Category Archives: Family

Turning the Worst Thing Into the Best Thing

When Hot Rod and I were first married, we lived in a cabin outside of Whitefish, Montana.  It was 11 by 15 feet and the foundation was four, almost-flat rocks.  We had all of $5000 between us and we contracted … Continue reading

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Leave it?…or Makeover Your Business

My friend and mentor, Al Levi, uses a powerful exercise to engage clients in business development.  He asks, “Imagine this.  You walk out the front door of your business, and cross the street.  You decide you are going to recreate, … Continue reading

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Duck Dynasty v. Kardashians – TV’s Family Businesses Square Off

Family businesses are the back-bone of small businesses in the United States.   They comprise 80 to 90 percent of all businesses, and they face many heartbreaking issues, like divorce, succession planning, turf battles, and “why can’t you be more like … Continue reading

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Talking Family Business in Seminarland

Yikes! Your wife (husband, parent, kid) may be keeping you from making money! Continue reading

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Business Makeover Tips – The Ride Along

As a small business expert, I have learned a few things.  Here are my latest, greatest insights… There is information and implementation.  You probably have PLENTY of information already. You are short on time and energy.  Ergo, you get behind … Continue reading

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Why Kooky Family Businesses Matter

Recently, I chatted with Monaica Ledell of MommyBreadwinner.com about what it takes to be successful in business.  We agreed that a winning business of your own can expand peace, prosperity and freedom.  It can also help make the house payment and … Continue reading

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3 Business Lessons Served on CNBC’s Crowd Rules

I love watching TV!  I steer clear of bad TV.  However, there is solid programming out there.  And there is great free advice if you are building a business.  I love Restaurant Impossible and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.  (BTW, I am at … Continue reading

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Post-its + a Sharpie + Excel = Your Org Chart

Does it make you cringe to think about imposing the formal structure of an Organization Chart on your small shop?  Fear not!  The Organization Chart can be a wonderful tool.  Recalling my many, many jobs, I can count on three … Continue reading

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Functional Family Business? I Believe In Miracles!

Last night I watched “The 80′s: The Decade That Made Us,” The show opened with a recap of the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey team story. I remember watching the win over the Russian team, with my college roommate, in … Continue reading

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How To Run a Family Business: 6 Simple Rules

Ah, the dream of running your own business!  Until it turns into a nightmare.  Does this sound familiar?  Mr. Know It All decides to go into business for himself.  He is good at what he does, so he gets really … Continue reading

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