Helpful reading for Small Business Owners
July 3, 2019
Have your employees involved in the documentation and continuous improvement of systems. This empowers individuals to positively contribute to your company's success.
November 27, 2018
The list of best business books to read continues to grow. However, one book stands above all the others called The E-Myth Revisited, Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber. In this powerful account of Sarah the owner of a pie baking shop journey to personal freedom and wealth you will learn the basic business principles of working "ON" your business, not just "IN" it by thinking through the lens of systems. This is my story of a seven year journey doing just that by Beverlee Rasmussen.
March 27, 2018
Business owners today primarily think about marketing as making a brochure, advertising on Social media or building a new website.…
September 19, 2017
Entrepreneurs building and running companies remind me of machines. They are powerful, strong and always on. That is until their batteries run out or they break down. They go 24/7 for months, years even decades working harder than anyone I know that has a "job".
July 4, 2017
Listening is a powerful leadership tool that will both give you the information you need to make great decisions and provide you with the information you need to strengthen your relationships with your customers, your team and yourself.
February 28, 2017
Running a business without and an accurate financial tracking system is equal to riding your bicycle down a busy road with your eyes closed. Gone are the days when you could get away with throwing everything in a shoebox and dropping it off the night before your tax returns are due.
January 23, 2017
An overly-systematized company with no employee connection is just a bunch of lifeless paperwork. Having systems in place to run the business is crucial – but not at the expense of of a thriving culture that creates impact and meaning.
December 27, 2016
The changes in the park's environment remind me of the changes that took place in an organization I have been working with. In this case, the leader, who for sure can be described as a "Wolf," stepped away from his post as leader a few years ago. He was distracted by the good life, a loss of physical energy and the notion that maybe his kids could run the company.
December 21, 2016
In order for your business to be successful, by most definitions, you will probably find you need to document 25-50 core systems. A documented system takes many forms. It can be handwritten, a word document, excel template, audio or video recording, a checklist, or even a series of photo cards - as long as someone other than you can view it, and use it and without input from you, follow steps to get the result you want.
December 16, 2016
Anyone in your own community who comes into contact with scores of people each day needs to know you and understand exactly what you do and who you do it for. This is not a one-shot sales pitch where you drone on and on about yourself. You're looking for areas of overlap and a relationship-building conversation.