A quick trawl of the internet found me these definitions of the verb "to delegate":Read More
Investors and business angels have a clear exit strategy - grow fast for 3-5 years, sell up and crystallise the gains. Happily, this strategy often coincides with that of the entrepreneur, who wants to get this business idea going, and then move on to the next.
Most small business owners don’t have an exit strategy, or certainly don’t start with one.Read More
In his E-myth books, Michael Gerber identifies three key roles in a business: the entrepreneur, who drives the vision for the business; the technician, who does the work, and the manager who acts as a bridge between them, planning and organising the work of technicians to achieve the entrepreneur’s vision.
If the vision is shared by everyone, do you then need managers?Read More
According to my Chambers dictionary, this is the probable origin of the word ‘Manage’, deriving from the 16th century Italian ‘Maneggio’.Read More
Control freaks get a bad rap.Read More
Your business eats you up. It takes all your energy and focus, you worry about it even when you’re not there, so you…Read More
A common reaction to the idea of writing a ‘score’ for a business is “That’s not possible! There are just too many variations we’d have to account for.”
The trick is not to try.Read More
What springs to mind when I use the word ‘process’ in conversation with people is something boring and robotic - a highly detailed description of how to perform some low-level, small-grained task, devoid of context and utterly lacking in colour and humanity.Read More
“How do I get my people to think like an owner?”Read More
Seeing a case or project through from beginning to end is very satisfying - both for the person doing it, and for the client on the other side.Read More
Mozart could carry an entire opera in his head. But he didn’t expect his orchestra to read his mind. He wrote them a score.
A jazz composer like Art Blakey didn’t expect his band members to read his mind either.Read More
Small business owners like us can easily become control freaks. Not because we need to be in control of other people, but because we care about making sure our clients get the experience they deserve, the one we promised them.Read More
Here’s a quick way to get some of your core Business Activities out of your head and documented so that other people can run them instead of you:Read More