Do You Truly Want To Be A Growth CEO?

Professor William Wetzel, a venture capital expert, is credited as the first person to use the term “lifestyle business.” In these companies, he said, “there’s no upside potential for creating wealth.” Today, the term “lifestyle business” is oftentimes used dismissively. The companies we respect most – Apple, Google, Amazon, Coca-Cola – are growth companies with […]

Effective Communication Skills: Seeing The Business from your Employee’s POV

You’ve probably seen the television show Undercover Boss where the CEO or owner takes on an entry level position in his or her company—and gets an education in what’s really going on. But you don’t really need to pretend to be someone you’re not to see your business from your employees’ point of view. As […]

Your Creativity May be Hindering Your Company’s Growth

Long before I ever started coaching clients, I observed a phenomenon in my own family business that was a surprising inhibitor to the company’s growth. You would never think that the creative, energetic drive that a small business entrepreneur brings to a new enterprise could hinder its growth, but it can—and it happens more often […]

Are You Caught Under The Founder’s Cap?

Steve Jobs once said, “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice; and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” This is great advice for someone starting a business; but terrible, terrible advice for a business owner. Founders have to be tenacious; they have to block […]

What Kind Of Executives Do You Need for Your Small Business

What’s the best kind of executive to have on your team: a) A Yes Man? b) A Doubting Thomas? The truth is that when you look around the board table of high growth companies, you see a wide variety of leaders, and that’s the way it should be. Having a yes person isn’t a problem […]

Micro-Managing: How Founders Can Find the Strength to Step Aside

Letting go of micro-managing is almost always the hardest step for a founder but it can be a vital factor in encouraging the growth of your business. Sometimes this lesson is forced upon owners. I recently ran into a business owner I hadn’t seen in a few years. It turned out he had had cancer […]