Accountability for Growth

Accountability in Growth

Congratulations! You’ve set your goals for this year (or quarter or month…maybe your week, who knows). They’re all SMART goals and you know who’s going to be responsible for seeing them all accomplished, right? Great! It’s time for growth. But wait…something came up that pulled your focus away from those goals – only for a […]

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Growth and Goal Setting

We talk about strategic growth a lot around here. Just about everything that we do, whether it’s the clients we bring on, the volunteer work that we do, the charities to which we donate our financial resources – it all comes back to our strategy. And there’s one question that I make myself answer every […]

S.M.A.R.T Goals

  Specific Specific goals have a greater chance of getting accomplished than when you set a general goal. In order to set a specific goal, answer the following questions: Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Where? Location identification. When is it due? Which? Requirements and constraints, if any Why am I doing […]

Business Growth Strategies Defined

Most businesses start small and stay small. In this day and age if small isn’t enough and you want to make it to the next level, a growth strategy is imperative. You’ll have to account for intensive growth for the transition and then integrative growth for after your boom and diversification for beyond.   Intensive […]

The 5 Stages of Business Growth

All businesses experience cycles and stages of everything from success to frustration at some point or another. In their Harvard Business Review whitepaper, Neil C. Churchill and Virginia L Lewis state the 5 Stages of Small Business Growth as; Existence, Survival, Success, Take Off (Growth), and Resource Maturity. 1. Existence Existence is the hardest stage […]

Content Is King

Content is King When Marketing to the Masses

When it comes to marketing, most new organizations consistently do a poor job of getting their message out to the masses. And, if they have success it can usually be attributed to the terrific technology, the timing or in some ways, excellent word-of-mouth that develops – but not the marketing. It’s the reason why many […]

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How to Affect Change from the Board of a Nonprofit

Although important, in many cases sitting on the board of a nonprofit can be somewhat discouraging to those who possess a business background especially when you consider the slow to moderate pace with which changes occur. Many people would rather resign and those who stay on will do so quietly in an effort to avoid […]

Engage Your Employees

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Captivate Your Employees

Motivating people is the most important function of any leader in any company, organization or institution. But too often, many fail to realize just how important a role it is. Although it can help, you don’t need to be charismatic to have the ability to inspire. Following a few simple rules can do the trick […]

Startup Growth with Angel Investors

Where to Find Angel Investors for Your Startup

It’s the angel investors and not the venture capitalists that are likely to get your startup off and running to proving your concept. They really can be found in the following four categories: Family and friends Although there are pros and cons, this group is typically the easiest to access since you already know them […]