How to write goals that matter… and that work (3/5) 👆

Last week you worked on the three questions you have to answer to write proper annual goals.  But our work here is not done yet.  Answering the questions is half the exercise. Now we have to structure those answers so they become more than ideas and hopes. They have to make a plan.  Goals that…

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Why you want to write an annual plan 👉 (1/5)

You want to start work in January knowing what your business will look like in December. And you want everybody who works for you and with you to know it too.  It’s easier to plan your actions and strategies if you know where you want to go. Annual planning is a thought process. It involves…

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Operational efficiency: an essential to grow your business

Business growth is what we’re talking about, but to achieve growth, you must scale your business.  Growing your business means adding parts. More clients, more employees, more desks, more anything. Scaling your business means that your revenue increases, but your resources stay about the same.  For more on that see my post Why scaling is…

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3 key business skills, part 1: Management

“It is easy to be distracted by your customer-facing work, but the foundation of your success will be built on sound management practices.” This quote is the reason I keep returning to this article in Small Biz Viewpoints.  The article highlights three key business skills that owners must nurture. We’ll take a look at each…

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How does everybody spend their time?

“I want all my employees to be in the office to Build better camaraderie Brainstorm more Make sure I know what they are doing“ If you’re in point three, where your employees work doesn’t matter. You still don’t know what they are doing.  What are people doing? It’s unlikely that you spend all day standing…

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The best lessons are the ones we learn

There’s nothing wrong with things going wrong in business.  Do you remember Apple’s first hand-held device, the Newton? No? That’s ok, neither does anybody else.  Managerially the company did everything right and yet the product was a huge flop.  But the brand didn’t disappear, and 13 years later they launched the iPhone, which quickly set…

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