Business Growth: Progress not Perfection

Business Growth – Don’t let perfect be the enemy of progress. I like this saying. It’s actually a distortion of Voltaire, who once said, “The best is the enemy of the good.” Do not approach your business growth with the idea of perfection. It’s something that I think every business leader needs to keep in mind. Often, […]

Keystone Habits: How One Little Change Leads to Big Results

Complaining is easy. We’re predisposed to see what’s wrong. Neuroscientists call this the “negativity bias.” When you’re perceptive and have a few miles on your career path, you’re good at spotting the potholes in the road In the work I do as a business growth consultant, I listen to a lot of complaining. It’s my […]

Leading People: When Success Breeds Mediocrity

When it comes to leading people, I am disturbed by complacency. And mediocrity. I don’t know why it surprises me, because it’s so common in business organizations, but it does. What disturbs me most is when complacency comes disguised as success. Here’s what I hear: some business leaders are telling me their business is actually […]

Entrepreneurial DNA: What’s in Your Engine?

Knowing yourself well is truly key when it comes to running a business. You have a lot of choices about where to spend your time, energy and money. If you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses, and don’t plan your business with those in mind, you’ll find yourself spinning more wheels than a stunt driver […]

What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?

Have you ever wondered why some tasks come easy for you in business, while you’re stumped at others? Curious why a colleague has no problems with something you struggle with? Worse – have you ever felt like you just been handed square pegs? News Flash: Not every person who runs a business is the same. […]

Business Mission, Vision, Values, and Purpose: How Do They Differ?

I’m a strong believer in clarity of purpose in just about everything one does, but nowhere is it more essential than for running a business. It’s surprising then, how many entrepreneurs start a business without setting down their mission, values, purpose, and vision. Then again, with all the confusion around what what these terms stand […]

How to Make Your Business Mission More Engaging

Out of curiosity, last week I posted a question using the LinkedIn Answers tool, to find out what other colleagues’ ideas were for making mission statements more engaging to employees. The responses were immediate. Seems I’m not the only one who’s got ideas on this important issue! The idea came to me after posting the […]

Online Content and Social Media: 4 Ways to Win New Business

Online marketing using good content and social media is by far the most cost-effective way to get new business, when done effectively. You may already be using some content marketing strategies. But sometimes it’s tricky to do this well and get results. You can waste a lot of time doing the right things the wrong […]

Business Purpose: Things to Do to Engage Your Employees

I’ve been thinking a lot about how people can tap into the “power of purpose.” When I discuss business purpose and mission with company leaders, most get excited, especially business founders and owners. That’s not always what happens throughout the organization, however. How can you get front-line workers engaged and enthusiastic about their work for […]

Google Privacy Policy Changes: Has Google Gone Too Far?

Do no evil, Google says. But it also has put everyone on notice that as of March 1, it is changing its Privacy Policy… the one the European Union nixed. Here’s what CNN journalist Frida Ghitis writes in an article “Google knows too much about you“: “I won’t accuse Google of deliberately doing evil. It […]