Entrepreneur. Small business owner. Founder. Thought leader. Whatever label you choose, your task is much like building some furniture from IKEA. You have a pile of boards, screws, some random parts with names you can’t pronounce, and a very incomplete instruction manual with a picture of a guy smiling when you know damn well he should be as frustrated as you are now or were two hours ago before you solved some problem that had been vexing you.
What we provide here are the missing tools, instructions, and accurate pictures of what it takes to turn your idea into something that serves you and others. By serving you, yes, I mean that it serves you financially, but we can do more with business than make money. We can build businesses that truly create value rather than harvest value.
This isn’t just theory. I’ve been in the trenches with entrepreneurs and small business owners for nearly a decade and have worked in just about every industry. My background as an Army logistic officer gives me uncommon strategic, logistical, and organizational insight, and I’m a Creative Giant just like you. My work is featured in places like Inc., TIME, Forbes, Copyblogger, BNET, and the Washington Post and I’ve written a best-selling book that’s the What to Expect When You’re Expecting for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Below you’ll find some of the articles, resources, and tools we’ve shared that’ll help you put together whatever you’re building. Some assembly required.
Leadership and Small Business Management
Understanding Founder’s Mojo
To understand how small businesses grow, you have to understand the role that founder’s mojo plays.
Five Ways Founders Stifle Business Growth
Are you stifling the growth of your own business? Here are the five main ways founders stifle business growth in their own companies.
How to Build the Delegation Habit
To be an effective leader, manager, or entrepreneur, you have to learn to delegate well. This post will get you started.
7 Ways to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team
Dunkirk Spirit is the channeling of heroic, tenacious energy to achieve a goal despite poor planning and decision-making. Once in awhile, it’s useful, but if it shows up too often, it can burn out your team.
Good Strategy and Leadership Help You Sleep At Night
Either use good strategy and leadership to work on what matters during the day, or have what’s not being worked on keep you up at night.
3 Questions to Ask Before You Hit Reset on Your Business
Here are three basic questions to help you intelligently reset your business.
The 3 Goals of Any Business Activity
With these three goals of business activities, you can make intelligent choices about how to grow your business.
The Four Key Dimensions of Business
There are four key dimensions of business: strategy, operations, finances, and marketing. This piece discusses each one.
The 3P’s of Pricing: Perception (Part 1)
There are 3Ps of Pricing – perception, placebo, and positioning. In this post, I’ll talk about Perception. Read on if you’d like to learn how to walk through pricing your products.
Two Dimensions of Business Focus
There are two dimensions of business focus: niche and solution set. This post shows how they relate and where you should start.
Productivity and Creativity
Effectiveness Is All About Managing Your Time, Energy, and Attention
Avoid thinking solely about time management and think about effectiveness. That means managing your time, energy, and attention.
The Key to Consistent Creativity and Productivity
The key to consistent creativity and productivity lies in identifying your engagement threshold.
How to Limit the Busyness in Your Business
Want to know how to limit the busyness in your business? Well, that’s precisely what Marissa and I talk about in this recorded call.
Use the Two-Hour Rule to Make Progress on Your Creative Projects
Two hours is the sweet spot for productivity. When you use the two-hour rule to chunk your projects down into doable parts, progress flows more smoothly.
Why Working From Your Email Inbox Doesn’t Work
Using your inbox as a To-Do list will only make you fall further behind, feel overwhelmed, and lose sight of priorities. Here are two simple alternatives for better email management.
Ebooks, Webinars, and Resources Available in the Library
Small Business and Productivity
Chris Brogan and I riff about small business productivity, marketing, how small businesses grow, and how to get your business and products in front of the people who need them.
Beyond Perfection: Prolific Prototyping
Perfectionism grips so many people and keeps them from doing their best work. Jeffrey Davis and I discuss why rapid prototyping is the best antidote to perfectionist paralysis.
How Business Strategy and the Creative Process Work Together
How do strategy, creativity, and philosophy fit together? What does an author need to do to be successful? Joanna Penn interviews me on these questions and more.
The Small Business Life Cycle is a book that explains how small businesses typically grow. What stage of business are you in and what do you need to do to grow?
The Guided Business Review helps you assess what’s working in your business and what’s not. No MBA necessary — just an open mind and an hour of your time.
During Focus Sessions, we focus on specific topics or issues like product development, pricing, team building, hiring, and strategic planning. I do not sell one-off sessions for new clients because they do not serve you well and I don’t enjoy doing them.
The Momentum Intensive program is for you if you’re ready to dig in and get some serious momentum in your business. I’ll work one-on-one with you for six months on your highest-value opportunities and high-priority challenges. We break through plateaus, solve long-term problems, and typically set the stage to 3x your business. (Why not 10x? Because that type of growth is a good sell but not sustainable for most people.)