Profit is the primary signal of sustainable and scalable customer value. If you’re not profiting, you don’t know what value you’re providing.Read More
See Vision and Do Mission
Vision and Mission are two of the most misused and therefore meaningless words in business. But it doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, be that way.Read More
Some Notes On Making Decisions
There is a rich set of documented experiences and backing theory, which says that making decisions should be part of your regular habit. Even better, there is practical advice for putting these ideas into action.Read More
Onwards and Upwards
The capstone of the Entrepreneurial Action Levels framework is Level 5: Onwards and Upwards. As with your entrepreneurial journey in toto, your need to act at any of the five levels is not a linear path.Read More
Happy October Holiday!
October 10, 2022 is both Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. Holidays are often days of reflection and re-connection with aspirations.Read More
Thriving with the Fittest
Your customers are always looking for better outcomes and higher value. There are no two ways about it, price is a key factor in the perception of value.Read More
Putting Out Into the Deep
Launching. Learning. Listening.
While you may not always act at this level, someone in your company had better be!Read More
Sports and Business: a few of my favorite things
This week I was a guest on a podcast for the first time.
I’ve loved podcasts since … forever? But this was the first time I was on one.Read More
Making Plans and Gathering the Clans
Exploring. Imagining. Trying.
It’s time to get serious in your entrepreneurial journey. It’s no time to go it alone.Read More
Reflections on Joseph’s Alphabet
With our older son now started in his first year of mechanical engineering, I thought it was high time to write down the “references to things he loved at the time” of his second birthday before I forget them!Read More
Answering the Call
So, you want to be an entrepreneur? Here’s where you begin.Read More
What Are the Steps to Building a Beautiful Business?
No, you can’t just follow someone’s template: at best that will waste your time and energy. No, there’s no simple formula to follow. But you can do better than emulating successful entrepreneurs, you can have a framework for action and an intentional approach to build the beautiful business you’ve always imagined.Read More
Being Data-Driven is Dumb
5+ years later, software vendors and consultants are still advertising the importance of being data-driven. It’s good for them to sell software and services, but it’s not at all what you need.Read More
Some Notes On Digital Transformation
Application modernization, cloud migration, digital transformation. Going from where you are to where you “ought to be” is a journey down a non-linear path you can’t predict; and, until you need them, you won’t even know all the tools and skills you’ll need to make it.Read More
What is “Digital Transformation” and do I need one?
As an entrepreneur in our modern digital economy your business needs to leverage technology for success, and “digital transformation” has been the buzzword de jour for years to describe what companies need to do to become competitive in the 21st Century. Even so, business owners rightly respond, “But what is it and do I really need to it?”Read More
3 Simple Tech Trends For Your Business
As an entrepreneur in our modern digital economy your business needs to leverage technology for success. But there are so many new techs, and so many old ones. What should I pay attention to? What should I try to use in my business?Read More
Empathic Entrepreneurs are Expert Entrepreneurs
Your mind is a powerful computer. Expert entrepreneurs, as well as the best leaders and managers, use it to simulate the experience of customers and employees.Read More
Why Expert Entrepreneurs Have Imagination
Expert entrepreneurs aren’t daydreamers! And even if they are, I don’t have time in my business for that! Entrepreneurship is a creative endeavor, but is also firmly rooted in reality. When we talk about “entrepreneurial imagination” it may not be what you first think.Read More
Why Expert Entrepreneurs Are Good Listeners
It is so important to listen. To all your stakeholders, but especially to your customers. Being a good listener is another trait that expert entrepreneurs share, but even that is not enough to build a beautiful business.Read More
Why Expert Entrepreneurs Know Humility Is Key
“I started my own business because I wanted to be my own boss!” Great! But if you want to grow that business and have it thrive, you had better have a healthy dose of humility to navigate the situations where data and feedback show that you’ve been wrong.Read More