August 6, 2014 Uncategorized

Everyone should have a number →

Everyone in your organization should have at least one number. One of the components of “The Entrepreneurial Operating System”, based on the book “Traction” by Gino Wickman, is that every person in an organization should have at least one goal they are expected to hit. That goal should not be vague or conceptual…it should be Read more »

February 13, 2014 Uncategorized

A journey of a thousand miles DOES NOT begin with a single step! →

We’ve all heard Lao-tzu’s saying that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” so many times, we accept is as truth.  We’ve accepted it as truth for over 2500 years!  But I think it is wrong.  The journey actually begins before the first step.  It begins with the commitment to make the Read more »

October 28, 2013 Uncategorized

Will the people who got you here get you there? →

Employees are the lifeblood of a company. If they struggle, your company struggles. If they soar, your company soars. If your company is growing rapidly it is probably due to some key employees, but some of the other employees may be drowning and if you don’t watch out, they could very well take the company Read more »

February 22, 2013 Blog

Never Take Yes For An Answer! →

At a conference a few years ago I met a landscaper.  He wasn’t just any landscaper – he ran one of the largest landscaping companies in the country servicing resorts, casinos, corporate headquarters, and very high-end residences.  Originally, he started out as a local landscaper focused mainly on residential clients and felt he was providing Read more »

February 22, 2013 Blog

CAUTION: Do Not Poke The Giant! →

On June 1, 2011, both Floyd’s Coffee Shops in Portland, Oregon were busier than usual. The regulars were elbowed out of the way by new customers visiting the store for the first time to redeem their coupon and get $10 worth of coffee for $3. This tempting offer was made because Floyd’s had been picked Read more »

January 26, 2013 Blog

Where Do You Spend Your Time? →

The success of your business has a lot to do with where you spend your time. Most small and mid-sized business owners spend most of their time in the present – dealing with employee, customer, operational, or administrative issues. The more time you spend living in the present, the less time you spend living in Read more »

January 26, 2013 Blog

Does Your Business Have Curb Appeal? →

Let’s say you’re in the market for buying a house and you go to view one that looks appealing in the ad. How does it look on the inside? The outside? What about the location? What is your general impression? Like your house, your business projects an image to potential buyers. When they come to Read more »

January 31, 2012 Testimonials

TAB Testimonials →

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Rusty Smith, Houston Business JournalNovember 10, 2011 News Articles

Build superstar team, send failures and disrupters to competition →

I’ve heard it said that if a major corporation makes a bad hire every once in a while, it’s no big deal, but if a smaller company makes a bad hire, it can create chaos, affect the productivity of the whole company, damage the culture and potentially result in lost customers or lost sales.

What do I mean by bad hires, and how do we avoid them? As a business owner, it makes sense that you want to hire the best and brightest talent available, but we often settle for employees that aren’t quite the best and brightest. Or maybe they have stellar credentials, but it turns out they aren’t a good fit with the rest of our team. Read more »

Startup AmericaNovember 10, 2011 News Articles

The Alternative Board Selected for Prestigious Partnership with Startup America →

Westminster, Colo, Sept. 19, 2011– The Alternative Board® (TAB), an exclusive membership-based organization that provides advisory boards and coaching services to business owners, announced today that the company has been selected as one of four partners for Startup America’s Mentorship program. Read more »