Finding Business Success Using the Strategic MAP

As a business owner/leader, your time is limited and therefore valuable.  Do you spend too much time IN your business instead of ON the business?  Are you getting caught up in incidentals, emails, trivia, instead of setting and following through on priorities that will grow your business?

A Head Full of Ideas

When Tom Hanks received the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards, he shared an experience from his first professional job. He and other interns were partying at night instead of preparing for the next day.  The director wasn’t having it.

Do Your Managers Hide The Dirt?

My mother was a busy and probably overwhelmed farm wife with four young children, gardens, canning, fixing three meals a day from scratch, the list goes on.  When the linoleum in the kitchen was replaced, her major concern was that it hid the dirt.  A neighbor (also a farm wife and busy mother) bought new carpet that would absorb moisture

Why Joy?

Perhaps you treasure a memory like this:  Watching my daughter play tag one night when she was about five.  She was running as fast as she could, dodging and ducking, staying just out of reach of the person who was “it”.  Just before she was about to be “tagged” she reached the tree and gleefully screamed, “Home!”.  The exhilaration she and

Go Figure It Out!

A server in a local restaurant was taking our drink order; “Coffee for my husband and a big glass of warm water for me”, I answered.  The server replied “We don’t have warm water.  We only have hot water and cold water.”  Huh?! Figuring things out is a skill some people are good at:  Give them a problem and they’ll try

What Do You Do When The Worst Happens?

Life randomly throws the unexpected at us all the time. We enjoy some events, such as finding a $20 bill, but a serious illness or the loss of a job can turn our lives upside down. Companies can also be forced to face dramatic changes: losing funding, an important customer or discovering a strong new competitor in their market.

Slower is Faster

When work is piled up it’s easy to get stuck, feeling that you need to rush through everything. But when you hurry too much, you’re prone to make mistakes and miss opportunities. You “can’t see the forest for the trees”. We get stressed and forget that we can increase our speed if we first slow down.

I Want You To Have It All

2020 – the new year is just days away – full of promise and potential, brimming with possibilities and change. Whatever 2020 looks like for you, I want you to “have it all.”  

Two Longs And A Short

The phone in my grandmother’s house was big and brown with the earpiece hanging on a wishbone shaped hook.  When the phone rang two longs and a short, my grandmother would pick it up knowing it was for her or someone in her family.  When it rang just two longs, my grandmother would also pick it up (but quietly) because

Now

How do you feel about this holiday season?  Do you look forward to the hustle and bustle, thriving on the shopping/decorating/eating/ and trying-to-fit-everything-in schedule?   Or like many of us, do you have a love/hate relationship with this time of year?  It can be challenging to fit the added stress into the everyday stress of running a business.