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)”

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”

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”

The missing structure between strategy and operations

I write often about the four parts of any business, which I call the 4Ps: purpose, planning, people, and processes.  Purpose + planning = the strategy of your business, that is, what you’re setting out to do and how you’re going to do it. People + process = the operations of your business, that is, … Continue reading “The missing structure between strategy and operations”

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”

Creating the roadmap for your business (simplified)

Once you have clarified the Purpose (vision, mission, values) of your business, the next step is figuring out the concrete actions that need to be taken to move you toward your vision by carrying out your mission in a manner consistent with your values.  Right now you are at point A. Your vision is point … Continue reading “Creating the roadmap for your business (simplified)”