“If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” How often have we heard this, said this, and truly believed this? The fact is, it’s simply not true. Think back on the first quarter of 2023. How many times did you finish a work week thinking only of unaccomplished tasks that needed […]
4 Tips to Negotiate Your Commitments and Get Your Time Back
Negotiating skills often come naturally to business owners. For sales-savvy individuals, securing a seat on a board or signing up for a leadership position isn’t necessarily the problem. However, getting out of these commitments is. These responsibilities come at a cost. Professional and personal obligations quickly add up and can start to drain your time, […]
5 Keys to Becoming an Effective Leader
Becoming an effective leader could deliver the highest ROI of any investment in your success. Here are 5 keys to effective leadership.
Turning Failure to Your Advantage
Failure can be a powerful teacher—if you process it carefully and wring all the juice out of it. Here are 5 steps for turning failure to your advantage.
Why Every Small Business Needs a Strategic Plan (and How to Create One)
Strategic planning is essential for your company’s success, especially in a highly volatile economy. Here’s why and how to get started.
The Least Expensive, Most Valuable Way to Invest in Your Team
When an employee is underperforming and hurting the team, good leaders should begin by asking these 4 questions.
The Undervalued Zone of the Freedom Compass
Some tasks you don’t enjoy or do well. But that can change with 4 strategies for developing your passion and proficiency for any kind of work.
Making the Most of a Small Team
Expanding your team isn’t the only option to scale your business. Here are 4 tactics for growing your business without growing your team.
6 Ingredients That Help You Plan for the Coming Year
Too often, business owners launch into the new year without a clear plan. Here are 6 ingredients for making an effective strategic plan.
Calendar Jailbreak: 4 Strategies to Spend Less Time in Meetings
When you feel held captive by your calendar, it’s time to reevaluate. You can make your calendar work for you by adopting these 4 strategies.
4 Signs It’s Time to Fire a Client
Sometimes clients aren’t a good fit for your business. If you notice these 4 signs, it’s probably time to let a client go.
4 Reasons Company Culture Is Essential
Culture is a growth strategy, but it’s among the most underutilized. Here are 4 reasons it’s essential to intentionally develop culture.
The Recipe for a Thriving Company Culture
Creating a thriving company culture requires intention. It doesn’t just happen. Here are the four ingredients for creating one.
8 Value Accelerators to Maximize Your Company’s Market Value
Building your business’s market value benefits you, your employees, and your clients, even if you don’t plan on selling. Here’s how.
5 Reasons You Need a Business Coach
In early 2002, I was the general manager of Nelson Books, one of Thomas Nelson Publishers’ fourteen divisions. In eighteen months, we had gone from number 14—dead last—to number one in terms of revenue growth and profit margin. I felt great. I was proud of myself and my team for the results we’d achieved. That […]
How to Weigh the Benefits of In-Person and Remote Work
Many companies are struggling with the question of in-person vs. remote work. Here are the benefits of both, and a third way to consider.
How to Grow Your Business with 20% of the Work
Leaders should only be in the first and last 10% of any project. Here’s how to take back the middle 80%, so you can focus on high-leverage work.
How to Grow Your Company Without Your Constant Involvement
It really is possible for business owners to build a self-scaling company without their constant involvement. Here’s how.
Leveraging the Planner as a Business Tool
The Full Focus Planner is a tool that brings transformation. Here’s how business owners can leverage it to make progress toward their vision.
The Key to Diagnosing and Solving Your Business Problems
Most leaders are born problem solvers. But if we’re not careful, we misdiagnose most problems. Here are 3 elements that help you solve any business issue.
Get the Feedback You Need to Scale
The only way you can grow is to know what’s not working so you can fix it. To solicit the feedback you need, have intentional candor meetings. Here’s how to do that in 5 steps.
4 Reasons Delegation Fails and How to Fix It in Your Business
If you want truly great results as a leader, you have to become a master delegator. Here are 4 struggle points and how to turn them around.
How to Sync Up Your Team for Success
Alignment doesn’t just happen. Leaders create it. Sync up your team for success with these 3 components of effective alignment.
20 Things I Learned from My Bosses (Even the Bad Ones)
You usually don’t get to choose your boss, but you can learn from them. Here are 20 things I have learned from my bosses over the years.