Small Business Resource Library
Select articles from my free newsletter “Roadmap.” To read an article, click on the article title.
Porter’s Five Forces and Strategic Planning for Small Businesses
How and when to use Porter’s framework for strategic analysis of a market.
Minimum Viable Product
An explanation on how to build product and service offerings that are of the most value to your customers.
Build and Organization That Can Adapt and Execute
Most strategic plans fail because the organization trying to execute the plan isn’t capable. This article reviews critical characteristics of organizations that are build to adapt and succeed.
Why Business Plans Fail
Too often a business plan is written about a faulty business model. Creating a business model is the single most effective means of driving business plan success.
Fail Fast for Quicker Success
How failure (in scenario planning) can facilitate greater and quicker success in your business.
Strategic Plans Drive Small Business Success
Over 85% of small businesses do not have a strategic business plan (strategic plan). By operating without a strategic plan, many small businesses are missing out on a powerful tool to help them define and reach their goals...
Top 5 Reasons Small Businesses Need Strategic Plans
1. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail….
How a Business Coach Transforms a Business From the Top Down
“A coach is someone who gets you to do what you don’t want to do, so you can be who you want to be.” – Tom Landry (former Dallas Cowboys Coach)...
Top 10 Reasons a Business Owner Hires a Business Coach
A recent survey of the International Coach Federation showed that business owners who have a business coach rate the experience as: 70% “very valuable” and 28.5% “valuable...”
Key Performance Indicators
There is an adage that says “what gets measured, gets done.” It means regular measurement and reporting keeps you focused upon the strategic goals your firm has set.
A Bit About Coaching
As a Business Coach I work with entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders to help them define and realize the business of their dreams. We work with our clients by providing outside perspective and decades of expertise. We work together with our clients to get their business on track, help their business grow, and strengthen their business.
Marketing Plan and Components
Within a strategic plan, the marketing plan guides how you will market your service/product or introduce a new service/product into your market niche. This article will provide an overview of the typical components found in a Marketing Plan and then look at the “Ps and Cs.” Understanding the marketing Ps and Cs will help analyze any marketing situation and they form the backbone of marketing analysis.
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Considerations for Structuring a Business for Growth
As small businesses grow they approach a tipping point where the owner must decide upon a structure and organization to continue growth and gain control over their time spent working on “business” concerns.
Assessments in Small Businesses
Previous articles have dealt with the challenges of attracting and retaining the right employees for your business. Resumes, referrals, and interviews are the primary inputs into the hiring decision. Many businesses fail to augment these three areas with assessments, both for prospective employees and current employees.
Two Heads are Better Than One
A review of how to best capture ideas and input from a group.
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