Here’s a great way to measure your level of joy

In my last article I shared the first nugget of wisdom I took away from Tim Ferriss’ recent podcast episode with Good to Great author Jim Collins: Put Butter on Your Waffles. The second nugget I took away from that interview is Collins’ method of measuring the quality of his days. For years, Collins has … Continue reading “Here’s a great way to measure your level of joy”

Give some PDA to your IPOs (it’s not what you think!)

Disclaimer: If you’re looking for an article about public displays of affection for initial public offerings you’ve come to the wrong place! This article is about one of the great irritants of the business world: issues, problems, and opportunities (IPOs) that go unresolved for weeks, months, and years.  We’ve all experienced it. Talking about the … Continue reading “Give some PDA to your IPOs (it’s not what you think!)”

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)”

Lessons from The Lean Startup

I recently finished reading Eric Ries’ book The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Although I am a little late to the game on this book (it was first published in 2011) and the title is almost as long as the title of the book I wrote years … Continue reading “Lessons from The Lean Startup”

Here’s a great, simple tool for hiring and evaluating your people

In this article I’ll share a great tool that helps simplify the process of hiring the right people for the right seats in your business, and of evaluating them consistently to make sure they continue to be the right people in the right seats. I have helped several businesses improve their HR function over the … Continue reading “Here’s a great, simple tool for hiring and evaluating your people”

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”

Here’s a sample process for the HR function of your business

In the last article, I talked about the need for and benefit of creating a high-level process for each of the core functions of your business. Here is an example of what a high-level process might look like for the HR function of your business. Feel free to adapt and modify it for your needs. … Continue reading “Here’s a sample process for the HR function of your business”

How to create a <30-page operating manual for your business

Processes are the means by which your People will achieve your Planning goals so that the business carries out its Purpose.  Your business has lots of processes. Your people are going about doing what they do every day according to some sort of process. The problem in most businesses is that most of its processes … Continue reading “How to create a <30-page operating manual for your business"

How to create a culture of accountability in your business

Many a business spends a ton of time, energy, and money on creating strategic plans that no one in the business can even put their hands on six months after they were created. All of the Rah! Rah! that resulted from the strategic planning retreat has long since fizzled just a few months down the … Continue reading “How to create a culture of accountability in your business”