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Three ways past success can stifle business

by Kate on December 28, 2012

Past business success can stifle needed change. It can blind you to the need for change, or make it hard to push through the discomfort and disruption of new ways. Here are three things to watch out for as you consider changes needed to take your business to the next level. Moving house, even moving [...]


Do you really need a business plan for 2013?

by Kate on December 26, 2012

As 2013 commences, you might be thinking about goals for the year. If you are, don’t just make goals – do the planning that will help you accomplish them. Business planning helps a business be successful. Unfortunately, many small businesses underperform because their leaders either have no plan, or the one they have isn’t appropriate [...]


How to think strategically

by Kate on October 2, 2012

How can we plan when so much is uncertain? The answer is not so much about looking out of the front of the bus to see the road ahead, but getting out of it to look around and check what’s changed. And you can’t afford to leave it to an annual planning day. According to [...]


Are you ready?

by Kate on September 10, 2011

How much time have you got? What would happen to your business if something happened to you? How would your family respond? This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of 3,000 people losing their lives in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre. On a smaller scale, I read this week about David Reichenberg, a franchise owner [...]


Planning for a powerful 2011

by Kate on December 29, 2010

The time between Christmas and New Year is perfect for planning or reviewing and refreshing your plans for the year ahead. With a couple of days still to go before January 1, there’s time to give your business attention that will set things up for a powerful start to 2011. The relaxed pace at this [...]


What were your accomplishments this year?

by Kate on December 13, 2010

As you reflect on the year, did things turn out as planned? At this time of year, thoughts often turn to looking back: “Did we get done what we planned?” – before looking forward to next year’s goals. If you had big plans this year, it’s quite likely that not all of your goals were [...]

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“What are you doing this month to get January off to a fast and solid start?” This question (posted on Twitter) caught my attention: it pushes me to get past being busy and instead get focused and proactive. Not easy, especially at this time of year when we often hear and say things like: “I’m [...]