Email Etiquette: Do We Need a Few Rules?

Email Etiquette: 5 Tips To Stop Email Overload Information overload is an understatement. I hear complaints every day from clients: people are drowning in email. I’m wondering if there’s any sort of email etiquette for offices to follow. I read somewhere a statistic that the average 17th century Frenchman had as much information stored in […]

How Is a Rock Star Like a Business Entrepreneur?

It’s funny how you can pick up lessons on leadership and entrepreneurs from all sorts of people, isn’t it? Leadership expert Steve Farber (@stevefarber) sent me this YouTube video of Jay Jay French, founder of the band Twisted Sister. This so-called “glam metal” band started in New Jersey in 1972 and is still performing. Now, […]

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 […]

Tips to Avoid Business Decision Errors

Business owners and executives make decision errors when they get so entrenched in their own point of view they don’t see other possibilities. Bounded awareness is the term for this, and it’s more common than we think. It occurs when cognitive blinders prevent a person from seeing, seeking, using, or sharing relevant and accessible information […]

Are You Making Business Decisions with Blinders On?

If you’re a typical business owner, you’re probably making some of your most important decisions with blinders on. It’s not unusual. Yet you probably feel like most entrepreneurs: smart and savvy, especially if your business results have been growing. But it only takes one serious mistake to see all those profits go down the drain […]

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 […]

Do You Have Entrepreneurs Working for You?

Not all entrepreneurs run their own business. In fact, you may have some entrepreneurs working for you in your organization. The key is in spotting them, and making sure they’re using their strengths. Otherwise, they’ll become discouraged and want to leave. But if you can engage them with work that challenges and interests them, they’ll […]

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. […]