How Do I Touch The Third Rail and Survive a Transition?

For those unfamiliar with the term “third rail” we’ve including a link below talking about it’s definition in politics. The metaphor comes from the high-voltage third rail in some electric railway systems. Touching that third rail often results in electrocution so most folks don’t live to tell about it.

How Has COVID Made A Positive Impact On Your Business?

OK, enough talk about what damage or bad things COVID-19 has caused. We wanted to take some time during today’s show to reflect on all the wonderful things that have come out of the past year plus of this pandemic. We wanted to highlight some of the great things we’ve noticed during this time both from a personal as well as a business standpoint.

How Do I Create a Path For My Best People To Advance?

How many good employees do you have on your team? All of them? None of them? Not sure? We find that most small business owners don’t know how many good employees they have for a simple reason…they aren’t sure what a good employee looks like.

How Do I Get Better As a Leader?

One of the Dirty Secrets of business ownership is that whether you like it or not, one of your primary roles is to be a Leader for your organization. You may think, “Hey I didn’t sign up for this Leadership stuff, I just want to run my own business.” What exactly does it mean to be a good Leader?

How Do I Get Dad To Step Away?

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”  If you’ve ever seen the movie Dirty Dancing, then you can picture the scene with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.  Well we’ve heard versions of this line with the same emotion and passion.  But instead of talking about corners the business owner is talking about “Don’t push me out of my company!”  We see it all the time with sports as well.  Maybe you’ve seen an aging athlete on your favorite team not quite ready to give it up yet.

Why Are You Wasting Your Time Writing A Business Plan?

One of the things we fight in our day jobs as business coaches is the never ending poor advice given to small business owners. Perhaps the biggest offense with this advice is folks talking about business plans. It might sound something like, “All you need is a business plan to get started.” Well intentioned advice. But what does this really mean?

How Do I Get Over The Fear/Downside of Starting/Buying My Own Business?

Have you ever seen the movie Rudy? It’s based on a true story of a young man whose biggest desire was to play football for Notre Dame. As with any great story there are many obstacles for our hero to overcome including his limited physical abilities. Perhaps the most challenging obstacle that Rudy and many of us face is the doubters around us who tell us we’re crazy for thinking something is possible or that it can’t be done. It’s often easy to give into this fear of failure and start to doubt ourselves.

How Do I Get Everyone On The Same Page?

One of the biggest challenges and common frustrations of any leader is to get everyone on your team on the same page. Use whatever metaphor you want. Things like “all rowing in the same direction” or “everyone reading from the same hymnal” and hundreds of other cliches. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you focus on as a Leader. Because whatever you focus on is what your team will focus on.