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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading