Run Full Tilt

I was watching Kurt play fetch with his new puppy, Max.  Kurt would throw a ball as far as he could, Max would race after it, never slowing down until he had it in his mouth.  Sprinters call this “running through the tape”. Have you’ve ever watched as some runners near the finish line and slow up in the final

Four Powerful Questions

For several years I did a show called “Talking Business” on a local radio station. (Thank you Neighborhood National Bank for sponsoring it!)  One of the most popular shows was “Four questions business owners should ask themselves every day.” 1.  How have I improved the value of what I sell? •Can you “bundle” products or services differently? •Can you create

When in doubt, do without.

JoAnn shared the best advise she ever received from her grandmother; “When in doubt, do without.”  The advice rings in her ears when she shops, when she ponders taking a vacation on a credit card and most recently when she was approached by a friend to get a tattoo. 

Everything can change tomorrow – Can you adapt?

John Nese’s business was going broke.  His family-owned grocery store was being eaten alive by big chain stores.  So, when a woman called looking for a unique mint soda, he saw an opportunity.  Today John’s store, Galco, sells every imaginable kind of soda from around the world.  Business is good. John Nese was able to adapt, here are other examples:  

Make People Talk About You

I walked into a purchasing manager’s office and noticed his wall was peppered with quotes on blue postcards.  There were quotes about quality, pricing and appreciation. I asked about them and he enthusiastically explained that a supplier sends a quote-card every month as a thank you for doing business with them.  He even pointed out his favorite.   

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime…

CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE TO SING ALONG Summertime brings vacations, sunny distractions and no school.  It tends to be a more relaxed and slower time of year for most businesses.  However, thinking it has to be that way is a trap!  Take advantage of the less hectic schedule to regroup, refocus and re-strategize!   

What Limiting Beliefs Do You Haul Around?

Trevor founded a manufacturing company 20 years ago. The business continues to expand; the customer list now includes Fortune 500 companies.  He has been asked to share his wisdom on several occasions, but declined. Despite his success, Trevor secretly feels inferior to other owners, insecure because of his lack of formal education.   

Do You Polish Bricks?

Darcy has accomplished her life-long dream, she owns a coffee shop in a small town.  She planned and saved, researched all aspects of the business, visited scores of cafes, bistros and coffee shops, and quizzed the owners.  She developed a sound business plan that her banker approved.  Darcy even contacted high school counselors because she wanted to share the entrepreneurial

Look Ahead to See When. Look Back and See Why.

Class reunions make us think about what our hopes and plans were at graduation compared to where we are now.  I’ve attended several class reunions over the years – we have one every five years.  It has been interesting to watch people move through their careers over time.   

Mess Makers and Fixers

It became clear as I listened to the conversation around the table: there are two kinds of people in the world – the mess-makers and the mess-fixers. Mess makers come in all shapes and sizes; their intentions may or may not be good.  Some know they are manipulative, but others don’t have a clue.