This section contains some essential "How-Tos" for small business owners and Entrepreneurs. The goals are to provide critical information, tips and recommendations to improve your business and help you focus on urgent components. After you have reviewed them, you should move to the PLANNING TEMPLATES section located in the Navigation bar beneath PLANNING ARTICLES.

How to Prioritize and Simplify for Increased Effectiveness

In 2005, Steve Jobs said “I have looked in the mirror every day and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? If the answer is ‘no’ too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” […]

Get a Better Understanding of Cause and Effect

We frequently assume relationships that imply cause and effect. This can be true for some issues, like overeating produces weight gain or exercise leads to better health. However, we frequently ignore that cause and effect need to be dissected in order to determine whether the relationship is random, or is actually cause and effect. We […]

Risk and Failure Can Be Keys to Success

Many organizations and individuals promote increased innovation, change and responsiveness. While there are lots of prescriptions, we frequently ignore the major barrier:  fear of risk and failure. It is well proven that the fear of loss is much greater than the perceived potential of gain. In part, this is a function of using analysis and […]

Generate More Ideas by Embracing the Truth

Jack Nicholson is known for the famous line:  “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” This is often truer in business than we care to admit.  We love to hang on to our hunches and beliefs, and we even twist facts and ignore reality to provide continuing support for an argument.  Similarly, we […]

How Planning Can Accelerate Innovation

There are two popular (yet different) approaches to achieving success in business.  The first way is to pursue excellence through planning and research.  The second way involves taking risks, innovating and thinking outside the box.  These approaches can be summarized in the following quotes: “Do what you do so well that they will want to […]