Category Archives for "strategy"

How to Stop Fitting In, and Start Winning More

I think we should all stop trying to fit in and be more true to ourselves. But don’t mistake being yourself and being unique with permission to be obnoxious. That would be missing the point. We can embrace our uniqueness while also being fully responsible for the impact we have on others. Here’s how…

2 Easy Ways To Blow Away Your Competition This Year

I was growing a company at more than 30% for multiple years. Eventually I started to mess up because I hadn’t followed 2 simple rules. I knew better but I procrastinated. In the end, that procrastination cost me more than a couple million dollars. It was a painful but valuable lesson. To blow away competitors, you’ll want to take these two easy steps now…

Personal Strategic Planning

At the end of the year, we turn inward and consider New Year’s Resolutions. This reflection can be powerful, but let’s face it, it is often superficial. Life isn’t about losing another 10 pounds, running a marathon, or finally learning how to play the guitar. While those things might bring you a measure of satisfaction, they are not life altering.

Paint a Big Vision and Execute It

Brian Scudamore and I discuss the process of how he comes up with big vision ideas and how he’s able to get his team to execute them. Brian Scudamore is the Founder and CEO of 1-800-Got-Junk? and has been running the company since 1989.

Everything Going According to Plan?

“Everyone Has a Plan, Until They Get Punched in the Face.” Mike Tyson’s brilliant observation may be his greatest contribution to the world. Every year, and at the start of every major initiative, we make plans. Whether you next get punched in the face, or simply fail to land your own blows, you’ve got to come up with a new plan. Or, you’d better get used to the same old results.

Time for Course Correction

No matter how spot on your plans were at the start of the year, you are certainly off-course right now. Mid-year is a time for a course correction—and the best-run companies do it quarterly. If you haven’t done it yet, I’ll share a how to run a great mid year planning session.

Why Your Plan Might Be Obsolete

Somewhere, right now, your competition is getting ready to launch a new product. All our best plans are immediately out of date. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to your goals, it’s your “how” that has to evolve.

The Business of Spring

If you plant, water, and fertilize your garden, it will grow. We know the same discipline should be applied to our businesses but it’s deferred and neglected all too often. Things that are cared for and tended to, will grow and flourish. Things that are neglected, will whither and waste. It’s a pretty simple concept but hard to find time for against the daily demands of business.