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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Do I Stay Focused?

Staying focused can be a problem in regular life, not to mention your business life.  One of the things we provide for our coaching clients is a framework to help them know “what” they should be focusing on which is our 7 Keys to Success.  But that doesn’t explain “how” they can stay focused.  After all, don’t we all battle some demons when it comes to staying focused?

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Often Should The Boss Be In The Office?

This is one of those questions that circles around an owner’s mind quite often. Not only how often should I be in the office but for how long? Should the boss be the first in and last to leave? Or should the boss only show up whenever it’s convenient? Or somewhere in between? How about as little as possible? The short answer is, it depends!

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Would I Act If Money Was No Object?

We recently met a husband and wife who have owned and worked together in a business for nearly three decades. They were exploring the possibility of selling their business and retiring. When we asked them what they were going to do after they sold the business they both had a sheepish grin and said they were going to “relax and enjoy life.” They want to do a little traveling and spend time with the grandkids, but the basic driver is to get relief from the day-to-day running of the business.

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Do I Get Over Trying To Be In Control?

One of the things that folks in a leadership position wrestle with is the idea of being in control. We will often hear business owners talk about how they are accused of being micromanagers. This can result in team members not feeling confident or empowered to make many of the day-to-day decisions in running the business and instead will wait for the owner to step in to decide what to do. This can be one of the biggest limiting factors for you and your business’s success.

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Do I Know It’s Time To Hire A Coach or Consultant

Many business owners are looking for help. Oftentimes they are looking in all the wrong places. It usually starts with friends and family. Most of these friends and family are well intentioned, but many can’t relate to the challenges of owning and running a small business as they’ve never done it successfully themselves. Or perhaps they have had some success in running a small business, but that doesn’t mean they can help or teach you.

Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Do I Know It’s Time To Get Rid of Someone?

One of the toughest decisions for many business owners is deciding when it’s time to get rid of someone. That “someone” could be an employee, contractor, customer, or even a vendor. One of the things we love most about small business is that it allows for a heart whereas big business usually comes down to a number.