Business Planning: Getting Started

WHY WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? Your business plan is the tool that forces you to think through every aspect of your new business. It’s also a communication tool that you can use to show: Bankers – if you plan to take out a loan. Potential investors and venture capitalists – if you want to attract […]

The Executive Toolbox: Building Effective Teams

Business owners and executives who enjoy long term success don’t necessarily need to be adept at team building but it’s certainly easier to be successful if you’re not going it alone. A team is a group of people who have a shared goal or goals. Those goals may be as simple as working together to […]

The Executive Toolbox: Listening

In the early days of cable systems a bus interface unit was placed between a remote dumb terminal and the network with a corresponding unit placed at the other end between the network and the mainframe computer. Much like people, these units couldn’t transmit and receive information at the same time. Yet we’re all guilty […]

Learnings from the Management Consultant: Stop Multi-Tasking

New business owners quickly realize that one of their most important assets is their time. Learning to manage how they spend it is important to not only the success of their business, but ensures balance in their lives. Many believe multi-tasking is important to ensure they can get everything done. One of the best consultants […]

Balance: Set Expectations on How You Spend Your Time

Recently my friend, Rosanna, said something that caused me to examine how I set expectations with the people who are important to me on the limits of my time. She said, “There are people you’ll know for a reason, for a season, and for life.” Probably like you, I’d heard this before, but her interpretation […]