Create an operating plan for your small business

We know that running a business isn’t easy. We’ve been there. One of the best things we ever did was to create an operating plan… one that insures that your daily and weekly decisions are on track with your long term goals. An operating plan for your small... Read »

Executive Presence for Small Business Leaders

How important is executive presence for small business leaders? Executive presence is about more than getting promoted to the next rung in the ladder of a large corporation. It’s also important if you have the top spot in your small business. Executive presence... Read »

Google CEO: “Everybody needs a business coach”

In social settings, I get lots of practice explaining what I do because I get a blank stare if I just say, “I’m a business coach.”  Business coaching is just starting to catch on in the US and I don’t blame anyone for not knowing a lot it. So it’s a nice assist when... Read »

The Case for a Simple, 1-Page Business Plan

If you’re like me, it’s hard to imagine taking time out from the day-to-day to think about where you want to be in the future – and then set goals to get there. Long, drawn-out business plans that could fill a binder or a file folder are just not practical for... Read »

Strategic Planning Isn’t Supposed to be Complicated

Strategic planning sounds complex. When you think about creating a strategic plan for your business, most business owners have a few hesitations. What if it takes a lot of time to create? Is it expensive? Will I be able to reach real-world results? How can I stick to... Read »

Small Business Planning Eliminates Pessimism

Don’t let pessimism keep your company from being all it can be.   Jared, one of the brothers in a fairly large, 100% family-owned manufacturing company came to me worried that the family business wouldn’t survive without expanding. His 3 brothers, uncle, and... Read »