Run a meeting like Alfred Sloan (1 min)

Alfred Sloan- "... the most effective business executive I have ever known."^ - Peter Drucker Peter Drucker called Alfred Sloan "the most effective business executive I have ever known" citing his meeting and follow-up methodology as significant reasons why. In general, the most effective executives strive to make themselves obsolete in the day to day running of the … Continue reading Run a meeting like Alfred Sloan (1 min)

When a decision is done (4 parts Drucker, 1 part Flynn (1 minute read)

I just finished reading Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker. As with most things Drucker, it was written many years ago and still holds true today; especially one section - when a decision is truly made. Sometimes, we make a decision and wonder why it has not been carried out fully and/or are surprised by the … Continue reading When a decision is done (4 parts Drucker, 1 part Flynn (1 minute read)

Simplification leads to outsized business success (2 of 2; 4 min read)

What do the following people have in common? Henry Ford; the McDonald Brothers and Ray Kroc; Walt Disney; Ingvar Kamprad; Herb Kelleher; Steve Jobs and Jony Ive; Akio Morita; Bill Bain; James Dyson; Mitt Romney; Jeff Bezos; Pierre Omidyar; Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Daniel Ek; Joe Gebbia; and Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. They … Continue reading Simplification leads to outsized business success (2 of 2; 4 min read)

How to never run out of cash (#11 – final post in series – 4 min read)

Before jumping in, I think that Cash as a topic is inextricably linked to People - people pay you cash, you pay people cash and people spend your cash. People also are the ones that can find new ways to make and spend your cash. Providing some focus in these two areas can really pay … Continue reading How to never run out of cash (#11 – final post in series – 4 min read)

Execution -> Destination, Calculation, and Conversation (#10 in a series – 4 minute read)

A few habits - well practiced - create beauty, efficiency, and profitability in a business. I believe that execution is mainly about three things: Destination - Leaders establish the main goal(s) to achieve. Calculation - Leaders establish the right metrics to measure progress. A combination of leading and lagging indicators is recommended. Conversation - Leaders … Continue reading Execution -> Destination, Calculation, and Conversation (#10 in a series – 4 minute read)

4 Decisions to get right for scale-ups (#7 in a series – 3 mins)

We have now covered all the main areas in previous posts to tackle in order to successfully navigate through the startup phase. We will now move to the next stage of your business growth – scaling up! (This assumes that you have customers, employees and are at least near or at break even if not making some … Continue reading 4 Decisions to get right for scale-ups (#7 in a series – 3 mins)

Entrepreneur’s step by step success guide from Start-up to Scale-up (1 min read)

Over the next few months, I will be providing a step by step process on how to go from an idea, to validating it, to crafting a go-to-market strategy that is repeatable and then to scaling a healthy and thriving business.   This journey will be a combination of my own experience (30 years, 20+ businesses, … Continue reading Entrepreneur’s step by step success guide from Start-up to Scale-up (1 min read)

Why Cows, Buffalo and DNA are keys to growing your company (4 minute read)

I have been reading and hearing a lot about the human genome lately. How four letters in different combinations create the 3.2 billion patterns that make up each one of us.  With more than 7 Billion people on the planet, there is some likelihood that someone (other than twins) has your exact pattern but it … Continue reading Why Cows, Buffalo and DNA are keys to growing your company (4 minute read)