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 […]

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 […]

7 Radical Principles for Strategic Planning

leadership development, time management, how to set goals, how to prioritize

Something strange happens this time of year. All over the world organizations and individuals are giving thought to their future, and future plans are being made. Many of these are labeled ‘Strategic Plans’. They are pontificated, debated, created, validated, edited, and circulated. And then this is where the strange part comes in. They are filed. It’s not unlike […]

What Top Professionals Know That Amateurs Seem To Forget

Behavior, Habit, Leadership Development, Mindset, Culture, Strategic Planning, Business

There is an old proverb that says ‘The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.’ The significance of this pithy jewel is well known to those in the agriculture industry. Plowing in the autumn enriches the soil making way for a good yield in the next crop. […]

What Top Talent Wants From Every Employer

Business Coaching, Business development, Culture, Entrepeneur, Leadership development, Strategic Planning, teams, Conflicts, career

A client recently made an offhand comment about a former employer that I found amusing and sad at the same time. In discussing strategies for recruiting and selecting top talent, he quipped about the challenge that business faced in finding talent period.  He said half the qualified people in the local market had previously worked […]

10 Strategies for Rejuvenating Vacations

Time Management, Strategic Planning, Business, business coaching, Focus, Habit, Leadership development, Life, Productivity

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 and what not to do next time.  And each year I repeat many of the vacation […]