How Can Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Results?

This is the third installment in helping you develop and design clear systems. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

This week I want to share a business development concept that will help you turn your current frustrations into operational systems. It’s one small step for you and your team, but it will be one giant leap for your business.

There were some days as a business owner when I felt completely consumed by my business. The only thing I could count on was a frustrating lack of control as I raced around putting out fires. On days like that, I found myself wishing I was like the members of the Apollo program: the mad scientist, the iron-jawed leader, and the astronaut:

Topics: Strategic Planning, Leadership, Systemization

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3, 2, 1, Blast Off: The Growth Paradox

This is the second installment in helping you develop and design clear systems. Click here for Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

“By the end of the decade we will have put a man on the moon and safely returned him to Earth.” —President J.F. Kennedy, 1962

In my first article in this series on systems, I introduced you to the idea that as the owner and entrepreneur in your business, you are also the systems engineer. In this second article, I’m proposing that in solving frustrations with better designed system solutions, we often start in the wrong place.

Topics: Strategic Planning, Leadership, Systemization

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Are You Social?

What happened over the last ten years? For me, it went from door-to-door salespeople and a mailbox full of advertisements to electronic overload. My gosh, my inbox fills up fast. My Facebook feed runs faster than I can run my fastest mile. My phone battery now dies quicker than ever before, and at times, I want to say to heck with it all and delete every one of my apps. But then, I remember I #like to be social.

Topics: Strategic Planning, Brand, Social Media

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What’s the worst thing that could happen to your business? Are you prepared for it?

What do oyster farming, planning, and your business have in common?

If you work in the oyster farming business, then one thing is certain: everything can—and will—go wrong in your business. Wind, rain, tidal swells, oil spills, and sea sickness to name a few. Rest assured, there will be an obstacle in your way. 

Topics: Strategic Planning, Management

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Prepare, Plan, then Pivot

Two hundred and thirty years ago, Robert Burns was plowing his field when he destroyed a mouse’s nest that was meant to protect it through the winter. Feeling for the mouse, Burns wrote a poem, To a Mouse, including the infamous line:

Topics: Strategic Planning

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Is Your Business Ready for 2016?

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a natural time to reflect on how this past year went. Yet, so often, we steamroll right into the next year with New Year’s resolutions we’ve posted on Facebook and promises to ourselves that we often don’t follow through.

Topics: Strategic Planning

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What's It Going to Take to Grow in 2015?

You’re always looking for new ways to grow. But the trap most owners fall into is that they spend too much time figuring what they’re going to do, and not enough on what they’re not. It’s the ‘secret ingredient’ to our 6 step planning process—the simplest way we know to figure out where you want to go and what needs to change to get there.

Topics: Strategic Planning

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An Angel Investor Is Not the Best Kind

The kind of angel your business needs probably isn't the kind with new investment, but the kind with something much more important. What this other kind of angel can give you is a new perspective - a way of looking at things that you can't see when you're stuck in the weeds.

Topics: Strategic Planning

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You Aren't Scalable - How To Turn Your Personal Passion Into A Thriving Business

Passion and drive go a long way. There were 5,000 little things you did to survive in the face of long odds of small business success - the late nights, juggling expenses, praying for new customers. You leaned on that passion and drive to get through - and it worked.

Topics: Sales, Strategic Planning

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Money is Not One of the Top Three Reasons Entrepreneurs Start Their Business

Second Annual State of the Business Owner Report Reveals that the Top Three Factors that Motivate Entrepreneurs to Start their Business are Freedom, Passion and Independence

For today’s entrepreneurs, starting a business is not all about the money. According to the 2013 State Of The Business Owner (SOBO) Report, announced today by business coaching leader EMyth, the top three reasons today’s entrepreneurs start their business are: freedom to pursue new opportunities; following their personal passion; and, to gain independence from other’s control. Money, in fact, ranks fourth. EMyth commissioned the State Of The Business Owner project, now in its second year, and surveyed more than 1,700 business owners to gain insights into the real challenges that small and midsize businesses face on a daily basis.

Topics: EMyth, Strategic Planning, Coaching

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