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Daring to Fail

Does curiosity really kill the cat? Yes, curiosity can get one into trouble if one has a proclivity to attend to other people’s business. The proverbial expression ‘curiosity killed the cat’, is usually used when attempting to stop someone asking unwanted questions. But, this advice…

Monitoring Your Business Progress

“Mind the gap” is a warning phrase, first introduced in 1969 on the London Underground trains.  It is issued to passengers to take caution while crossing the gap between the subway train door and the station platform. The phrase “Mind the gap” is used as…

Understanding Changing Consumer Expectations

Can you imagine finding your next car on Facebook? If you can’t, it might come as a surprise that nearly one quarter of current car buyers use Facebook to conduct research before buying. This is just one example of how consumers are changing the way…

Business Growth Advice: What We Learned from Growing Tomatoes

Being Italian, there is nothing to like more than good, delicious, Italian spaghetti sauce made with fresh tomatoes. So, one day my wife and I decided to plant some tomatoes in a home garden especially designed for them. Friends had told us how easy it…

Putting People in the Right Jobs

When our clients are looking to hire employees for their expanding businesses, we often hear the same concern. “I’m scared I might make a mistake and hire the wrong person.” or “I’m scared things might not work out.” We agree—this can be scary for any…

Five Ways We Measure Your Business Success

We  are often asked to review an existing company’s basic operations and services to see what improvements we might suggest to boost sales and generate higher profits.  We also look at the workplace culture to suggest ways to improve the work environment.  We developed this…

A Strategy to Boost Your Employee Training Results

As business leaders, we know the value of employee training programs.  But, have you ever considered why some of these training programs are more successful than others?  Yes, some programs may have more interesting content, or may have more engaging activities, but there is another…

The Art of Journaling

Journal writing has many purposes.  Some people enjoy keeping a diary to document daily events, a recent vacation or maybe even the process of learning a new skill.  Journaling can be a significant aid in making changes in one’s life.  There is a benefit in…

Effective Time Management: Avoiding the Tyranny of the Urgent

For better time management, we suggest using a tool from Stephen Covey.  He was an American educator, author and business consultant, most notably known for his time management strategies.   His Time Management Matrix focuses on two key dimensions:  1) urgency and (2) importance of…

Creating Effective Business Strategy

An effective business strategy is an action plan that coordinates the efforts of your well-crafted business model.  Your business model answers the question, “How does your business plan to make money?”  The answer—which formulates the business model—is a combination of (1) revenue sources, (2) customer…

Boosting Employee Engagement for Positive Results

The challenge before companies in today’s business climate is boosting employee engagement.  Leaders must determine ways to develop an organizational culture that is positively energized. In other words, getting employees engaged to successfully move the organization forward. To accomplish this goal takes steadfast leadership with…

Including Emotional Support at Work

Building a business is hard work. Sustaining the organization over time is even more difficult. For leaders on all levels of the corporate ladder, designing a workable business plan, and implementing corresponding strategies can become an overwhelming challenge.  There will be long days and sleepless…

Ten Tips for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

As a women entrepreneur, I have had experience in building businesses from the bottom up. It is hard work, and there are times when an entrepreneur experiences rough patches, but with perseverance, thoughtful planning and self-belief, the results can be very rewarding. Here are tips…

A Professional Development Plan is Essential for Business Leaders

There are some very good reasons why leaders create personal professional development plans for themselves and for their staff. In our current business climate, maintaining a creative edge is essential to stay competitive. As the business world evolves, so should you. The future is uncertain…

Staying Motivated: Follow These 4 Steps

Motivation isn’t magic. There is no wand that can be waved, but I have crafted a solution. Actually it’s a four step solution. Four steps, that when followed, can help you maintain a positive attitude and move closer to reaching your finish line. Step One:…

Feel for Success

As a small business owner, you need to be passionate about what you are doing. Passion will be the driving force that keeps entrepreneurs moving forward. This article By, Dr. Gene Gatty, was published in Butler County Business Matters Magazine, June 2016.

Building a Workplace Culture Where Success is a Way of Life: Advice from Beretta

In today’s business world, the workplace culture can make or break the organization. People working together develop a shared set of beliefs and values. This perspective becomes the lens through which they view their workplace world. After years of working as a business consultant and…

The Challenging Side of Entrepreneurship

Starting a new business is hard, even if you bring a healthy amount of experience to the table. The challenging side of entrepreneurship is often overlooked, because the opportunities for being your own boss and blazing your own trail seem so inspiring. Yet, no matter…

Documenting Business Operating Procedures

Writing your business procedures is probably the least glamourous part of the business, but it may be one of the most essential. Having a written document that outlines, step-by-step, how you do stuff can save your business time, money, and add value to your bottom…

How to Develop a Business Strategic Plan

Building a business strategic plan does not need to be complicated, but there are fundamental decisions that must be made. Strategy requires making clear trade-offs, deciding what the organization will pursue as goals and what it will not pursue. Trade-offs include everything from deciding in…