Category: Business Growth & Opportunities

Golden Age of Productivity Tools for Business — a Good Investment

Productivity tools are expanding at an incredible pace all around us.  These tools are particularly relevant for smaller business owners to understand and a good investment of time and money.  This struck me while being told a story a few months ago by the proprietor of Borsheim’s… Continue reading

Rich vs King? Spoils Go To Business Owners Who Delegate & Share

As is often said around Silicon Valley, “Would you rather be rich or be king?”  I think the rich vs king question is too crass and is aimed narrowly at convincing a founder to bring in senior management to manage a growing enterprise. However, I… Continue reading

Company Culture Key to Growing A Business

Every day in a small business I know, 100,000 interactions happen among employees, customers, and external parties — the only way I know to align all of those interactions is through a strong company culture.  So, company culture is key to growing a business and… Continue reading

Long-term Investment Value the Clif Bar Way

On a plane last week, I read the book Raising the Bar by the founder of Clif Bar, Gary Erickson.  Great book — particularly good at ideas around long-term investment. Erickson wanted to manage his company in a way that was not aligned with traditional… Continue reading

Keep Pedaling When You Most Want to Coast

When cycling to the top of a big hill, it is tempting to coast down the other side.  However, I have found that in business it is important to keep pedaling when you most feel like coasting.  It is often those investments made in a… Continue reading

Business Growth Rate and Selling Your Business (To Sell or Not to Sell – a series)

The business growth rate is obviously a huge factor in a decision to sell or not to sell your business.  This post is next in my series “To Sell or Not to Sell Your Business”. Obviously, the higher the sustainable growth rate that has been demonstrated… Continue reading

Three Cheers to the Lazerows and Buddy Media

I love my job (if you can call it that) because I get to work with excellent entrepreneurs and business owners.  They are inspiring people with the optimism to improve the world, the bravery to double down on the roller coaster of the inevitable ups… Continue reading

Business Strategy Plans Not Working? – Top Down vs Bottom-Up

Business Strategy Plans Business strategy, in my opinion, usually develops over time rather than being a master business strategy plan from the CEO. It is often tempting to think that we can devise a master business strategy plan and then focus on executing that strategy.… Continue reading

Business Ownership – Best Time Ever

Business ownership, even with all the struggles and frustrations, can be a wonderful life experience. On top of that, today may be the best time ever to own a small or medium size business, says Scott Strauss of the USA Today. As part of National… Continue reading

Business Growth Strategies – Early Revenue and Profits (even small) are Important

Business Growth Strategies In business growth strategies, two excellent thinkers about business growth suggest driving to revenue, profit, and customers quickly (even if small).  These are ideas from Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School and author/consultant Ram Charan. In Christensen’s class at Harvard, he taught… Continue reading