How to set profit, impact, and enjoyment goals as part of your annual planning process

It is annual planning season (and Q1 planning season) for many business owners, which means it’s time to identify the overriding goals for your business over the next 12 months (and then to break those annual goals down into smaller chunks that can be accomplished in the next 3 months).  Since the three most important … Continue reading “How to set profit, impact, and enjoyment goals as part of your annual planning process”

Business lessons from a $4 Christmas gift

With four school-aged kids in our house, Christmas morning is quite the production. Wrapping paper flies everywhere as the kids open their gifts from Santa, mom and dad, grandparents, and other relatives. Among the mix this year was a new bike, a giant dollhouse, an Xbox, some Lego sets and, of course, lots of clothes.  … Continue reading “Business lessons from a $4 Christmas gift”

The Whole PIE Business Management System™ Training Program launches in January 2021

Looking to join other like-minded small business owners in setting your business up for success in 2021, despite these challenging times? Our new Training Program for Small Business owners will help you do just that. We will show you how to harness the power of strategic goal setting to get the Whole PIE in your … Continue reading “The Whole PIE Business Management System™ Training Program launches in January 2021”

The Foundation and the Flywheel (Or, the two things that lead to more profit, impact, and joy in your business)

I have written about how the three most important measures of small business success are profit, impact and joy. In my view, truly successful businesses are those that are: Profitable– they consistently generate the profit required to support the business’ desired growth and impact. Impactful– they make a difference in the world, by improving the … Continue reading “The Foundation and the Flywheel (Or, the two things that lead to more profit, impact, and joy in your business)”

Founders Forum: 6 key takeaways for business owners

This week I attended the 2nd annual Founders Forum hosted by Planet Hatch in Fredericton. It was so great to be back at an in-person conference (yes, with all public health protocols in place) for the first time in what seems like forever. Founders Forum bills itself as “the place for no BS conversations amongst … Continue reading “Founders Forum: 6 key takeaways for business owners”

Why the Be-Do-Have mindset is so critical for business owners

There is a concept I have learned from some mentors over the years called the “Be-Do-Have” mindset.  All business owners should keep this concept in mind as they strive to create profit, impact, and joy in their business. In the last article I argued that each of profit, impact, and joy affects the other, and that … Continue reading “Why the Be-Do-Have mindset is so critical for business owners”

What comes first in your business – profit, impact, or joy?

In the last article I wrote about the three most important measures of business success: profit, impact, and joy.  Which of the three comes first? If you can only tackle one at a time, where should you start? The answer? It depends. (Did you know I practiced law for 10 years? Some habits die hard.) It … Continue reading “What comes first in your business – profit, impact, or joy?”