What do you need to STOP doing to create more time in your week?

When I work with my business owner clients to implement the Whole PIE Business Management System, so that they can create more profit, impact, and enjoyment in their business, one of the first things I ask them to do is create their Stop Doing List. Most business owners and leaders tend to operate on the … Continue reading “What do you need to STOP doing to create more time in your week?”

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)”

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?”

Measure what matters

Measure What Matters is a great business book by venture capitalist John Doerr. It is about how the disciplined use of objectives and key results (OKRs) has helped companies like Google and Intel excel. (Thank you, SF, for giving me the book!) Doerr brought the OKR concept to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin … Continue reading “Measure what matters”

Boring business principles – needed now more than ever?

I had lunch last week with a couple of local business owners. An actual in-person lunch at a restaurant. It almost seemed like life was back to normal. Until the server greeted us with a mask on, a reminder that normal it is not. Still, it was nice to finally have a zoom-less conversation over … Continue reading “Boring business principles – needed now more than ever?”

How to choose the right KPIs for your business

Every business needs key performance indicators (KPIs) so that it can measure whether or not it is on track to achieve its goals and, ultimately, its vision for the business. The key to KPIs, obviously, is picking the right ones. How do you do that? Easy – look to your goals.  In a prior article … Continue reading “How to choose the right KPIs for your business”

Apply change management to 6x your chances of project success

I recently became a certified change practitioner through Prosci. While I have been doing change management for years, I (stupidly) didn’t complete the formal training until a couple of weeks ago and wow, was that a mistake. Several times when I was going through the training I thought, I sure wish I had known this … Continue reading “Apply change management to 6x your chances of project success”