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.   

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.   

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.   

Say Goodbye and Move On

I build and facilitate roundtables for business owners.  In a recent meeting a member shared, “A long-term employee just quit.”  A chorus of sympathetic groans rose from around the table.  Good employees are hard to find and losing a valued, long-term staff member can be hard.  

Multiplication by Subtraction

It could happen to you.  A crucial member of your staff leaves.  You have a decision to make.  Do you replace or not? A company owner I recently talked to was faced with that complicated  decision.  Replacing the employee would have been the logical choice; it would have filled out the team and made customers feel better.  It would have

The Devil is in the Details and the Fine Print

The saying “the devil is in the details or the fine print” cautions us to be wary.  When you open a bank account, log into a website, sign up for a “free” app or a new cell phone, you agree to terms spelled out in the fine print that carry significant implications.  While you should read the fine print before

How do you make your “Vampire Decisions?”

Linda here. Life is filled with decisions.  Some small: what am I going to have for breakfast?  Some more serious: what kind of car should I buy? Some decisions are profound and life changing: getting married, having children, entering the military or changing careers.  The decisions that change your life forever, are called vampire decisions.   

Are You Lucky or Are You Good?

  Dean Johnson, owner of Arcon Construction Company was my first boss when I moved to Mora.  The year I joined Arcon, he treated all the employees and spouses to a week on South Padre Island, to celebrate their best year ever.  I listened as Dean described growing his highway-heavy construction business from nothing to sales of over $30 million