Resources for Business Owners
Information and Solutions by Productive Flourishing
Entrepreneur. Small business owner. Founder. Thought leader. Whatever label you choose, your task is much like building furniture from IKEA. You have a pile of boards, screws, 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 & Small Business Management
- Understanding Founder’s Mojo
- Five Ways Founders Stifle Business Growth
- How to Build the Delegation Habit
- 7 Ways to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team
- Good Strategy and Leadership Help You Sleep At Night
- Are You Articulating Your Intuitive Synthesis to Your Team?
- See More on Leadership
- 3 Questions to Ask Before You Hit Reset on Your Business
- The 3 Goals of Any Business Activity
- The Four Key Dimensions of Business
- The 3P’s of Pricing: Perception (Part 1)
- Two Dimensions of Business Focus
- A Leader’s Job is To Ensure That Their Team Gets Results
- Why You Can't Put Performance Management on the Back Burner
- See More on Productivity
Productivity and Creativity
Products from Productive Flourishing
Start Finishing Your Projects
Start Finishing Your Projects is a course where you will learn the tools you need to finish the projects that matter to you. If you’re ready to stop thinking about ideas and start finishing them, this is the course for you.
The Small Business Life Cycle
This best-selling book is like What to Expect When You're Expecting for founders and small business owners. It outlines the five stages of business and will show you where to focus your resources so you can grow your business strategically. Many people finish it in an afternoon and return to it to stay on track. Available in print and digital formats.
The Guided Business Review
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. Includes your printable AND fillable PDF workbook, audio program, worksheet, and email prompts to keep you on track.
Services by Productive Flourishing
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.)
See What Other Entreprenuers Think About Productive Flourishing
"Charlie has a wicked genius at catching people exactly where they are – sometimes when they don’t want him to catch them there – and coaxing them into stepping into their fullest potential and then co-creating a doable, understandable roadmap for growth. If you get a chance to work with Charlie, whether in a group or one-on-one, jump at it while you can." – Jonathan Fields
"Before I started working with Charlie, I had a vision of a focused business that could make a difference and actually help people. Unfortunately, I did not know how to get there. Charlie helped me assess my business and clearly define the path to get to my vision. With Charlie’s expertise and tools, I not only achieved my goal, but gained more time to spend with family and give back to my community. We set a financial goal to double my business revenues by the end of the year. Instead of doubling, my revenues actually multiplied five times!" – Chris O’Byrne
"I had been building my business on the side for a couple of years and was ready to go full time. I hired Charlie as a personal coach the day I quit my job. He helped me build out a strategic plan for my first year as a full time entrepreneur and it worked out very well. Even better than knowing what to do, Charlie helped me decide what not to do. By asking my insightful questions about what I wanted my business to do, I avoided so much wasted effort. We hit six-figure growth in the first year out of my job because of Charlie’s help." – Cory Huff
"If you’ve ever read Charlie’s body of work, it’s obvious that he comes with a wealth of experience, tools, and frameworks that helps people focus on what matters, but it’s his warmth, passion, service ethic, and ability to compassionately challenge our participants that really makes all of difference. I don’t just recommend Charlie to other people – when I need someone to help me navigate my own business’s growth, he’s one of the first people I call." – Pam Slim