Me, interviewed: it’s all about strategy!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my colleague and friend Nina Woodard, SPHR, GPHR, MBA, on the San Diego HR Insights Hour talk show in mid-December 2016. Topic: embracing change and planning for success in the upcoming year. (So yeah, it’s relevant no matter what the date is when you’re reading this!) It was a fun conversation – …

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Got strategy? (And why you need one)

When I talk about strategic planning with small business owners and sole proprietors – and even, frankly, with some medium-sized organizations’ leaders – I often see puzzled expressions on their faces. Isn’t “strategy” for big businesses, global corporations, large non-profits, the government, and the military? Well, yes. And it’s for you, too. Small business or non-profit, solopreneur, medium-sized business, and …

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What’s the most important thing in business?

Before you read further – what do you think the most important thing is in your business? Some might say it’s your product or service. After all, without something to sell, you’ve got no business at all. Others might say it’s the people – your employees. Or your mission, vision, and values. Or your organizational culture, and how you establish shared …

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Why ask why?

There’s an old saying:  when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Of course it’s obvious how ridiculous that is.  Anyone knows there are also screws as well as nails – and that screws don’t respond well to hammers, but work quite nicely with screwdrivers. But as obvious as it is when we look at hammers, …

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Three Strategic Threesomes: 3 you need, 3 you don’t, and 3 ways you struggle

I was talking with a friend and colleague – and sometimes client – this morning about strategy. He’s a Vistage chair here in San Diego.  (If you don’t know what Vistage is, you can check it out at http://www.vistage.com.)  We were talking about the difference between strategy and tactics, and why some people struggle with making day-to-day tactical decisions that align with …

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Strategy. It’s sexier than you think.

Strategy. After asking around a bit, I’m pretty much convinced that most people don’t really know what it is. I’m also pretty sure that a lot of small business owners and independents secretly believe it’s not necessary.  That it belongs in big corporate boardrooms and gets developed on expensive corporate retreats … and that it ultimately doesn’t amount to much but …

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Staving off New Year’s planning overwhelm

Show me a small business owner, and I’ll show you someone who’s been making plans, setting goals, and dreaming dreams. That’s what happens during this transition from one year to the next. Excitement runs high.  The struggles of the previous year are set aside.  The new year lies ahead like a field of fresh snow, trackless and pristine. And then …

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The right question … or the right answer?

No one wants to look dumb.  Everyone wants to have an answer.   Preferably, of course, the right answer – but at least an answer. I see it all the time.  People rushing wildly towards an answer. There’s a classic story of how NASA developed an extremely expensive pen that would allow astronauts to write in the zero gravity of space. The …

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Reality: your best business partner

We all come into our businesses – whatever background we may have had beforehand – with a host of assumptions and ideas and beliefs about what running a small business looks and feels like. Those ideas aren’t necessarily wrong.  But if you keep checking your results and experiences against ideas instead of against reality, you run some serious risks. To …

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Picking what’s important

How do you prioritize? As a person running a business, how do you choose where you spend your time – really? In talking with clients and with members of groups I attend and/or lead, I’ve noticed that what people say are their priorities … often bears little relationship to where they’re actually putting their attention and time. Your true priorities …

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