Must Have “Guide Books” for Running a Business

Must Have “Guide Books” for Running a Business

I used to own a business. At least, that's what I thought . . . until I read Robert Kiyosaki's Cashflow Quadrant. According to him, what I had WASN'T a business at all.Worse: I had to agree!If you own a business, Kiyosaki says, you can go on vacation for a whole year,...

Identifying Opportunity in Adversity

Identifying Opportunity in Adversity

People often misread an event or circumstance as an adversity or setback. The problem is that we tend to judge events on the basis of their immediate impact, but, as life repeatedly teaches us, the long-term consequences of an action can be quite different from what...

Low-Hanging Fruit

Low-Hanging Fruit

Up until five years ago, my parents had an apple tree on the farm. The fruit wasn’t great, but it was good enough for my mom to make a few large batches of applesauce each fall. It was my job, on a weekend home from college, to pick the apples before they all fell off...

Your Slam Dunk Customer

Your Slam Dunk Customer

As I sat in the Cleveland airport on a Saturday evening this spring, waiting out yet another flight delay, I had a chance to read the June 2012 issue of Fast Company. It was a jam-packed issue with 100 profiles of the most creative people in business today. Alas, I...

The 3 AM Epiphany

The 3 AM Epiphany

It was three o'clock in the morning. I know because I saw the alarm clock as I reached for a pad and pen. I had been spending a few hours a day for the past week analyzing all the surveys my business clients have sent me over the past six years. Trying to find the...

Overcoming Your Monetary Crisis

Overcoming Your Monetary Crisis

One of my favorite rituals is to sit outside of Starbucks with my iced coffee in hand and mentally prepare for my workout. On Saturday I was doing just that when I over heard the conversation at the table next to me. The two young ment at the next table over clearly...

Why You Need Another Voice in Your Business

Why You Need Another Voice in Your Business

Woof. Woof. When my human asked me to put together this article for you, I nearly declined. Truth is I've been spending quite a bit of time out on the farm where he grew up, and frankly, my days are filled with chasing assorted varmints, swimming in the little river...

How to Find Good Employees

How to Find Good Employees

As a business consultant, one of the most common questions I am asked is, "What's the best way to find good employees?". I work with many successful solo-preneurs who are hitting that stage where it is time to grow their business, and that means bringing on key...

The Power of Delight

The Power of Delight

What if we were doing it all wrong? According to my genius friend and founder of Riddle & Co., Jeff Riddle, businesses are going about growth all wrong. They spend every waking hour and huge line items in their budgets on customer acquisition. Then, once a...

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