Should You Fire Yourself?

Oh, I loved the movie, The Intern.  Predictable, yes.  Still...funny and heartwarming.  Best of all, Anne Hathaway's character discovers... Wait!  I don't want to spoil it for you.  However, the story did inspire me to ask you this question: "Should you fire yourself?" In his iconic book, Good to Great, Jim Collins asserts that the [...]

Is Multitasking Making You Stupid?

Aren't we always looking to get more done in less time?  So we show up early and work late and it never seems to be enough. Is the answer multitasking? Unfortunately, no.  According to a report from the University of London, multitasking makes you less intelligent.  They found that levels in IQ dropped as test participants [...]

A Business Plan Shortcut?

Dear Ellen, My friend has a business plan that “passed muster” with her bank and she got a loan.  How about if I just take her plan and customize it for my business?  Sounds like a good short cut.  What do you think? Sincerely, Vera Dear Vera, I like and don’t like that idea.  While it can be a short cut, adopting someone else’s plan (or using a fill-in-the-blanks business plan template) is like a color-by-number painting.  It may look OK but it will never inspire you.  So, perhaps you could… […]

Do You Need a Lifeline?

I love April, John and the Watermark Plumbing Team!  I especially love April’s and John’s four daughters.  They are smart and hilarious and their parents totally appreciate them.  (Become April’s FB friend and you’ll see what I mean.)  I appreciate what it takes to manage 4 young girls, and a team of fun-loving plumbers!  Too much to do, too little time…and an avalanche of paperwork. […]

To Build a Rockin’ Culture…Skip the Pep Talk

I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner’s success. For additional tips and advice, and information about Visa’s small business solutions, follow @VisaSmallBiz and visit http://visa.com/business. “If you want to provoke a vigorous debate, start a conversation on organizational culture.” ~ Michale Watkins – Harvard Business Review, May 2013 Maybe it’s like pornography.  We know it when we see it.  Or, when it comes to organizational culture, feel it. Perhaps culture is to an organization what attitude is to an individual. Attitude:  a manner, disposition, mental position or feeling with regard to a fact, state, a person or thing.   Certainly we want employees with good attitudes.  Their energy contributes to a rockin’ company culture.  But when it comes to pro-actively developing a positive, powerful company culture, or improving our employees’ attitudes, we have it backwards. […]