” has become the annoying phrase we hear in commercials and bad business meetings. It stems from an actual psychological concept called functional fixedness. Funnily enough, the classic experiment to demonstrate functional fixedness required people to think inside the box. If you’ve spent more than an hour watching television in the last decade, you’ve heard the phrase “think outside the box.” Most likely you’ve heard it while watching electronic gadgets spin against a white background to upbeat music. “Think outside the box,” is now one of those anemic phrases that has been sucked dry of its meaning and vitality. It has come to mean, “We’re special and if you buy our products you can be special, too!” Today we can’t possible think back to a time when the phrase wasn’t annoying, but it wasn’t always meaningless. It began as a way of observing how hard, but necessary, it is to break away from established ways of thinking about things. Gestalt Psychology That meaning has deep psychological roots. The concept of being trained to a way of thinking so thoroughly that it cuts off the ability to see obvious alternatives has inspired dozens of different experiments. The first experiment was conducted in 1945 by Karl Duncker. Duncker was a member of the Gestalt school of psychology. Their philosophy was that the whole of a brain was preeminent over its individual parts. Meaning was to be found in the interaction of those parts rather than the workings of the individual parts themselves. This philosophy did not just encompass the brain itself, but the workings of the brain. For example, you see and identify a rose as a whole, from the placement and interaction of its shapes, before you take in any details about this individual rose’s appearance. A big part of learning to sketch is retraining the brain to “see” how an object actually looks, instead of lazily taking the brain’s impression of it as a general concept. Duncker’s experiment lead to a concept, functional fixedness, that obligingly fit with his philosophy of psychology. Functional fixedness, according to Duncker, was a person’s inability to see an object as itself, free of the meaning it has in the greater scheme of things. To prove that people would fixate on their traditional idea of an object-as-concept, rather than the many possible uses of the object, he came up with the candle box experiment. The Candle Box Experiment   He presented volunteer subjects with a box containing a candle, some matches, and some thumb tacks. The subjects were asked to attach the candle to the wall. Many tried tacking the candle directly to the wall, but the tacks...

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