Company Culture FAQs Part 1 of 5

What’s the purpose of reviewing your company culture?

Does social media impact a company’s culture?

I answer these questions—and much more—in my Live Facebook Video. Check out the recorded video here, or read the transcript below (including bonus content!)

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What to Do When You Realize Your Customer Is Not a Good Fit

Customer service is a critical part of growing a healthy business. Every successful business owner creates an environment that attracts and serves the needs of Ideal Customers, regardless of her or his personal preferences.

But what happens when a customer is not a great fit for your business? What should you do?

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What’s the Difference Between Brick-and-Mortar, Franchise, Direct Sales, and MLM?

Business opportunities seem to be popping up out of nowhere these days.

If you are a company owner, you may be wondering whether to tweak your business model to keep pace with the newest social network and marketing methods.

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, you may be tempted to jump into the glittering promises of Network Marketing companies that showcase the opportunity to…

“Be your own boss!”

“Ditch the 9-to-5!”

“Generate passive income with no start-up costs!”

Since there is so much confusion about these terms, and the structure behind them, I decided to share my definitions for common business terms.

In this post, you’ll find a cross-section of 10 popular business models, along with my opinion about what is actually happening behind the scenes.

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Understanding the Culture of a Company, Part 2: Deeper Culture

Some aspects of a company are easy to see from the outside. These “surface” elements include things like the logo, building, language, and communication style.

But there is also a foundational layer that are an extension of the owner’s beliefs and values.

Let’s explore the mysteries that lie under the surface of a company… the Deeper Culture.

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Is Your Strategic Plan in SHAPE?

As much as we try, there are some things that come naturally and some things that don’t.

One of those “love-it-or-hate-it” activities is business planning, also known as strategic planning. The whole point of doing this is to define your organization’s:

  • overall direction (Strategy),
  • which goals you want to achieve (Objectives),
  • using which actions and resources (Tactics), and
  • how you’ll know it was successful (Measures).

I abbreviate Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, and Measures with the acronym VMVOM.

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Why Unconscious Aggression is So Hard to See as a Leader

Can we be aggressive toward someone and not even know it?

I think we can.

Aggression is behavior that is hostile, forceful, or destructive. It comes from the Latin ad- (“to”) and the word gradi (“to step toward something or approach; to attack”).

It is an outward expression of inward anger that can cause incredible harm to others, even if we don’t realize it at first. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what aggression looks like, especially if you’re very comfortable with a highly competitive atmosphere.

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Understanding the Culture of a Company, Part 1: Surface Culture

A company’s culture goes far beyond what we see on the outside. In this article, I’ll be examining what culture is, how it matters in achieving goals, and which aspects we can see on the “surface.”

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The Ultimate Strategic Planning Framework Tool: A Detailed Review

Your strategic plan doesn’t belong in a cabinet like a set of fine china. In my last post, I talked about the many benefits of using a Strategic Planning Framework:

  • a clear vision for the future
  • foresee vulnerabilities and dangers
  • identify areas of healthy growth
  • effectively get control of your company

This simple tool answers 3 important questions:

  1. Why are we doing this?
  2. What is required?
  3. How will we do it?

Within these questions are a variety of areas that should be included in your strategic planning process. Let’s look at each of them in more detail.

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The Ultimate Strategic Planning Framework Tool: Introduction

My great-grandmother, like most women in the early 1900s, had two sets of dishes. One was a plain set for everyday family meals, and the other was a very fancy set that she only brought out on special occasions. Each plate, cup, and saucer was decorated with a design of delicate pink roses, curled ivy, and a beautiful gold inlay that encircled the scalloped edges.

She left the set to my grandmother, who then passed it on to my mother, who quickly discovered that fine china with gold detail is no match for the power of a modern dishwasher. The inconvenience of hand-washing every single item (and the risk of chipping or breaking the dishes) was too great. So those heirloom dinner dishes were hidden away in a china cabinet and only emerged on rare occasions.

As a strategic risk expert, I believe many leaders treat their strategic plan like a set of fine china. They know their plan is important; they invest time and money to create it. The final plan is detailed, logical, and beautiful.

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5 Painful Discussions That No Organization Should Ignore

This is the final in a 3-part series about Pain and Decision-Making.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

In previous posts, I described ways to see pain objectively, and how to identify pain points, and ways to fix them. In this article, we’ll be examining some difficult topics that most leaders tend to avoid.

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