Each business will determine its own priorities, ingredients, and exact steps as it develops and grows. But within those variations, there remain four essential stages that a business leader must recognize and manage.  Much like in Italian cooking. There are many ways to make a tomato sauce, but you will have to use certain base…

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After my recent series on internal business meetings, a reader asked me for advice on running a first, team-wide meeting.  This reader has a growing business and decided to start team-wide meetings from the new year, and his question is, quite simply: “Where do I start? How should I run my first and subsequent team…

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What are meetings? Meetings are about multiple people contributing to an idea, a question, or a decision.  Once you have determined your meeting topic and structure, you get everyone to the table… and then what? How do you make sure the conversation stays on topic, and that everybody is able to share new ideas? Enter:…

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I would never write about what a thing is not, without clarifying what the thing is. Meetings are where information goes to grow.  Bringing two or more minds together is about producing a new idea that one mind on its own would not be able to create.  At the end of every meeting, each participant…

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Meetings: you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them, and you can barely live through most of them.  It saddens me that meetings have such a bad reputation these days, because they should be one of your most effective business tools. But meetings have been abused and overused for so long.  There has…

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“Decision Making”, “Problem Solving”, “Innovation” … We all hear these words in our business every day. But what does it all mean? And how do they fit together? These are all about answering the question: “what should we do next”.  And the title to this post is no accident: when it comes to decisions in…

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Is to do it last. This post remains relevant to my usual themes, if the subject is more tactical than usual. We all need software tools to run our business, and our choices here can impact business in a good or bad way. The latter happens when the software choice is made first, and business…

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Because writing the Business Plan is the most important part of it all. Following on last week’s discussion about what investors want to see and why they would give you their money: to pitch an investor you would write a business plan. If you are not pitching investors … write it anyway. Write it for…

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In all the forums and advice groups in which I participate, this question (and its many variations) is a common one. Not all businesses look for investors, but the answer to this question serves business owners in general planning as well, so it is always worth addressing. Indeed collecting the information you may need to…

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It makes me flinch a little every time: somebody powers up a computer, opens their calendar and suddenly its notification chaos. There are overlapping commitments, at least seven different colors for different event types, and event titles that say little or nothing… “meet with Pete”, … “Design”, … And yet: those are the people who…

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