It is a common trope that failure is a lesson. The question is: are we learning it? In school, we had lesson plans, curricula, lectures, and homework. To truly learn our lessons from failure – or mistakes, or problems, or imperfections – we need a lesson plan.  When you find that something has gone wrong…

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In the first four Rocky movies, he fights three different opponents. While, admittedly, the narrative arcs of the movies follow similar lines, the training plans differ significantly from one movie to the next.  In each film, he has different strengths and weaknesses. Most notably, a hit to the eye damages his peripheral vision for the…

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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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“How do you remain ahead of competitors when dealing with digital challenges?” This question was presented in a small business forum, which I frequent. Things happen quickly in digital trends, customer preferences, and life in general, frankly. When a competitor seems to be making noise, the immediate reaction is often to try to one-up them.…

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Running a business requires more than money and time. Every investment is a resource. Last summer I posted a short series on this blog about how to run a resource audit. For a solo-preneur or a new small business owner, there is a simple model to use to address all your key resource allocation from…

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Who do you trust when making quick decisions? Is your instinct always reliable? As a matter of fact, we think it is.  The difficulty comes in determining if what you are following is your instinct, or actually your impulse. Is your decision based on your gut, or based on your gluttony? How do you tell…

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Have you ever tried tracking your time at work? How much visibility do have over how your hours are spent? Before you answer, consider this scenario: you take your can in to the mechanic’s. You explain what is happening – a strange noise, a tug to the left – and the mechanic says “I understand,…

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