Negotiate for results

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When you really think about it, negotiating isn’t that hard. It’s simply a process where each side wants to get as much as possible from the other at the least possible cost. Which is something many business owners claim they do well. Maybe. Even though many can establish a good rapport, few have a system … Read More

When is it time to move on?

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I just got off the phone with a client who wants to close his landscaping business. Brian is successful and talented. And relatively young (late 30s). But it was just too much darn work, and Brian was growing to hate it. He had tried shifting his model from taking new projects to focus only on … Read More

Do you know where your money goes?

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I love Fall. Back-to-school time. School supply shopping. Fond memories of walking across my leafy green Wellesley college campus with a knapsack full of notebooks. (Yes, I’m a nerd. And proud). One of my newer clients, Denyse, hates it. She runs a social media firm based outside of Boston. For her, it’s “come-to-Jesus” time. Because … Read More

What keeps customers coming back?

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A customer comes to your business. They engage your services to solve their problem. What keeps them coming back, though, is the experience they have while you’re solving their problem. I tell you that to tell you this (indulge me): Between ages 5-8, I had a piano teacher I loved. Dorothy Jonas. She was petite, … Read More

What do open invoices say about your business?

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What do open invoices say about your business? Brian Tracy once said, All business is people business. That’s because businesses are built on relationships—whether you build those relationships online or offline. But when your clients don’t pay, what does that say about the value they place on that relationship? And when you let them not … Read More

The black hole of most strategic plans

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As Seen In … My client, Mike, is a busy entrepreneur. Whirling around like a Tasmanian devil traveling to client sites. Putting out fires. Encouraging employees. There’s barely enough time to handle strategic planning, much less the kind of “what if” planning should his airplane crash. Or car veer off the road on the way to … Read More

How to run a successful business

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I was sitting with my client Miriam over cocktails, a couple of weeks ago. She was having challenges growing her corporate training business and we were coming up with a game plan. (Sometimes, wine helps). Out of frustration she asked, What’s the secret? If there’s one thing—one magic bullet to running a successful business—what do … Read More