How to Survive Startup Vertigo

Systems to the Rescue

How-to-survive-startup-vertigo

I’ve been in somewhat of a sales slump lately. It began when I shifted my coaching practice to a predominantly online business model.   To be honest I’ve enjoyed making and taking the time to write and create.  It’s one of those necessary ‘must do’ kinds of work for me – life giving and gratifying. […]

What Season is Your Business In?

How to flourish in each season that comes your way.

Most areas of the continental US enjoy parts of every season. One of the reasons we enjoy Knoxville so much is the robust sampling of each. Often by the end of one season, we begin to be ready for the next. For example right about now the thought of a weekend in the mid-90’s is […]

5 Reasons to Leave Pokemon Go Out of Your Marketing Plan – At Least For Now

Especially if You Own a Retail Business

This one is for my friends in retail.  And just to be safe, for anyone who might be tempted to let fads drive your business development strategy. I’ll warn you this content may register high on snark, cynicism and verbal spiciness.  It’s that kind of post. I don’t mean to sound cooler than I really […]

Measure BOTH of these if you really want to know how your business is performing.

On the value of activity as well as results

business building, mindset, activities and outcomes, KPI, entrepreneurship, team building

I love weekends in the fall. Aside from colorful foliage here in East Tennessee, fall weekends give us football! I actively follow two college teams and two NFL teams. This past weekend one of my college teams won. And one lost. One of my NFL teams won. And one lost. According to those outcomes, it […]

7 Make-or-Break Steps to an Actionable Strategic Plan

strategic planning, business building, business coaching, getting things done, entrepreneurship

One of the many bloggers that I follow is John Jantsch, whose Duct Tape Marketing often provides helpful insights on marketing for the small business community.  He holds this spot-on perspective about strategic planning and small business – saying “…small business owners would love to have a three-year and five-year plan, but the reality is we often […]

5 Toxic Effects of Gossip About Former Employees

And a few healthier alternatives for team building

team building, business building, leadership development, management development, culture, toxic culture

The meeting was going well until a name was dropped.  The ensuing chuckles and eye rolls suggested some kind of infamy or company lore. The only comment made was less than flattering.  And then the conversation continued as if nothing happened at all. But in reality something very septic just happened.  Something that often goes […]

3 Ways to Handle The Messy Middle of Conflict

Guiding Principles for Leadership Effectiveness

business building, leadership development, mindset, conflict, team buiding

Each time I teach on the subject of conflict I learn something new.  Life is full of case studies. At a recent client session with a management team I began with a “checkered flag/yellow flag” exercise where everyone shares a victory and a caution within their area of the business.  To the person, all of […]