When Does Succession Start?

Barb Stuhlemmer

Here’s why your people can’t do the work as well as you?

Here’s why your people can’t do the work as well as you? cleaning a mirror

Many times, I have been told how hard it is to hire great people. I get questions and statements like: Why can’t they do the work I expect them to do? I hire experts and I still have to make everything happen. Is there a secret or is there really no good people? Well, it’s […]

Change: What AI and Photography have in Common

Change: What AI and Photography have in Common Artificial arm illuminated by photo image.

In the early 2000s the cost of a digital camera came down, making it more affordable to the average person to own one. The benefit of a digital camera was that you didn’t need to understand shutter speed, ISO, and aperture settings, because the camera knew how to do this for you. You also didn’t […]

From Developer to Leader: Building a Team for Generational Continuity and Sale

From Developer to Leader: Building a Team for Generational Continuity and Sale Jet con-trail on blue sky, going straight up.

You are the owner of your business and you are the leader of almost everything you have put into place so far. You made all the initial decision and the initial investments of time, money, and energy. You have lead the way through the initial sales, hiring support and employees, and you are the one […]

Exiting Your Business is Like Running a Train with No Conductor

Exiting Your Business is Like Running a Train with No Conductor Train tracks at sunset

As a business owner, we are the conductor of our small business. The train runs because we tell it what has to happen and when. But, when we want to stop being the conductor, for most small business, this means the train will not run any longer. If we want to get off the train […]

Business Lessons Visiting Dealerships

Business Lessons Visiting Dealerships

A friend recently shared a story of how he and his business partner tried to purchase several cars for their business but no one would service them because they were dressed in t-shirts and jeans. That was “the 90s”. In 2013, I experienced a similar sales problem. I went into several car dealership, wearing a […]

Can’t find good help? Why your people don’t step up.

Can’t find good help? Why your people don’t step up. mascot in a large crowd

Let me start with a story: I have had several clients, whom are small business owners, tell me they cannot find good help. The owner hires people they expect to do well and then have to fire them within a few months, or less. They have a huge challenge getting the people they hire to […]

Invest To Create a Successful Business

Invest To Create a Successful Business Meerkat watching for change - Vigiliant

Of course you are going to invest in your business. You started with your time, researching, following up on opportunities, and paying for all the items you needed to get started. As Arlene Dickinson commented, “you’re going to need twice as much cash, twice as many hours in the day as there are, and twice […]