Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself You met payroll for your staff. You made all the deadlines on your accounts payable. You have enough inventory (but not too much). You made much-needed upgrades to your computer system. That’s wonderful. Now what about you? Did you pay yourself?...
Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Business Solutions

Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Business Solutions

Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Business Solutions No two businesses are exactly alike. Whether your points of differentiation center on brand personality, geography, pricing structure, size, or the fact that you bring fresh cookies to every meeting, you do something that...
Trust, but Verify

Trust, but Verify

Trust, but Verify We’ve written before about how small businesses are disproportionately vulnerable to fraud. It’s hard for a lot of business owners to believe. After all, the very nature of a small business means that you’re surrounded with a limited number of people...
Ask Why

Ask Why

Ask Why Do you spend so much time finding out what is happening that you neglect to find out why? Ask Why To Stay On Top Of The Big Stuff As a business owner, it’s your job to stay on top of the big stuff. After all, business owners are often big-picture visionaries....
Encourage Candor

Encourage Candor

Encourage Candor Can your employees be completely honest with you? Most business owners assume the answer is a resounding yes. But are you sure? Unless you’ve actively cultivated an environment of full transparency and candor around your office, the real answer is...
The Midwest Mindset

The Midwest Mindset

The Midwest Mindset For everyone who thinks the Midwest is simply a cluster of flyover states, take note: the Midwest mindset could be the secret to better business performance. What is the Midwest mindset? According to a recent feature in Entrepreneur, the  Midwest...