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?   […]

Time is Money – Spend it, and Sell it, Wisely

“I would willingly stand at street corners, hat in hand, begging passersby to drop their unused minutes into it.”  ~Bernard Berenson
Our most precious commodity is time.  You can always make more money.  You only have so much time.   In order to be successful in business, you must account for your time:  the time you spend and the time you sell.

How are you spending your time?  Try this…

Fill out a time card.  Yep, you, the boss, the owner, the executive…whatever role you play that allows you to walk past the time clock.  Figure out how you are spending your day.  Record your activities and hours spent.  How much time is spent doing tasks that won’t lead you closer to your hopes and dreams?  You don’t need to ‘clock – in’ forever.  Just do a study for two weeks and confront how you spend your time.
Do it, dump it or delegate it.  Be willing to make changes.  Ask yourself, about each task you perform… […]

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…


The Solyndra Shame

In 2011, a solar panel manufacturer in California named Solyndra filed for bankruptcy and left 1,000 workers jobless. Solyndra would have been just been the story of a company that tried to develop a unique non-silicone photovoltaic panel and hit a ditch when silicone prices plummeted. The scandal that followed was because Solyndra received over 500 million dollars in a rushed, guaranteed federal loan. Some point out that this funding project originated in 2005 with bipartisan support during the Bush administration. Regardless of the start of this funding, the Obama administration took the torch and ran with it. They heralded Solyndra as a prime example of future of green collar jobs in America, made speeches, and stood for photo ops at the factory.

It is apparent that the Obama administration and the Department of Energy (DOE) put too many eggs in one basket with Solyndra. Critics show this as a prime example of Chicago-style cronyism and bad business sense at the taxpayer’s expense. At the very least, it was a hasty selection of a company to be a poster child for a larger energy agenda. […]

By |July 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My favorite Jim Rohn story…

Once upon a time, I saw Jim Rohn speak. There were 15 of us in a small room, thanks to my mentor Paul Swan for setting it up. Jim was a physically small fellow, but his presense was enormous. We sat, rapt, and he told the story below. I pulled it from his e-newsletter. Biz Tip: Subscribe to it. Buy one of his audio programs because his powerful voice is just as inspiring as his solid advice. If you are committed to success, Jim Rohn is an essential mentor. www.jimrohn.com


Nitty-Gritty Reasons by Jim Rohn
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be motivated to achievement by such a lofty goal as benevolence? I must confess, however, that in the early years of my struggle to succeed, my motivation was a lot more down to earth. My reason for succeeding was more basic. In fact, it fell into the category of what I like to call “nitty-gritty reasons.” A nitty-gritty reason is the kind that any one of us can have—at any time, on any day—and it can cause our lives to change. Let me tell you what happened to me. […]

By |June 4th, 2012|Business Planning, Consulting, Uncategorized|1 Comment