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, makeover, your business.  What, and who, do you bring with you?”

Or do you decide to do something completely new?  You get to choose and the beginning of a year is the right time to reflect and decide.

Leave it?   […]

Talking Family Business in Seminarland

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

By |August 12th, 2013|Accounting, Family, Making a Business Plan|2 Comments

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 on implementation.
Your front line team members can get things done for you.  They will fix your business.  If you ask them.  If you let them.  If you acknowledge and reward them for it.  If you help them be successful.
The opportunities to ask, allow, coach, celebrate and get things done are in the field, in the truck, and on the shop floor.  You’ve got to Ride Along (or work Side by Side) with your team members to move from idle information to profitable implementation. […]

The Worst Career Advice Ever

Recently, Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Dude, was a guest on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time.  He was talking about his latest adventure, Profoundly Disconnected, a program to help connect those looking for great careers with real, albeit sometimes dirty, jobs.  I was on the edge of my couch!

I love dirty jobs!  I cheered as Mike shared his frustration that students are being given the Worst Career Advice Ever:   […]

What I Learned In My Garden About My Business

What a year for gardening!  Just when it threatens to get too hot, a thunderstorm shows up and showers the sun-soaked flowers and vegetables.  My garden loves it!  But elsewhere in town, the heavy rains have submerged tomatoes and petunias…a soggy end to this year’s crop.
That’s the thing about gardening.  It can be rewarding and spiritually uplifting.  It can inspire you with its beauty and bounty.  Or, it can disappoint you beyond words.  It can humble you, until you feel as low as the soil.
Most years, I put in a garden.  Each year, I have been humbled.  However, this year, I am
off […]

The 5 Most Important Minutes of Your Day

I used to answer the clanging alarm clock by shouting, “NOOOOOO!” as I reached out to SHUT IT OFF.   While that may sound harmless, even humorous, I realized that it probably was not the best way to greet the day.

According to my friend, Robin Palmer, I’m absolutely right!  Robin says, “If you crawl out of bed stressed out and overwhelmed, you set yourself in motion to create a stress-filled, overwhelming day for yourself and those around you.”

Robin is one of the most positive people I know.  Her energy is off the charts.  (Next to her, I feel like I spend the day eating bon bons on the couch, so that will give you an indication.)  She and I connected at a women’s business event and fell instantly in love.  I’ve helped her with some business planning, and she helps me get out of the “right side” of the bed.  A great business is built on a powerful mission, a burning “why.”  Hers was born as a response to a challenge in her own life…


Business is easy.

Business is not a complicated mystery.  There is not a book or seminar that holds the cryptic message, if only you were clever enough to figure it out. There is no mentor who is withholding the secret formula until you say the magic word.

Business is easy.  Consider what you want and why, and take bold action in that direction.  Measure your results.  Adjust and repeat. That’s essentially a business plan.  And you build a business for the sheer joy of the creative process.  And, the money is nice, too.

Sometimes fear holds us back.  Sometimes the negative voices in our heads convince us that we aren’t worthy.  Sometimes we are too smart, and cleverly obsess over all the ways things can go wrong.  Sometimes we believe others who tell us how hard it is and that we must suffer to succeed. […]

What’s Your PLAN?

So much of the recent political conventions focused on, and questioned, each party’s plan for the next four years.  It can be frustrating to sort through the hype.  In the end you will make a decision and vote.  Together, we make decisions about our government.   That’s at the heart of what I love about our great, albeit flawed, political system.

But don’t count on either candidate to make your business better.  The phone won’t just start ringing.  The bank account won’t automatically fill up.  YOU are the engine that drives your business.  So… […]

By |September 10th, 2012|Making a Business Plan, The Bare Bones Biz Plan, The Challenge|0 Comments

How to Create a Profitable Business Plan

Pull out your business plan and take a look at your mission, your vision and your goals for this year. How’s it going?

What? No plan? No problem. Just consider how last year went and that’s what will probably happen this year. Only a little worse. Or maybe a little better.

This year is moving fast. Your life is flying by! If you want a quantum leap, or at least a major change of momentum… […]

5 Financial Survival Tips for the Suddenly Single

Perhaps you’ve opted for the stay-at-home lifestyle. You can get by on one person working and you are prioritizing children and family. Very cool! However, are you putting yourself at risk financially? Stuff happens. What if you were suddenly single? Would you be just fine? Or would you have to dig yourself out of a hole? Here are some tips for making sure you don’t leave your money outside when you choose to stay at home.

The Five D’s… Death, Disaster, Divorce, Disability and Debt are the big life changers. Be willing to have the conversation with the other breadwinner about what to do should one of the Five D’s strike. Now, the key is…don’t get all wound up about it. Just have the conversation. Too much energy around disaster leads to disaster if you subscribe to the Law of Attraction. Just consider, what would each of you do if you were suddenly single? Here are a few tips for getting through it. […]

By |July 23rd, 2012|Business Planning, Debt, Family, Making a Business Plan|1 Comment