Tag Archives: Business Growth & Opportunities

Should CEO’s, Business Owners, Founders Focus Inside or Outside?

Founders, CEO’s, and business owners need to be skilled at knowing how to balance many competing ideas, priorities, initiatives, and more.  We explored this idea in the post the Art of Balance that listed 20 continuums that founders, CEO’s, and business owners must balance constantly. How much to focus… Continue reading

Art of Balance — the Key to Business & Management Success

Balance is key to success, particularly for business owners and leaders who think about an entire organization.  This means: a) the ability to decide where and when to focus on multiple continuums, b) the ability to execute those decisions, and c) the ability to know when to reassess (a… Continue reading

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

Best Mobile Scheduling App From Appointment Plus

Manage your Appointment Schedule with an excellent Mobile Scheduling App Appointment Plus, a portfolio company of my investment partnership, released their latest native appointment scheduling apps for iPhone, iPad and Android and they are awesome.  The apps enable organizations to manage their customer appointment schedules… Continue reading

Honey, I Shrunk the Definition of “Long-Term Investing”

Defining Long Term Investing Three years is “long-term investing” according to a discussion I attended last week.  The discussion was among a handful of family office investors who help manage money for Haim Saban (participated in sale of Fox Family to Walt Disney), Eric Schmidt… Continue reading

Learning Business Lessons: Business as a Dojo Space

Business Lessons Life and business lessons can be gleaned from all directions when managing and owning a business.  This idea was captured for me when a long-time employee of the National Holistic Institute said, “NHI is everybody’s dojo — or a space where we learn… 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