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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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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