Business Goals give your business consistency and growth.
There is a lot that you can not control in business, so it pays to focus your efforts on the things that you can control.
You have to make dozens of business decisions each day: knowing what you are working towards makes the difference between good decisions and bad surprises. How do you manage it all and still keep business management simple? The Progress program gives you and outsourced Chief Strategist Officer for professional advice and performance tracking.
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$600 kick off session,
Then: $550 per meeting
Monthly or quarterly meetings to track your progress and plan ahead.
You use your craft to start your own business; it lives; it grows. And at some point, you also want it to work without you. At some point you will want to exit. Whether looking to leave the day to day completely, or rather focus only on certain activities, at some point the business will…Read More
It is a growing trend to see businesses allocate specific time to strategy and innovation. And that’s a good thing. But it shouldn’t stop there. Innovation will be effective if it is based on the correct information. That information gathering should be happening continuously. Here are two ways you can build innovative thinking into your…Read More
It is helpful, every now and then, to get a little bit philosophical. Last week’s look at passion was a chance to remind yourself that working through the challenges and successes of running a business is part of the fun. Or “fun”. It does not, however, stop there. Passion, to have impact, requires action. And…Read More
This weekend we will see the opening of the FIFA Women’s World Cup; that is the soccer world cup of women’s national teams. You may already be familiar with my soccer/business analogy, and how a well-run business also has a front office, a midfield, and a defense. Women’s soccer specifically brings us another analogy about…Read More
Last week I promised more information about the various competitive forces a business faces. In past posts we have tackled the categories of direct competition. This makes up just one of Porter’s Five Forces. What is the Five Forces model Michael Porter developed his “Five Forces of Competitive Position Analysis” in 1979, creating some timeless…Read More
I recently had occasion to revive this Gary Vaynerchuk classic quote: Make Money: Don’t Raise Money As business mantras go, this one is pretty powerful. In this case Gary Vee has two main points in mind: the importance of sales capabilities, and the sustainability of the VC culture (which he questions). There is a more…Read More
Last January I talked about new year’s habits as an option to new year’s resolutions: New year’s resolutions are list items we can start to forget by about mid-February. New year’s goals are targets we can miss and return to for the first six months of the year. New year’s habits, however, are a structured…Read More
In business, tradition is a terrible reason to do something. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” is not an effective evaluation of strategy. And don’t even get me started on “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. (To summarize my view on this: always consider fixing it, there might be a better way to…Read More
Contrary to many headlines and Facebook posts: networking is neither dead nor useless. It probably is over-used and badly used. But it still remains an essential tool for business growth. I recently did a series of Consultant Corner videos about how to prepare and follow up for networking and meetings. Here I look at that…Read More