Grow

Business advisors, consultants and coaches are increasingly common.  Since the 1970s, published references to those terms have leaped, as this graph shows: Why ?  Here are three reasons: Stagflation & Reform: In the 1970s, developed economies suffered from a combination of high inflation, higher unemployment and low growth.  Consultants offering potential solutions to business and…

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Balance

Before I quit “corporate life”, I was typically working 70+ hours a week, so it’s no surprise that my work and personal life became unbalanced. It wasn’t something that happened overnight.  It was a bit like a splinter in my heel that I had ignored. I found ways to limp my way through my final…

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Health Check

Going to the doctor is one of those things that people tend to avoid. When we’re healthy, we don’t want to make the trip for our yearly check-up, and when we’re not feeling well, we tend to think whatever is bothering us will simply pass. From the outside, we know that these are not the…

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Working From Home

The month of March saw LinkedIn populated with photos of zoom meetings, home office arrangements, and Tom Hanks in Castaway, as the vast majority of the population settled into working from home through the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  A lot of people seemed to be enjoying at least some aspects of this phase. As one of…

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Big Data

In my last two posts I’ve been discussing the importance of market research and product innovation for all businesses, not just large corporations, and mentioned how valuable solid customer and competitor data is for both.  Normally at this point someone asks: “so what about “Big Data”, do I really have to worry about that ?”,…

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Product Innovation

Whether you are starting out, or growing an existing business, all business owners and leaders need to invest in creating, growing and renewing the value that they provide to their customers through their products.   Now that might seem obvious for “start ups”, or businesses that have fallen on hard times, but not so for…

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Strategic Planning

In my previous posts in this series I explored how small to medium sized businesses can capture their Vision and Mission through a practical Purpose Statement, and then how they should give early attention to defining their business Values so that personal behaviours are engaged and aligned with that.  However, its not enough to have…

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Business Value

In my previous post in this series we explored the importance of defining your business’s Purpose as an early part of your strategic planning process – “why” your business exists and “what” it will do.  But that’s not enough – all businesses also need to have a “how” and “who”, which are closely linked to…

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Vision and Mission

One of the leadership habits that I commonly see is a tendency for small to medium sized business owners and leaders to leap into action – focusing on growing sales, establishing production and hiring staff – without spending enough time on business strategy.  There are a number of reasons why leaders do that, but one…

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