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How to Reset and Get Back to Work

What do you do when you just can’t seem to get started? If you are tired or experiencing brain fog, or if you received some shocking or unpleasant news, how do you put that aside and get to work?  I cannot get started today and I have tried all of my tricks – music, snacks, […]

Entrepreneurship Isn’t Just for Millenials. Generation X Dominates. 

According to this article on the average age of small business owners: Data from a recent study analyzing small business owners by age shows that Generation X remains the dominant group, representing 47% of owners. By the study’s definition, Generation X refers to people born aged 39 to 54 in 2024. This is to say […]

Gone Fishing – July 4th Holiday 2024

We are taking some time off to enjoy the U.S. Independence Day holiday, and a little summer fun. We’ll be back next Tuesday, July 9. We hope you’ll be taking time off to unplug and recharge. Enjoy your holiday!  Photo by Lucie Hošová on Unsplash

Does Running Your Own Business Give You Freedom and Flexibility? 

Having played in the small business / solo consultant space for 14 years, I’ve heard a lot about the freedom and flexibility small business ownership supposedly brings. “Supposedly” is the important part of that sentence. Post pandemic, many people are rethinking everything. I have had a few prospect calls recently where I found myself trying […]

Speed Isn’t Always the Answer

In the “hustle culture” and “startup grind” the bias is for action – fast, decisive action. And sometimes that can be a great way to make progress in your business.  But speed for speed’s sake can lead to errors, confusion, and rework.  Or, something even worse.  I was immediately drawn to the post below by […]

The Proper Role of AI for Thought Leadership Creation

AI definitely has a place for content creation, but where does it fit in for thought leadership creation? These are two different things. I loved this post, “AI for Thought Leadership: 5 Prompts That Get You Halfway There,” by my good friend, Andy Crestodina, Co-Founder and CMO of Orbit Media.  I like Andy’s even-handed evaluations […]

Constraints for Small Business Growth and Mid-Year Adjustments (Part 2) 

In Part 1, we talked about strategic planning, leadership, financial issues, marketing, and client retention as potential constraints on your small business’s growth. In this post, we’ll identify some other places where your small business might be getting stuck.  Failure to adjust to changing markets What got you here may not get you there, meaning […]

Constraints for Small Business Growth and Mid-Year Adjustments (Part 1) 

Are you looking at the calendar and wondering how half of the year has flown by? Maybe you’re considering how you are going to make up for a slow quarter? I think many small business owners are because, let’s be honest, it’s been a little crazy out there.  If you are looking to pump up […]

You Can’t Hotwire Networking 

I think we can all agree that having a strong professional network will benefit you and your business. Building your network may be something that gets you excited because you love meeting new people. Or, the thought of going to a business networking event may make you cringe because you are shy or introverted.  That […]

You Gave Them Your Best Advice and They Did Nothing 

The worst thing that can happen to you as a consultant (besides not getting paid) is to give a client your best advice – advice that you are confident could help them solve the problem they hired you to help with – and then the client does nothing with that advice.  The consultants I know […]