Strategizing

Small Business Strategy and Planning

The most successful business owners are always thinking ahead. If you are a new business owner, strategizing about mission statements, corporate culture and business plans are things you would be smart to address early on. More seasoned business owners can benefit from articles on everything from setting client expectations to creating a niche for your small business

Mission Statements: Who You Are, What You Do and Why You Do it

There is a scene in Lawrence of Arabia, the epic film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O’Toole, where we see Lawrence standing majestically in the middle of the desert with his white robe swirling around him in the breeze. Nearby, his companion frantically shouts and waves to get the attention of a lone motorcyclist in the distance. When the … [Read more...]

Overhaul your Business Strategy with Agile Training

Professionals are claiming that Agile Training is not only changing their business but it is changing the way their employees are working. Training in business is becoming just as important as other staff benefits such as wages and holiday allowance. Staff which are trained are happier and most importantly – informed. The Agile methodology began as a way of looking at … [Read more...]

Transitioning a Family Business: How to Do It and Keep the Family Intact

Statistics compiled by Johnson Cornell University tell us that 40 percent of all U.S.-based family businesses, of which there are approximately 5.5 million, are passed down to the next generation. From there, about 13 percent keep their doors open long enough to be transferred to the third generation, and a mere 3 percent are ever held in the fourth generation’s hands. While … [Read more...]

How to Survive Working from Home: Advice From Other Entrepreneurs

When people learn that I work from home, one of the first things they generally say is, “You’re so lucky! I wish I could work from home too”. I usually just smile in return when what I really want to do is tell them exactly what it’s like to work in the same place where you eat, sleep, socialize, relax, and take care of your family. Yes, I readily admit that there are many … [Read more...]

Turning Networking Contacts into Referral Relationships

We all know about New Year’s resolutions – but summer is characterized by its own set of resolutions, particularly in business. When people resolve to slow down for the summer, they tend to go into overdrive by reaching out to networking contacts “one last time” before checking out. As a result, our inboxes are full of emails and our phones are pinging nonstop – all because … [Read more...]

Your Mission Statement: Don’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Writing a mission statement for your company can seem so daunting. How do you boil down all of the most essential values of your business into a single, concise statement? How do you make sure it communicates the right message to your team and to customers? It seems like there’s a lot of pressure to get it just right, and this becomes a point of paralysis for many business … [Read more...]