Why Connecting with the Tough Decision Makers is Worth Your Time

Presenting a product or service to someone who cannot say “Yes!” and is not the primary decision-maker is one of the biggest wastes of time in the sales game. At certain times in the sales process, it can be appropriate to present to someone who can only recommend your products. It’s crucial to be aware…

What are you Measuring in Your Business

What are you measuring in your business? According to Peter Drucker, and the experience of all my clients, “what gets measured, gets managed”. If you are not achieving the results you want in your life, organization or business ask yourself, “What exactly are we measuring?”. Maybe you are measuring nothing at all. Our clients will…

Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s

One of the things I enjoy about watching a good basketball game is the commentator’s use of statistics. I’m amazed by the wide range of statistics used and the conclusions drawn in the commentator’s analysis of the game. Statistics, in many ways, really tell the story of how the game was won or lost. In…

Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment

To be a business that is, a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you — your business must give a good return on investment plus a full wage for every hour you spend working in your business. You can then pay someone to do your job and the business profits are not affected. The quote…

Is Your Business Growing or Dying

As a Business Coach, often business owners ask if it’s true that 80% of new business may fail within the first 5 years. And what of those that still exist after the first 5 years? What is the main reason for these failures? Most importantly, what is the secret of a successful business? It’s not…

Keeping Score in a Winning Business

Technology in sport today has become increasingly sophisticated and enables monitoring of individual and team performance to levels unheard of even 10 years ago. Basic scorekeeping is taken for granted and we now see an instant array of data available for immediate analysis and magic eyes to challenge the decisions of human scorekeepers, umpires and…

Who said that?

Who said: ‘Work Smarter…Not Harder’? This phrase has been attributed to Allan F. Mogensen, the creator of ‘Work Simplification’. And what is Work Simplification, you ask: “the organized use of common sense by everyone involved to find easier and better ways of doing work” Business Lesson to be Learned: Keep an open mind and listen…

Why are owls so wise?

In Greek mythology, Goddess Athena used an owl as her emblem. With its focused, silent gaze, the owl gives the appearance of deep thought and knowledge. Actually… The owl’s brain is quite small, relatively speaking, and its unrelenting stare comes from the owl’s inability to move its eyes. Owls can, however, turn their heads completely…

Business Success: Eight Fundamentals

Business is full of mysteries, but none is greater than this: What are the elements that contribute to a company’s success? Executives have spent 100 years guessing about what makes a company succeed–and usually guessing wrong. In the best of times, most don’t fully understand what they’re doing right. Even fewer really know how to…

Uncomfortable Conversations

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” ― Timothy Ferriss Who is making you uncomfortable? Who looks you in the eye and says, “given your skills, you could do better…” “You have enough leverage to really make a difference.” “What…

Are you working hard or just working long hours?

Hard vs: Long Work As the long days of summer become the shorter days of Autumn, how are you spending your time? Are you working hard or just working long hours? Long work is done by the lawyer who bills 14 hours a day filling in forms. Hard work is what the insightful litigator does…

Investing Time on the Right Tasks

Adoxography was a term coined in the late 19th century. It refers to highly skilled writing about trivial subjects. In effect, it’s wasting great skills and ability on things that don’t matter. And yet the ancient Greeks, who were otherwise pretty smart people, would engage in Adoxography on purpose, spending hours in praise of things…

Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!

Thinking “outside the box” is a popular idea in the business world today. People and organizations are told to think outside the box to stimulate creativity when they need to solve problems, streamline production, establish a new product, or develop a new process. And it’s true that unconventional thinking often sparks creativity and innovation. But…

How to Make Your Business Writing Twice as Good

You can double the power of your business communications simply by stating your primary message earlier. When business writing is bad, it’s usually: Complicated Confusing Vague Unconvincing A straightforward thesis stated early in the copy will solve these common problems. Let your readers know exactly what you’re talking about and why they should keep reading.…

Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business

When you hear people talking about sales goals, they’re almost always referring to gross sales, i.e., “I want to do $1,000,000 in sales. But what is more important — gross sales or net profits? Increasing net profits, the money you keep after paying expenses, should always be the goal. Doubling sales does not necessarily mean…

Features versus Benefits

The last thing you want your marketing copy to be is a features-laden description of your products or services.  Most clients and customers base buying decisions on perceived benefits, not features. Think of the feature as the description and the benefit as the result. Then rewrite your feature statements into benefit statements. You’ll save prospective…

10 Elements of a World-Class Company

 The 10 Elements of a World-class Company Highly successful organizations have certain definable qualities in common. These universal distinguishing characteristics separate good companies from great companies. Each of these qualities, these pillars of a great company, is as important as the others. Together, they create the culture of the organization. The following are the 10…

Riding a Dead Horse

Riding Dead Horses: A Common Pastime The tribal wisdom of the Dakota people, passed on from generation to generation, states that when you discover you’re riding a dead horse, the best thing you can do is dismount. However, in modern corporate North America, a vast range of far more advanced strategies are generally encouraged: Buy…