Why Separating Business and Family is Impossible

Why Separating Business and Family is Impossible

My wife and I own a small mom and pop business in our community. We’ve had it for a little over ten years. In that time it has completely changed our understanding of the role of small business – I mean REALLY small business – plays in our economy. We...
How to Stay in Business for 70 Years or More

How to Stay in Business for 70 Years or More

If there were a business equivalent of six pack abs, one such flat belly might surprise you. Dunkin’ Donuts.* I know. Using “six pack abs” and “donuts” in the same sentence is a little strange. But regardless of how Dunkin’ fits within your health regimen, this brand...
8 Hours to a Small Business Transformation

8 Hours to a Small Business Transformation

Over that past two weeks I have splurged. I have been frivolous with my time to the point of feeling irresponsible. I questioned myself several times while I was doing it – thinking “stop this and get back to work!” But I had finally reached a point where I...
5 Disciplines of Tool Savvy Managers.

5 Disciplines of Tool Savvy Managers.

In the classic hit comedy “Home Improvement”, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor is the unassuming though accident-prone tool ‘expert’ on a “how to” show whose main punchlines often involve klutsey ‘fails’. I can...
10 Strategies for Rejuvenating Vacations

10 Strategies for Rejuvenating Vacations

One of my favorite movies is Vacation with Chevy Chase.  We have been the Griswold’s on more than one occasion with the unreasonable expectations, family qwerks and memorable experiences – some good and some not. Each year I make mental notes of what to do...
The Simple Truth About Systems

The Simple Truth About Systems

I recently had lunch with a friend who leads student ministries for a local humongo-church.  Leading a large ministry of this kind is no small task, with hundreds of students and therefore roughly 27,683,000 glands introducing themselves at any given moment.  That’s a...
Making the Next 100 Hours Count

Making the Next 100 Hours Count

Monday mornings present a fresh new week with about 100 hours to make an impact on this world. But you can’t be all things to all people. At least not this week. Below are five easy ways to create the kind of focus and intentionality to make these next 100 hours...