The Business Owners’ Title


The title you choose for the company website or business card tells others your level of authority, what part you play in delivering the company’s product, and your equity position. Choose a descriptive title that accurately conveys these ideas with language that is meaningful to your ideal client.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Collaborative Upside

The upside of collaborative relationships with partners and employees is the different perspectives that make results better. The downside is, that “WTF are you thinking?” moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Business Owner’s Graduation

As you grow from solopreneurship to a company functioning without your presence, your role as business owner will progress through three grades.   Read the rest of this entry »

Help Wanted

You’ve written a job description, identified specific desired characteristics and skills, and written a compelling ad.  Now turn a few more stones to find the fabulous new employee of your dreams.   Read the rest of this entry »

Year-Round Review

Reviewing employees’ performance once a year is like looking at your financial reports just before tax time – in both cases you miss the chance to influence a whole year’s interim impact.   Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not You, It’s Not Me

I love how Thomas Crum, author of The Magic of Conflict, defines conflict: “when what you want and what you have are two different things.”  Read the rest of this entry »

The Values Value Proposition

Behind every business is a bunch of humans, each with individual opinions, perspectives and values. Even solopreneurs don’t really work alone, what with their accountant, vendors, and clients. When your values aren’t aligned with those of whom you do business with, energy-sucking conflicts arise. Read the rest of this entry »

Labor Day

The labor movement created Labor Day in 1885 to honor American workers’ social and economic achievements.  You and your marketing/sales people talk all the time about the tangible and intangible impact of your company – it helps you close new business. But do your other employees know what you have achieved together?  Read the rest of this entry »

I’m Fired

That’s it — I’ve had it with myself. I complain constantly about bookkeeping and moola-record maintenance, yet continue to whine my way through each week without change. So, Dode: “You’re Fired.”  

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The Accordion Business Model

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If you’re a creative business prone to capacity gluts and free falls from project work, the Accordion Business Model could be music to your ears.  Read the rest of this entry »