Posts Tagged:Business Plans

You’re Not Selling Time

In many service-based businesses, in the trades, in the professions, or in any business where the labour of a human is involved in the delivery of the service, there is often the notion that the person delivering the service is being paid for their time. This is simply not the case, what they are being…

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The Other Person In The Room

When you have a conversation with a business owner, it is vital to consider the other person in the room – the business.   The business is a very demanding person, both of me as an adviser, and as a life partner of the “real” people in the room. I always think of her as…

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9 Things Business Owners Forget But Shouldn’t

In business we all get very tied up in the moment, in pursuing the next sale or delivering the next order. It is very easy for us to forget at times (or choose to forget) some simple truths which remembering will help us to focus on what is important. Here are a few of my…

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The Next One

For years I have been fascinated by this guy. I have written about him, presented about him, made videos involving him, read several books about him and watched lots of documentaries. I had the good fortune to see him and the Stones a year or two ago, and they, and in particular Keith, were in…

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On Advice

We call ourselves advisers, which means we provide “ADVICE”, but what is advice anyway? There are many professions who are in the business of providing advice, from doctors and dentists to accountants and lawyers, from engineers to motor mechanics, from architects to builders. We all get a lot of advice in our lives, some of…

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Do You Want It Badly Enough?

I describe myself as a poor but enthusiastic golfer. There is nothing that I like more than wandering around a paddock in the sunshine attempting to hit a small, defenceless white ball with a tool that is ill-equipped for the purpose. Like most golfers, a goal of mine is to lower my handicap sufficiently to…

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Why You Can Never Catch Up!

I keep banging on about the need to start NOW – see articles here and here for examples of my rants. To reinforce the point, I want to remind you of something you probably learned in High School. It is what Einstein described as the eighth wonder of the world (there is some debate as to…

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The Time For Advice is Now!

“It’s only advice dammit, not holy decree!” – Paul Wright   I once heard a story in connection with advertising “when the business owner was enjoying the good times he did not need to advertise, when he was experiencing bad times he could not afford to advertise, funny thing is that nobody remembers his name.”…

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Do You Crave Certainty?

My crystal ball must be on the blink. I bought it in New Zealand so maybe it is only tuned to the local cosmic frequencies there, but despite having spent a deal of time gazing into it, I have been unable to see anything remotely resembling the future, other than my increasingly distorted reflection. I…

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Are you making the right choices in small business?

The “control freak” in most business owners ,is probably why we are in business for ourselves in the first place. As a small business owner myself for more than 30 years, I have first hand experience of the ups and the downs that this most interesting of endeavours can bring. The excitement of success is…

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