What is Your Company’s Big-Picture Goal?

  I am blogging about 20 Clarity Questions that we need to answer in order to set our business focus and direction. When we can answer these questions, we’re well on your way to a very clear strategy and message. Let’s consider together the vital question of purpose, and how that will shape the future direction of the company. Clarity Question […]

Becoming a Free Agent

  Book Review If you are contemplating moving from corporate employee to contractor/consultant/solopreneur, I have a very helpful new book to recommend. It’s called Free Agent by Katy Tynan. I met Katy a couple years back at a Mastermind group (you can read more about our meeting in chapter 3 of the book) and we […]

The Missing Piece of Your Business

  Small, growing businesses are often one key hire away from lifting off of the runway and beginning to reach their potential. Companies often begin their voyage with a key leader or two, and some employees. Growth occurs; then a certain inflection point is reached where the company moves either toward elevation, or stagnation. The problem isn’t […]

When Your Business Has Warts

  Most businesses go through an uneven – some may even say random – growth process. You start with one thing, then you add this client, that offering, move into this neighboring domain, and pretty seen you have…not growth, but growths. Lots of things sticking out. I call it growth by accretion (def: the process of […]

Stuck and Struggling: Misplaced Persons

You’ve heard the phrase about getting the right people on the bus…and then, getting them in the right seat on the bus. Well, it’s true. One of the plagues of companies that are stuck and struggling is having the wrong people on board, or having people in mis-matched roles. And it’s incredibly common. I remember […]

Stuck and Struggling: Navigating the Whitewater

“What you’re going through is normal – it’s called growing pains.” I don’t know how many times I’ve said something along these lines to business leaders who suddenly find themselves in a swirl of “issues” as they add new business and employees. It’s like paddling down a river, when suddenly, coming around a bend, you’re […]

Stuck and Struggling: Direction Attention Deficit Disorder

  Direction Attention Deficit Disorder (DADD) – have you ever worked with a leader that has a new idea every week? It can be frustrating, yes? I was brought up short once about my DADD by a graphic designer I used to work with. I asked her about any difficulties working with me (dangerous question!) She […]

Stuck and Struggling: the Can’t-Let-Go Leader

  I’ve helped lead sales/marketing for 2 small and growing companies (10 years each); plus, done all the business development for my own consultancy for the past 8 and a half years. And, I’ve consulted with dozens of companies and startups on their strategy and messaging. In other words, I’ve seen a lot of what […]

2015: The Year of the Depth Charge

It has become fashionable for many social media friends to put forward 3 words that will be their business (and/or personal) focus for the coming year. I like the idea – which I think originated with Chris Brogan – hey, it’s all about clarity and brevity, right? So, this year, I’m going to go with it. […]

The 80/20 Principle of Starting a Business

Everyone who starts a business soon realizes that the entrepreneur HAS to be open to change. How many of you started a business and had it 100% nailed right out of the gate? Hmmmm….I thought so. Evolution happens. We have ideas. The marketplace has its own needs and ideas. When the two get together, the […]