small business owner

6 Jun 2013

12 Success Attributes for an Ideal Coaching Client

By |2017-06-07T21:12:45-06:00June 6th, 2013|Categories: Doug's Blog, Go-Giver Coach, Leadership, Mindset and Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ideal Coaching Client Success Attributes

Are you a business coach wanting to find better clients or working with a coach and want to get more from the deal?

I was thinking about what an ideal coaching client would look like. Then I realized that the attributes of the ideal coaching client are that exact same attributes for:

  • Personal Success
  • Career Success
  • Sales Success
  • Leadership Success
  • Business Success

Yes, coaches want to work with clients who REALLY want to win, take action and apply what […]

19 Jul 2011

Are You Working on the Business?

By |2017-05-24T13:03:07-06:00July 19th, 2011|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Man On Roof - Working on the Business

What does working on the business really mean?

As a business owner (or entrepreneur) you spend a lot of time working to build your business. You are:

  • Finding new customers,
  • Keeping existing customers happy,
  • Providing your product or service to customers,
  • Hiring good people,
  • Retaining your employees,
  • Keeping on top of the finances,
  • Putting out fires,
  • And generally growing your business.

And many business owners can generate a lot of revenue and even profit doing the above. They may even significantly grow their businesses.

So isn’t that […]

21 Feb 2010

Business Strategy: What Do You Really Want to Optimize?

By |2017-06-21T15:53:41-06:00February 21st, 2010|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Man in Office - Business Performance - Business Strategy

Before you spend resources on improving your business performance, it is best to know where you want to go. This means getting clear on your business strategy.

Improving Business Performance

There are two main ways of improving business performance:

  • Optimization – Making things better, best practices, incremental improvements,
  • Innovation – Doing different things, doing things differently, leaping past the competition.

It is easy to think there is a magic bullet for optimizing your business’s performance. […]

18 Sep 2009

Employee Share Ownership – Alignment of Goals

By |2017-07-26T21:26:37-06:00September 18th, 2009|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Dream Teams|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In my previous post on Strategy and Corporate Governance for Small Business, I talked about aligning Shareholder goals with the running of the company. This applies to employee share ownership as well.

When offering employees ownership you are making them shareholders.

Companies sometimes do this in an attempt to retain employees as the primary motive. However, there are issues:

  1. Shares in a privately held company are not the same as a cash bonus. They are a paper benefit until they can be sold.
  2. The goals of employee shareholders need to be in alignment with majority shareholders. If they are not then it might […]